Answer: Aidy Bryant is not a vegan. The Saturday Night Live writer and comedian played a part in skits that seemingly had vegan undertones, which sparked speculations that Bryant is part of the vegan movement. She also has very close links with people that are reportedly vegan. However, there are instances that show Bryant is not a full-fledged vegan just yet.
Saturday Night Live has captured the hearts of American viewers with more than 40 seasons on television. The show is known for its humorous skits that are not only meant to generate laughs, but also to send a relevant message to the people.
Aidy Bryant, who has been a cast member of SNL since 2012, has already played different roles in the late-night variety show’s live skits. Her comedic timing and ability to subtly bring up the hard-hitting truths about our society are some of the things that the SNL audience loved about her.
Bryant has gained many fans and followers over the years, which can somehow be attributed to her SNL stints. Not too long ago, the comedian was able to catch the attention of the vegan community because of her memorable performance that tackled the issue of animal meat consumption.
There are speculations, particularly among vegans, that Bryant must also be a vegan herself. There is only a little information about the comedic actress online, more so about her personal choices. Although, we can look at every statement and action that she made in the past and see from there if she is indeed a vegan.
Is Aidy Bryant Truly Vegan?
Aidy Bryant has not made an official confirmation that she is a vegan. She is also not affiliated with PETA and other groups that advocate the end of animal cruelty and exploitation. Nonetheless, people think that Bryant is really a vegan but chooses not to let the public know.
A person with a vegan mindset and lifestyle can easily be spotted through their words and actions. As for Bryant, there are hints that might just confirm her vegan side
SNL March 3, 2019 Episode: The Smokery Farm Skit
Aidy Bryant has made a lot of SNL, but the episode on March 3rd, 2019 was the first time that Bryant participated in a skit that raised the issue that vegans have been fighting for so long: the end of the unethical consumption of animal meat.
The particular SNL skit opened with host Colin Jost reporting about a real story of a pig that was rescued from a slaughterhouse and found a new purpose in life as a painter. The pig rescue was named Pigcasso, and the reason behind the chosen name is pretty obvious. Pigcasso has gained popularity due to her abstract paintings that are worth thousands of dollars each.
To give a background about Pigcasso, the artistic pig was rescued from a hog breeding facility when she was only little. In her first week at her new home, Pigcasso was given a bunch of objects to play with. The talented pig then showed the first signs that she is artistically inclined. Among all the objects in front of her, Pigcasso chose to play with the paintbrush. The rest is history.
Pigcasso’s story does not only prove that farm animals are sentient beings, but they are also much more than the roles that we have assigned to them. Going back to Bryant’s pro-vegan skit, it was built around the idea that farm animals can be very intelligent and charming creatures, something that Pigcasso has proven to everyone with her lovely paintings.
After the Pigcasso feature, Jost called on the fictional guests of the show’s segment, the owners of the Smokery Farms Meat Gift Delivery Service, Wylene, and Vanita Starkie. These two characters were played by Aidy Bryant and her SNL co-star, Kate McKinnon, respectively.
The Starkie sisters gave their opinion about the whole Pigcasso craze, as well as the other stories of animals showing their extraordinary capabilities. In a true satiric SNL fashion, Bryant’s and McKinnon’s characters said that all these videos of cute animals doing impressive feats are not helping their meat business.
According to Vanita, people who have watched these videos have turned into vegans. From this realization, the owners of Smokery Farm came up with an idea to stop every person from becoming vegan. Since watching smart animals is pushing people to become vegans, meat farmers should get animals that are “individually stupid or bad” as their meat source.
The Starkie sisters brought out a basket of raw meat cutlets, with each meat coming from an animal that did not do anything remarkable. Now, this is the part where the audience had seen signs that Bryant is vegan.
Both McKinnon and Bryant are visibly uncomfortable looking at the basket of animal meat. Bryant, in particular, is seen having a hard time delivering her lines as she tried not to smell the meat.
Based on her facial reaction, Bryant is not fond of the meat’s odor. She tried her best to stay in character, even as she was very much affected by the scent and sight of the animal meat basket. Vegans who watched this SNL skit thought that Bryant is not used to seeing raw meat because she is actually a vegan.
Based on the skit itself, we were shown that all animals have their own stories to tell and their stories should not end with them being consumed as food. Viewers who had seen this skit were likely to cringe at the thought of eating meat from an animal that once lived a life.
Vegans applauded this skit so much. PETA even tweeted their reaction to Bryant’s powerful SNL skit.
SNL November 3, 2019 Episode: Smokery Farm Sisters Return To ‘Roast’ Impossible Burger
It did not take too long for Bryant’s and McKinnan’s Smokery Farm characters to return to the SNL stage. On the November 3rd, 2019 episode, Wylene, and Vanita Starkie gave a piece of their mind about plant-based meat. At the time, the Impossible Burger had become increasingly popular, giving the public an option to enjoy the taste of meat without having the slaughter animals.
During the segment, Jost brought up the growing sales of Burger King, all thanks to their new Impossible Whopper. The patty used in this Whopper is the Impossible Burger patty. It is 100% plant-based and therefore animal cruelty-free.
From a vegan standpoint, the success of plant-based meat in the market is great news since it is a confirmation that humans can actually survive by not killing animals for their meat. The Smokery Farm skit depicted how the likes of Impossible Whopper are important to challenge the animal meat business.
In this skit, the Starkie sisters echoed their sentiments from their last SNL appearance. They said that animals being cute and smart actually hurts their meat business. Vegans liked the support that these skits have given to the vegan cause. Through her satirical performance, Bryant had clearly depicted how humans can love and appreciate animals as intelligent creatures while continuing the practice of eating them.
Relationship With Vegan Personalities
Aidy Bryant is known to be very close to Kate McKinnon. Unlike Bryant, McKinnon has made pronouncements in public that she has tried veganism. Some people believe that Bryant’s close friendship with McKinnon is enough to influence Bryant to become a vegan.
Another possible person that might convince Bryant to embrace a vegan lifestyle is none other than her own husband, Conner O’Malley. However, like his wife, there are no official records to support the idea of O’Malley being a vegan.
Bryant and O’Malley are married for four years now. If O’Malley is indeed vegan, it is possible that he could have already converted Bryant to veganism before her pro-vegan SNL stint in 2019.
Evidence That Shows Aidy Bryant Is Not Vegan
The facts that we have discussed so far are not enough to conclude that Aidy Bryant is vegan. We need to dig a little deeper to get a confirmation. Also, it is worth noting that veganism is more than choosing a completely plant-based diet. A vegan should also have a totally changed lifestyle that acknowledges the suffering that animals go through because of humans’ choices.
Instagram Posts Of Non-Vegan Food
Aidy Bryant has an Instagram profile that she regularly updates. As expected, there are some posts on Bryant’s page that can help us tell if she is actually vegan. One of the posts that raise an eyebrow is Bryant’s birthday celebration in 2016. The post shows two birthday cakes with outer layers of cream.
All vegans are aware that dairy products like cream are not vegan-friendly. Although, we can still give Bryant the benefit of the doubt in this case. It is also possible that the cakes from her Instagram post are made of vegan ingredients.
There is also another Instagram post of Bryant that shows boxes of pizza. The pepperoni on the pizza indicates that it is not vegan. Likewise, the cheese on top of the pizza could also be non-vegan.
Aidy Bryant Says She ‘Barely’ Eats Meat In An Interview
In an interview from 2019, Aidy Bryant revealed that she barely eats meat. Based on this fact alone, we can actually conclude that Bryant is not really a vegan, or at least for now. Nonetheless, the effort is already there to embody the vegan diet and lifestyle.
It is a little easier to say at this point that Aidy Bryant is not vegan. In spite of her SNL appearances with a pro-vegan message, these are not enough reasons to certify Bryant as a vegan. She was also seen around food that is not vegan, as shown by her Instagram posts.