Talk about poking the hornet's nest.
He's a world-renowned chef, a restaurateur, a reality television megastar, and now his notoriously loud mouth and his latest attack on veganism have garnered him a new moniker to add to his list: vegan troll.
Yes, the Simon Cowell of the culinary set has spouted off once again—this time via Twitter—and the results are as nasty as a dish prepared by the first contestant booted out of each season of Hell's Kitchen.
Here's the scoop:
When Twitter user Raymond (@savebrincess), asked Ramsay how his vegan lasagna looked . . .
@GordonRamsay how does my vegan lasagna look https://t.co/sonis2E52I— raymond (@raymond)1517566924.0
. . . Ramsay didn't mince words (because he's too busy mincing meat!):
I’m a member of PETA ! People eating tasty animals...... https://t.co/t9xCuVWDtq— Gordon Ramsay (@Gordon Ramsay)1517567766.0
Oh no he didn't. Oh, yes, yes he did!
In the eyes of vegans, to repurpose the holy acronym of PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) is pure blasphemy and they didn't hesitate to dress him (and his meat-eating ways) down:
@GordonRamsay @yian7mufc Funny how you always have vegetables with your meat though. If it was so tasty you could e… https://t.co/BfWx5ortj3— Türker (@Türker)1517575067.0
Ramsay is no stranger to angering vegans. He apparently relishes in making something of a sport out of it. In fact, it seems he has a reminder set in his calendar or something to annually make a negative remark about vegetarians or vegans—no doubt to stir up a little controversy—and possibly some publicity in the process.
In February last year, Ramsay tweeted this response to a now, removed tweet:
This is why I'm not a vegetarian https://t.co/pZObMH0wnb— Gordon Ramsay (@Gordon Ramsay)1487134959.0
The prior year, in a tweet dated February 2016, Ramsay was asked by a fan on Twitter if he had any allergies, to which he replied:
Vegans https://t.co/l2YTQkSfTT— Gordon Ramsay (@Gordon Ramsay)1456105544.0
So it's no wonder they're now out for blood . . . oh wait, they're vegans, so . . .um . . . no, they aren't:
@TwalRamez @vegemelon @GordonRamsay Most vegans have tried animal products. They aren’t missing out on anything. Th… https://t.co/GUBVuX7MGl— Kiera Williams (@Kiera Williams)1517635888.0
@GordonRamsay You're just a desperate individual intimidated by the rise of the #vegan movement. It's the future, y… https://t.co/YKoV1AhK5u— MaisyMooCow (@MaisyMooCow)1517660868.0
Even PETA itself weighed in:
@GordonRamsay A real "hell's kitchen" is full of corpses & secretions from artificially inseminated, castrated, & r… https://t.co/FzyMFRzGRm— PETA (@PETA)1517598365.0
@GordonRamsay We recommend you make a reservation at Michelin-starred @PollenStSocial to savour its eight-course… https://t.co/f017N8Git4— PETA (@PETA)1517598391.0
Eric C. Lindstrom, author of The Skeptical Vegan: My Journey from Notorious Meat Eater to Tofu-Munching Vegan—A Survival Guide, suggested Ramsay read his book:
@GordonRamsay Seriously ... you should read this. #GoVegan with https://t.co/HtOVnU88kF. https://t.co/0S46RkhfmL— The Skeptical Vegan (@The Skeptical Vegan)1517572507.0
But then a few non-vegans brought up some valid points of their own:
@GordonRamsay I like vegans that accept ppl for what they are and don’t shove their lifestyle choices down other pp… https://t.co/SLpWaMKlfo— Petra Kentrop (@Petra Kentrop)1517578599.0
@GordonRamsay Vegan lasagna? Like why even bother eating?— 👻Steve the Ghost👻 (@👻Steve the Ghost👻)1517585137.0
@GordonRamsay https://t.co/lsq5nHzDIz— George Farr (@George Farr)1517575220.0
@GordonRamsay If animals dont want to be eaten Why are they made of food?— Reece Bailie (@Reece Bailie)1517582161.0
And some fellow carnivores were just thankful for Ramsay's support:
@GordonRamsay THANK YOU!!!! People eating tasty animals all the way!— Lyndsey Moss (@Lyndsey Moss)1517584471.0
@GordonRamsay Same here Ramsay https://t.co/lp4IsKM45D— Anthony Wotawa (@Anthony Wotawa)1517590654.0
@GordonRamsay Absolute ripper of a response. I'm a member of this PETA too then!— Darxion (@Darxion)1517567929.0
@GordonRamsay https://t.co/Cubfd1W2fb— Aaron (@Aaron)1517568962.0
What do you think? Should Ramsay have made such an in-your-face, no-holds-barred statement, or should he have been a little kinder to the guy with the meatless lasagna? Talk amongst yourselves . . .