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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:46 pm 
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Yes. I get it. I don't eat meat. It's been 10 years. Maybe you can come up with something new to quip about.

What do you do about about that one family member or family friend you've known your whole life that seemingly has nothing to say to you other than little vegan jokes? I mean, I KNOW it's often a defense mechanism. Especially when it's someone who has health problems brought on by the way they eat. BUT WHAT DO YOOOOOUUUUUU DO?

What? Do? YOU? Do?

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Ask them "what the fork? Seriously? Do you want from me?"

Constantly pinging on you is harassing and annoying and I would have to finally call them on it. I hate that shiitake!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:32 pm 
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but it's not MEAN. it's good-natured jabbing. not enough to warrant blowing up. i'll eventually send an email or something.

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Yeah. I would talk about it sometime when there's no food around. Just say it's gotten annoying. It may not change anything, but at least after that you won't feel like such a jerk when you abruptly change the subject.

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Then I would ask "what the eff" in a nice polite way. Or you know, try the nice tactic. "It's kinda annoying, can we find another thing about me to make fun of?"


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Or you just act really dumb and make really labored, earnest responses:

"Tofu nuggets? No, on the package it just said tofu. Is there a product out there called tofu nuggets? I might have to look into that. Thanks!"

"My food is what your food eats? How do you mean? Oh! I see! Because you eat cows and pigs and they eat plants and I'm eating plants! Good one! Yeah, I guess it's true that my food is what your food eats, when you look at it a certain way."

He'll stop talking to you altogether.

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I usually respond with a tired-sounding "yeah, yeah. Anyway..." That tends to do the trick. If they persist after that, which is rare, then I kick them in the throat and break between 4 and 7 of their fingers.

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I can totally empathize with you! I get this occasionally from co-workers, "friends," or extended family members. The one that bugs me the most though is a vegetarian co-worker who likes to poke fun (although he probably means it in a playful way) at my veganism. I find it particularly annoying because I thought we were more on the same page compared to others (i.e. omnivores). He's made comments to students about me being "one of those animal rights activists" (he's veg for environmental reasons) and he commented about how good venison is when I talked about some deer near my house that I think are beautiful. I'll give him an irritated look or sarcastic remark back, but I don't think he gets it. Ugh!

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"ooh, you are so original, I haven't heard that one since saturday".
I have an inlaw who pokes fun at me all the time.


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I would just tell them them that the jokes aren't funny. I am very a very upfront type of person though. If it annoys or upsets me, I will confront.

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Next time I would just wearily smile, then later take them aside and say 'look, I know you're trying to be funny but you've been using the same jokes for ten years and it's starting to get kind of embarrassing. I'm just saying this as a friend, because I don't want you to keep sounding so painfully unfunny in front of everyone else, you know?'. Then give a thumbs up and walk away.

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I do have one friend who makes so many vegan comments my other friends get on them when they say shiitake and that does tend to end it. It means a lot more when it's not coming from the vegan.

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Una wrote:
I would just tell them them that the jokes aren't funny. I am very a very upfront type of person though. If it annoys or upsets me, I will confront.

Yeah, I think it would come to this eventually if it were me. I'm pretty non confrontational but sometimes the direct approach is best.


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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
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It's hard for me not to get angry (I have a temper and a short fuse) but I'm trying to just say something equally ridiculous in response. My current favourite response is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJRBs6-G ... re=related (only 3 secs)

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You sound like you're from Lahndahn!


Freaking love it! Just saying it immediately makes me laugh and makes me feel better about the previous bullshiitake.

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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
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I would probably just stare at them blankly until they feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. Refer to Aubrey Plaza for the correct facial expression.

But that's just me.

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Next time I would just wearily smile, then later take them aside and say 'look, I know you're trying to be funny but you've been using the same jokes for ten years and it's starting to get kind of embarrassing. I'm just saying this as a friend, because I don't want you to keep sounding so painfully unfunny in front of everyone else, you know?'. Then give a thumbs up and walk away.


I like this response! I have a few people in my life like this, mainly my younger brother, but I don't see him too often, so I just say something like, "ha, ha, ha, hilarious" in a tone that shows I definitely don't think it's hilarious. Do you not see this friend often or have much to talk about? That's how it kind of is with my brother, so I just deal with it and know that he's the lame-o, not me.

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Aliks wrote:
"ooh, you are so original, I haven't heard that one since saturday".
I have an inlaw who pokes fun at me all the time.


I'm similar to this. I always say in a monotone voice, "Oh my god, you're so funny. I've never heard that one before."


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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
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I'd go for the nuts, followed by a twist. Then reply, "Yeah, tofu mcNUGGETS, MUTHA FUKKA!"


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this can't be the only thing that anybody has ever made fun of you about. how did you learn to cope with people making fun of you in elementary school or high school? how is your diet different?


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FootFace wrote:
Or you just act really dumb and make really labored, earnest responses:

"Tofu nuggets? No, on the package it just said tofu. Is there a product out there called tofu nuggets? I might have to look into that. Thanks!"

"My food is what your food eats? How do you mean? Oh! I see! Because you eat cows and pigs and they eat plants and I'm eating plants! Good one! Yeah, I guess it's true that my food is what your food eats, when you look at it a certain way."

He'll stop talking to you altogether.

I like this.

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I usually respond with a tired-sounding "yeah, yeah. Anyway..." That tends to do the trick. If they persist after that, which is rare, then I kick them in the throat and break between 4 and 7 of their fingers.

And I like this, especially how you know that three fingers is not enough.

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my husband's technique for dealing with the same stupid joke over & over again (related to veg*nism or not) is to laugh very loudly, fakely, & overdramatically right into the person's face, as though it were just the funniest thing ever -- and then to abruptly stop, let his face fall slack & look away. this technique may not be for everyone, but it always works for him!


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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
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'Tofu McNugget' ...> OOOHHHH, i get it, like how a 'Chicken McNugget' isn't meat either, haha, witty. vOv

Seriously never bothers me when people jab at me, sometimes I play stupid as though they've never heard that joke before and go into a lengthy explanation about the differences between TVP, Tofu and other meat substitutes. (just to punish them for their lack of creativity)

And really in the end, don't we win? Less competition to keep all the delicious food to ourselves!

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Freaking love it! Just saying it immediately makes me laugh and makes me feel better about the previous bullshiitake.

Russell Brand! Russell Brand! Russell Brand!

I'm another sarcastic one, I usually give a dead-pan "Hilarious." or a severely over the top "haylaaaaaarious!" Role your eyes while you're saying it for extra effect!

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RandiJM wrote:
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You sound like you're from Lahndahn!


Freaking love it! Just saying it immediately makes me laugh and makes me feel better about the previous bullshiitake.


Haha, Boyfriend and I say this all the time- usually when someone is saying something really long-winded and the other has tuned out already. It's appropriate in almost any situation.

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