7:01 am - 06/20/2012

Vegetarian Actress Honey Lee Caught Eating Meat on Air! Raises Moral and Ethical Questions



Actress Honey Lee has been under fire for her “lying” on air. Last month, the former Miss Korea made a guest appearance on OnStyle’sLee Hyori’s Golden 12” and revealed that she had been following a pesco-vegetarian diet for past nine years. She stated, “It’s been about nine years since I became a vegetarian.”

However, keen netizens were able to dig up a clip of Honey Lee eating meat. In 2010, she starred in Olive TV’sShe’s Olive – My Sweet Canada,” where she traveled throughout Canada, meeting people and enjoying the local culture. During the segment, she was captured deliciously eating on various meaty dishes. As such, netizens began criticizing the celebrity, commenting, “Vegetarian? Please. How can she be a meat-eating vegetarian?”

Honey Lee’s management agency clarified, “Honey Lee was indeed a vegetarian at the time. She had no idea that the program involved eating meat. She found out once she got to Canada, and she was placed in a tough situation. However, due to issues with sponsors, there was no way she could cancel the show. As such, she put on a show in a way that worked with the program.” He continued, “Honey’s friend accompanied her on the trip. So, after receiving approval from the producers, her friend tasted the food, evaluated them, and explained to Honey as to what she should say. As for Honey eating the meat, she spit them out as soon as the camera captured the shot it needed. Having stuck to the vegetarian diet, she was repulsed chewing on the meat. However, due to the circumstances, she did what she could. It’s very unfortunate that his has belatedly become such an issue.”

Despite the “explanation,” many netizens expressed their disapproval toward Honey Lee and raised questions as to whether such reality tv shows were ethical.






Source : hosthotlover30 @ Soompi
Man I would have never been able to do it even if there were sponsors involved... idk.

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pladpuss 20th-Jun-2012 05:34 am (UTC)
lol its hard to stay away entirely my friend has been a vegetarian for 6 years but sometimes she can't help eat a bit of meat. One time she had to go back on meat because she was developing some sort of stomach problems.

Edited at 2012-06-20 05:35 am (UTC)
unlickdbearwhlp 20th-Jun-2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
My aunt has been a vegetarian since she was 16, and has never slipped back. What she's finding difficult is going vegan. She does well for a while, but then fucks it up with milk chocolate or something.
tiddlywinks103 20th-Jun-2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Daaaaaamn, girl. Militant vegetarians are gonna tear you apart.

She didn't swallow it, though, and when you sign a contract, sometimes, you just can't bow out due to resultant moral reasons. Blame the show for not giving her notice before she agreed to it.
benihime99 20th-Jun-2012 07:54 am (UTC)
"Daaaaaamn, girl. Militant vegetarians are gonna tear you apart."

I'm not sure they'll even bother since she's not a vegetarian per se.
As you said she didn't swallow it and it seems like she was very uncomfortable, so I agree the show/producer/manager should be blame too


janri 20th-Jun-2012 06:01 am (UTC)
I wonder how she managed. My friend who's been a vegetarian for 10 years gets physically ill by the smell of meat now.
a_cheshire_grin 20th-Jun-2012 08:32 am (UTC)
Same goes for me. I've been a vegetarian for 8 years and I only need to look at meat and I feel sick.
sadistic_dance 20th-Jun-2012 06:03 am (UTC)
There's a joke about swallowing here somewhere.
turdferguson 20th-Jun-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
i was about to make the same comment
elizajet 20th-Jun-2012 06:04 am (UTC)
I can't blame her, to be honest.

In Korea, being a vegetarian is sort of hilariously hard. One of my bfs is a vegetarian and they will bring her bacon (not meat) or small pieces (just a little meat, it's okay) or chicken (again not meat). The perception of what a vegetarian over here is so hazy.

And in Korean culture, refusing food can be seen as rude unless you are severely allergic, so she probably felt she had to, with the added weight of a contract as well.

xoxgoodbye 20th-Jun-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
They should've served poutine or something.
chibi_rei 20th-Jun-2012 06:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, but then they couldn't use gravy useless it was made from veggies not meat.
lonelymoon 20th-Jun-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Back when I was a vegetarian, I wouldn't eat anything that had come into contact with meat. I was one for ethical issues, though, if she is one for health purposes, I can see how it'd be easier for her to relax her principles when it suits her.
hisjulliet 20th-Jun-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
It's very hard for some vegetarians and vegans to make themselves not eat(or need) meat. My cousin has been (trying to be) a vegan for a few years now, but sometimes she cracks.
asth77 20th-Jun-2012 07:11 am (UTC)
You just have to completely forbid yourself for 6 months, the time your body adapts well, and the need is completely gone.
Personnally, now meat disgusts me.
I promised myself once I get rich I would eat meat again but only from rearing free-range chickens/etc, but right now, I can' ttell you if I would ever be able to eat meat again.
sai12 20th-Jun-2012 07:10 am (UTC)
What a waste of the food then.....

But amazing that she went through with it still.....though she maybe should put out there that she is a vegetarian before signing up for food shows. >___<;
mjspice 20th-Jun-2012 07:12 am (UTC)
Eh oh.
spread 20th-Jun-2012 07:19 am (UTC)
BLAME CANADA!!
falling_empress 20th-Jun-2012 11:31 am (UTC)
i'm still waiting on another gif of the bottom half of your userpic. =)
itskimbitches 20th-Jun-2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Well that isn't right now is it.
akaich0u 20th-Jun-2012 07:21 am (UTC)
I maintain my opinion that she was robbed of the Miss Universe title...was it 6 years ago? Anyway, she should've won.

I'd be vegan if I could cook bean curd well. I'd eat bean curd over regular meat every day if I was able to dress it up as well as my fave vegan restaurant does.
valieleen 20th-Jun-2012 11:12 am (UTC)
You could try asking the chef for some tisps! :)

and there are many more protein substitutes out there that can be prepared easily at home (tempeh, seitan, textured soy protein.. and of course, pre-packaged substitutes that only need to be heated up)
vicinity_love 20th-Jun-2012 10:11 am (UTC)
If what the management said was legit, I feel sorry for her tbh.
I've been a vegetarian for over five years and if I was put in that position I would have cried.
falling_empress 20th-Jun-2012 11:21 am (UTC)
Am I the only person bothered by pescatarianism? Oh no, I can't eat animals that are cute but I can eat sea animals cuz their lives have no value! I'm a meat eater and idgi. You can't just say some animals deserve life while others don't. You either do or you don't.
underthepines 20th-Jun-2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I don't really want to police other people's lives but this doesn't make much sense. Even if we're talking about people who are vegetarians for relative moral reasons (not, "eating meat is inherently wrong" but rather "eating meat raised the way we raise meat is wrong"), there's no reason they should be fully comfortable eating fish. Fish are often raised on farms and large-scale commercial fishing is ecologically damaging... It's not like the hundreds and hundreds of pounds of salmon you can find in a grocery store just magically appear. Even if they are fished in a more "natural" way, that's still a hefty toll you're putting on the ecological systems they come from.

Edited at 2012-06-20 12:40 pm (UTC)
valieleen 20th-Jun-2012 11:31 am (UTC)
Man, people just looove finding faults with vegetarian/vegans.. I don't see the big deal here. I've been living vegetarian/vegan for years and while I probably would not have done the same in her situation, I can't really fault her for doing it either since it looks like she was just trying to be professional about the whole thing. It's not ideal, but these situations happen and they're really not such a big deal. It looks like she's still following a presco-veg diet, so good for her.
sweetemerald513 20th-Jun-2012 11:43 am (UTC)
That sucks that she had to do that. I don't blame her =/
pancakeonmyhead 20th-Jun-2012 11:50 am (UTC)
THAT TOP PHOTO REMINDS ME OF THAT TUMBLR PHOTO THAT APPEARS WHEN YOU'RE CUSTOMISING YOUR TUMBLR THEME LOL
peanim 20th-Jun-2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
This is why I don't affect my eating habits to impose any statements. Just respect me calling dibs and my personal plate space hahahahaha
uledy 20th-Jun-2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
I hate that the dietary policing that happens to vegetarians. I swear, once you tell ppl you don't eat meat, they watch you like a hawk and try to "catch" you. When I was vegan, ppl tried to "catch me" when I drank soda or "test" me by offering me gummy bears.

But as a vegetarian now, the smell of meat (mainly beef) turns my stomach upside down and I know I would gag if I let meat touch my tongue. I don't know how she did it.

But she can do whatever she wants. She can eat whatever she wants. People just need to stop policing what we eat...geez.
asth77 20th-Jun-2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
"I hate that the dietary policing that happens to vegetarians. I swear, once you tell ppl you don't eat meat, they watch you like a hawk and try to "catch" you. When I was vegan, ppl tried to "catch me" when I drank soda or "test" me by offering me gummy bear."

well no one ever done this to me but now that i read the comments and the article I completely understand what you say !

Me too, I think I couldn't eat meat even if I wanted it.
hadashi_no_eden 20th-Jun-2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
The producers should have known but WTH? Is there some clause I missed in which if you are a vegetarian once you have to be one forever? People make mistakes and they change their minds. Everyone needs to calm down about something that happened 2 years ago.
obeytheempress 20th-Jun-2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
I've known several vegetarians who have on rare occasions consummed meat. Sometimes when you are offered food it would be incredibly rude to turn it down, so they grit their teeth and eat it for the sake of politeness. And this is in the US, and I'm sure that kind of etiquette is even more emphasized in Korea. In this woman's cae, it was about being professional. Basically, shit happens and no one is perfect.
sirenasfun 20th-Jun-2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
I bet if she had refused to eat it due to being a vegetarian, they probably would have bitched at her for being unprofessional. Can't win~
sirhin 20th-Jun-2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Agreed..
minyquai 20th-Jun-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
lol vegetarians
falling_empress 20th-Jun-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
love your fucking userpic
sirhin 20th-Jun-2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
I clicked on the "Leave a Comment" link just to say how it was her job and it's not like she SWALLOWED it. Then I saw the pictures of her eating meat and I felt slightly nauseous. Now, I don't know what to say. :/

I'm a vegetarian too, but when I travel (and I tend to go to countries that aren't all that accommodating for vegetarians), I won't eat meat but I might eat a dish that was cooked with meat - but just take the meat out, especially if I'm eating out with friends. I can't badmouth her if she just put it in her mouth and spit it out, because I essentially do the same thing when I drink the soup made from, I dunno, beef broth. O.o In America, though, a strict veggie I am! ^^;
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