Joaquin Phoenix Used Oscar Speech to Call Out Dairy Industry and Fans Don't Know What to Think

Throughout awards season, Joaquin Phoenix has used his position to talk about causes important to him.

Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix

Throughout awards season, Joaquin Phoenix has used his position to talk about causes important to him. The Joker star made sure to stress the damage of climate change after he won at the Golden Globes, and highlighted the industry's problems with diveristy at the BAFTAs. He touched upon the topics of representation, racism, inequality, and animal rights when he won Best Actor at the Oscars on Sunday, and one part of his speech really got people talking.

"I think we've become very disconnected from the natural world," Phoenix said when discussing animal's rights. "And many of us, what we're guilty of, is an egocentric worldview, the belief that we're the center of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk, that's intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal."  

Phoenix has often promoted a vegan lifestyle, and has previously campaigned for both In Defense of Animals and PETA. Regardless, his comments came as a surprise to many watching the awards ceremony, prompting some interesting responses on social media.

See what Twitter had to say about Phoenix advocating for more oat milk in all of our lives below.

Joaquin Phoenix is really out here at the #Oscars lecturing us about how we oppress cows for their milk

— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 10, 2020

joaquin phoenix really stood up on stage and said stop drinking milk u fucking animals #Oscars

— lauren 🖤 (@RenMarieG) February 10, 2020

Every single person who won an Oscar tonight: I’d like to thank so many people..

Joaquin Phoenix: No, shut up and sit the fuck down. We’re gona talk about the way we artificially inseminate cows and steal their milk.

— Jake Mart (@JMartFronchroom) February 10, 2020

When u make your coffe and use milk remember Joaquin Phoenix is watching and is disappointed #theoscars

— CP (@chrispasqua) February 10, 2020

We just went from racism to oat milk ok!!!

— Zara Rahim (@ZaraRahim) February 10, 2020

weird milk comment aside, Joaquin Phoenix spent this whole award season delivering speeches about issues affecting the world today that most of the rooms he stood before would never talk about if they had his platform; good on him

— amber 💕 (@mbrleigh) February 10, 2020

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