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Joaquin Phoenix's Milk Speech

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Joaquin Phoenix's Milk Speech refers to actor Joaquin Phoenix's acceptance speech for receiving the "Best Actor in a Leading Role" award at the 2020 Academy Awards. During his speech, he spoke out against drinking cow's milk saying "we feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth we steal her baby even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable and then we take her milk that's intended for a calf and we put it in our coffee and in our cereal." The statement incited commentary on Twitter either mocking or celebrating the statement.


On February 9th, 2020, Joaquin Phoenix won "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for his performance as the Joker. ABC shared a clip of his speech which advocated for animal rights to Twitter which gained over 15,000 likes and 4,800 retweets in a day.


On February 9th, 2020, Twitter user @ditzkoff[1] tweeted an image of dancing joker with the caption, "tfw you drink almond milk" which garnered over 4,200 likes in a day (shown below, left). That same day, Twitter user @OrangePaulp[2] used the me explaining to my mom image captioned "Joaquin explaining milk to the audience" in a tweet which accumulated over 2,200 likes in a day (shown below, right).

Dave Itzkoff @ditzkoff tfw you drink almond milk 11:13 PM · Feb 9, 2020 · TweetDeck Paul McCallion @OrangePaulp Joaquin explaining milk to the audience 11:14 PM · Feb 9, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone MB SO

That same night, the animal rights group, PETA tweeted , "JAW DROP. Sending a HUGE congratulations to #vegan Joaquin Phoenix for winning Best Actor! Joaquin has dedicated his life to ending speciesism and that speech was proof that he is never afraid to speak up for ALL beings. #Joker #Oscars #EndSpeciesism" (shown below). The post garnered over 9,000 likes and 2,800 retweets in a day. The next day, the Daily Dot[3] published an article covering reactions to the speech.

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Dorothy Snarker @dorothysnarker When The Joker started talking about milk. #oscars 1 11:11 PM · Feb 9, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone STL BATTLEHAWKS 1-0 @therealkdwhite Making the switch in the mornings so no longer have to steal cows milk from them to put in my coffee #Oscars CANS 11 FLOZ Pabst Blue Ribbon 5% ALC/VOL HARD COFFEE Pa Th OnNGINAL Pdet Ron Find fend S% ALCIVG HAR MALT RAGE wi AL FAS CONTN MX X4 CANS x4 CANS (Pabst bon Blue Ribbon Blu 10:45 AM - Feb 10, 2020 - Twitter for iPhone lauren @RenMarieG joaquin phoenix really stood up on stage and said stop drinking milk u f------ animals #Oscars 1 [sips loudly] 11:09 PM · Feb 9, 2020 · Twitter Web App Zara Rahim @ZaraRahim We just went from racism to oat milk ok!!! 11:09 PM · Feb 9, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Giulia Rozzi @GiuliaRozzi The real #oscars winners tonight: 1) audience members rapping 2) that Korean interpreter 3) oat milk 12:44 AM · Feb 10, 2020 · Twitter Web App Aura Bogado O @aurabogado The Joker, two weeks ago: F--- racism. The Joker, today: Milk is the real enemy. 11:11 PM · Feb 9, 2020 · Twitter for Android

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But… the cows are not taken from their babies? These cows are bred specifically to produce more milk than the baby needs, and produce it long after the baby needs it. Some pictures have been circulated about those nose tags on the calfs that prevent them from suckling, but that's only implemented when they're older and their teeth could damage and infect the mother! In fact Holstein cows, which are the dairy cows we typically get milk from, NEED to be milked two or even three times a day! They were literally bred to do that!
Stop spreading misinformation. An actor is not an expert on dairy production. Do the research yourself.


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