Mayim Bialik, one of the stars of the hit television show “The Big Bang Theory,” is no stranger to controversy. This time, the actress posted a video on YouTube discussing the “4 Reasons I Don’t Like Thanksgiving,” which included statements saying, as a vegan, she doesn’t “like the tradition” of killing turkeys and that the holiday celebrates genocide.
Bialik first reason for disliking Thanksgiving focuses on what she refers to as “excessive excess,” or the American penchant for “drinking copious amounts of alcohol and, in the case of Thanksgiving, eating copious amounts of food.”
She states, “I don’t think there is anything appealing about a holiday where you eat so much that you’re going to explode.”
Bialik added, “And I don’t want to hear all the creative ways that you made yourself full the following days with making omelets with the turkey and sandwiches with the turkey. I’m a Scrooge about it. I don’t like it.”
Her second point involves her position as a vegan and dislike for the killing of turkeys. Bialik says, “I don’t like the tradition of killing a bird that, in most cases, has been genetically modified so that it’s so big it can’t even stand up.”
“And then you lay its carcass on a tray, and you carve it up, and then you eat it,” said Bialik. “I don’t like that tradition. I don’t want that one. And, I know, you think, ‘you vegans ruin everything.’ Well, you know what? I think your tradition of killing an animal and laying its carcass and eating the skin and flesh of it, I think it’s gross. That ruins it too.
Bialik’s third point may ring home for many, as it refers to the numerous Jewish holidays during fall, including Sukkot, which is effectively equivalent to Thanksgiving, and her exhaustion of preparing so many large meals.
“I’m just over it. I’m over the cooking and the cleaning and the menus and the leftovers. I’m over it. Done.”
“History is written by the winners,” Bialik’s fourth reason for disliking Thanksgiving, discusses the circumstances surrounding the holiday’s creation, including what she refers to as the “genocide” of the indigenous people.
She states, “The truth is, European invaders came to this land, took it from indigenous people, raped, pillaged, gave them all sorts of diseases, called it their own, and desecrated a culture.”
“It is one of the grossest examples of genocide in recent history and, much as I don’t want to think Thanksgiving’s about that, it’s really hard for me not to think about that when I think about Thanksgiving,” Bialik added.
Bialik does make some positive points about the holiday, including that she enjoys the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the “attitude of gratitude” many people exude during the season and the sense of togetherness.
h/t The Daily Wire