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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 7:00 am 
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...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 really like this; I may have to try it!

I have a nephew who does this sort of thing ("Don't you want some meat? I won't tell anyone, it will be our secret!" "There's no meat in it, only a little blood!"), but I generally just tune it out, smile, and ignore it, as I would with anyone who uses the same tired old schtick over and over and over and over again. That said, my oldest son did get fed up with it at one holiday last year and said something to him; my nephew seemed honestly surprised that anyone would be bothered, and apologized. Since then he's been a bit better about it, but as I say, I'm not really bothered one way or another (wasn't it nice of my kid to stick up for me, though?). Then there was the time my sister showed up to some occasion at my house with her own stick of butter, which just made me laugh. It was all I could do not to ask her if she'd brought her special sippy cup, too.

On a par with that is my stupid, artisanal lard chomping, foodie-wannabe ex: "Hey, did you know that 'vegetarian' was originally an Indian word? It means - "
Me: "Bad hunter."
Him: "Oh, you've heard that one?"
Me: "Yes. Lots & lots & lots of times. Also, I can't believe that I used to be married to you."

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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:01 am 
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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?

I'm sure he went online to his usenet pog group where everyone was very sympathetic.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:12 am 
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It's appropriate in almost any situation.


It really is! I have to work hard not to say it to my boss when he explains things.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:37 am 
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pyroFOODiak wrote:
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?

I'm sure he went online to his usenet pog group where everyone was very sympathetic.


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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:51 am 
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"CHICKEN?!!! ARE YOU NOT VEGAN ANYMORE?!"

oh sorrrryyyyy i meant chik'n. (you dumbpants)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:52 am 
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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 idea a lot and am going to keep it in mind for future use.

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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!

This one is hilarious. I don't know if I could successfully pull it off myself, but I'm really tempted to give it a try!

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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:53 am 
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I always like to ask people what compels them to behave in the way I find objectionable. I ask them also what they think it's accomplishing. If they seem surprised and unable to answer, I suggest scenarios - Are you uncomfortable about your own choices? Do people who are different make you feel uncomfortable? Do you see me as an easy target because I'm in the minority?

And so on. It's effective because it really spotlights them as the person with no sense who's just lashing out. It also does force some people to confront, at least internally, why they're doing it.

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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:41 am 
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Okay. So....

I went up to him and said, "Hey, I need to talk to you about something that's been bothering me for a while now."
He interrupted me with, "You want a cheeseburger?"

And then I hit him. Hard. In the mouth. And again in the temple as he fell.
He's probably going to press charges. And I probably broke a couple fingers. Typing this is excruciating.
I might be away for a while.

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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:14 pm 
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I really wanted you to be serious. I would have defended you.

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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:35 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: "You mean Tofu McNuggets"
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:32 pm 
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Fee wrote:
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.


this is very true. when i'm out and about with my boyfriend (who is an omnivore) and people start to ask me stupid questions, he'll say something along the lines of 'you realize she hears this every day of her life, right?' and then will generally stand up for my veganism.

apparently, if an omnivore shows support of your veganism, it makes it look more credible to other omnivores. annoying, but true.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 6:05 pm 
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I once did the whole "OH MY GOD, that is so FUNNY. Did you come up with that all on your OWN?" thing once, and the guy apologized to me. Ha! It was awkward because it was literally the third or fourth thing I'd ever said to this guy, ever, and he was the spouse of someone and I'd been hearing about him for a long time and was finally meeting him. But fork that noise, he brought it on himself.

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