This isn’t the first time PETA has deceptively promoted a carnivorous celebrity as an anti-meat activist, but it just might be the funniest. Last year we told you about Sarah Jane, an Australian model featured in PETA’s anti-chicken advertisements, whose fan website listed her favorite foods as raw meat, lamb kidney, lamb curry and haggis. This time around it’s Reese Witherspoon — a PETA-promoted "sexiest vegetarian" who can’t seem to get through the day without eating bacon.
Witherspoon appeared last week on Ellen Degeneres’ popular TV talk show, and toted along a crock-pot to demonstrate her favorite recipe (coq au vin — yes, with chicken). When the host asked about the ingredients, she replied: "Everything you cook in the crock-pot, cook it with bacon … Everything’s better with bacon and brown sugar." (Click here to watch the video.)
It’s worth noting that the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) also claims that Witherspoon is a vegetarian, apparently owing to a 2002 appearance on The Rosie O’Donnell Show during which (according to the IVU) she "described the advantages" of meatless eating "and how much she loved it." But like many celebrities in PETA’s stable, Witherspoon was a less-established B-Lister back then. Four years later, the Walk the Line Oscar winner has come into her own — and apparently prefers bacon to the PETA ego-boost. Will Alec Baldwin be next?