A Hollywood actor decided to join in on a PETA protest against a surcharge on vegan milk at Starbucks by super-gluing his hand to the counter at one of their stores in New York City.
The Oscar-nominated actor, James Cromwell, joined a PETA protest arguing that the surcharge for vegan milk punished people for their morals, and for being lactose intolerant — a condition which affects people of color at a higher rate than white people, which the leftists at PETA have used to their advantage as a way to argue that the surcharge was racist.
“When will you stop charging us more for vegan milk?!” Cromwell yelled while reading from a prepared statement. “When will you stop raking in huge profits, while customers, animals and the environment suffer?!”
“When will you stop penalizing people for their ethnicity or their morals?!” he added. “The senseless up-charge hurts animals!”
Cromwell and other activists then chanted: “Save the planet, save the cows. Stop the vegan up-charge now!”
When police arrived at the scene and told the protesters to leave, Cromwell and another activist who had also super-glued himself to the counter unattached themselves and left after only protesting for about half an hour.
The bizarre demonstration was called out on social media, with many critics saying that the activists were fighting for a very obscure “first world problem.”
“James Cromwell supergluing himself to a Starbucks counter in Manhattan to protest them charging extra for vegan milk is hands down the WHITEST s— I’ve ever heard of in my f— life,” read one popular tweet.
Others highlighted the lack of logic in the protesters’ demands, pointing out that vegan milk substitutes cost more from the supplier, and they cost more to produce, so obviously the higher cost would have to be passed on to the consumer. It was also pointed out that there is less demand for these products, so there is a lot more waste, which adds to the cost.
Following the protest, Starbucks released a statement.
“We respect our customers’ right to respectfully voice their opinions, so long as it does not disrupt our store operations,” said Elizabeth Summers, a spokeswoman for the company.
Cromwell — an 82-year-old actor best known for his roles in “Babe,” “L.A. Confidential,” and the TV show “Succession” — is a noted animal rights activist.