I few interesting things about Vegan Gains (aka, “Richard”), from his own YouTube Channel:
(1) He has personally claimed that as a young man he suffered from hallucinations and anxiety, and that mental illness runs in his family. He credits his switch to a vegan and plant based diet, as well as the removal of all caffeine products, as fixing the problems he had earlier on in his life.
(2) Whether he was entirely joking or not (check out his piece on “why I’m getting a vasectomy”), the morbidity of one his posts may have cost him even some staunch vegan support - especially amongst vegan moms. Basically (I’m paraphrasing here), he said he hates kids, especially loud toddlers, and wants to smash a baby’s head in when he hears it crying. It’s also interesting to note that, while his view was most likely made in mostly satire (or maybe not), this is quite common with many vegans: An utter self-hatred and total distaste for humanity as a whole, across the entire spectrum of the human race, not just meat eaters.
“Over populated planet with humans” and “animal lives are just as important as human lives” are frequent and reoccurring themes with many of them. Some even compare farm raised animals that are used for food to concentration camp victims and exploited slave labor, which is likewise very disturbing.
(3) Had a cat spat with none other than Greg Valentino (among many other folks), where he basically calls Greg out as a pussy and fake tough guy for eating meat BUT at the same time admitting that he’s unable to kill an animal himself and eat it (which Greg admits to). Summarizes that this is proof that as humans we don’t have the “predatory instincts” of other animals that naturally hunt, and since we feel this compassion towards other living creatures, it’s further proof that we require an animal free and plant based diet.
(4) Funny enough, in Greg’s rebuttal to the above (on his own YouTube channel, respectively), he illustrates what VG eats for training purposes and health, and uses Richard’s own channel as a visual guide of his diet, which largely consists of vegan donuts, pastries and a dinner of nut butter and dates post workout. Valentino proceeds to slams him in a rant that should be seen for a few good laughs.
(5) Giving credit where credit is due, VG does expose a lot of phonies and fitness industry hucksters on his channel, aptly naming the playlist, “Worst of the fitness industry”. These are entertaining to say the least, and for the most part, deserve applause. Some beauties are his take on Kali Muscle (I was on the floor laughing, primarily because of Kali’s own commentary taken from his channel), Mike Chang, Cassey Ho (of Blogilates fame) and the Hodge Twins. Epic rants.
(6) He then puts together a segment where he attacks Leroy Colbert (along with his claim to being the first man to build 21" arms drug-free) by using black-face, which he justifies by saying he’s black, so it therefore should be ok I guess (according to him anyway). Even if Richard is black or mixed-race, he should have known better here, but still puts together a rant with his scientific facts to belittle and mock Colbert, which he refers to as a senile old man and lovable a-hole. More laughs.
I could go on and on, but you get the point.
So generally speaking, from my perspective, he does have his personal issues and says some out there stuff, but I think the young man does make good points on certain things, and at least tries to support these with facts he believes are true and unbiased. He does increase awareness about sustainable harvesting and the treatment of livestock, but his abrasive personality and condescending attitude probably turn off just as many folks as his style attracts.
And that is the real unfortunate part of his channel and his mission statement, namely that if he really wanted to make a big difference through awareness and action (and I believe that he truly does), he should find some common ground with non-vegans, instead of attacking and mocking them, in order to tackle the challenges and issues that we face which are paramount to the health of us and this planet.
With strong allies and significant numbers, he could at least help improve how animals are raised and treated (even if they are raised primarily for food), how land is used and partitioned for both livestock and agriculture, and how we can improve and practice sustainable farming and food production.
Sadly, because of his in-your-face style and shove-it-down-your-throat persona, he will only succeed in becoming a mainstream social media entertainment caricature (at best) with most of his general online audience.