8:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Oscars: Steven Spielberg's Caviar Gift Sparks PETA Rebuke
Not everyone is impressed with Steven Spielberg's gracious gesture of sending all five best director Oscar nominees a gift basket of champagne and caviar.
PETA's Andrew Bernstein responded to the news in THR by sending Spielberg a note that opened with a compliment: PETA activists are "big fans of yours" — but not fans of real caviar.
"Our favorite caviar is vegan — it's sustainable and cruelty-free, and it's the only one that we think E.T. and the BFG would approve of," Bernstein wrote, citing Spielberg's films. "We wanted to get you started with this award-winning vegan Cavi-art that we hope you'll sink your Jaws into."
PETA's parting movie pun: "As more information about the food industry's treatment of animals is revealed, consuming meat and dairy 'products' is becoming much like the Jurassic period — a thing of the past."
Read Bernstein's full letter below.
Dear Mr. Spielberg,
We are big fans of yours and wanted to contact you regarding your Best Director nominee gift of caviar. Our favorite caviar is vegan—it's sustainable and cruelty-free, and it's the only one that we think E.T. and the BFG would approve of. We'd love to have your support in promoting healthy, eco-friendly, and delicious eating, and we wanted to get you started with this award-winning vegan Cavi-art that we hope you'll sink your jaws into.
Vegan eating makes everyone a winner. It's the best way to avoid close encounters with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other potentially terminal ailments. As more information about the food industry's treatment of animals is revealed, consuming meat and dairy "products" is becoming much like the Jurassic period—a thing of the past. So we hope this gets you hooked on eating vegan the next time you're Jonesing for some caviar.
This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.