When Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested to people that they should eat less meat in order to protect the environment, he had no idea what darts he would invite on social media. The actor had to face criticism on the internet as people blasted his ‘drop the meat’ advice on Twitter and Facebook.
The 68-year-old actor-turned-politician suggested that the best way to save the planet is to have a couple of meat-free days a week, reported the BBC. “Right now people, seven million people are dying every year,” he said at climate change talks in Paris. “That is alarming and everyone in the government has the responsibility to protect the people.”
The Terminator star later on suggested choosing meat-free days is a good place to start.
“28 per cent of the greenhouse gasses come from eating meat and from raising cattle, so we can do a much better job,” he said.
When questioned how bodybuilders could achieve a body like The Terminator on a vegetarian diet, the seven-time Mr Olympia winner said that many successful bodybuilders were vegetarians.
“Luckily, we know that you can get your protein source from many different places, you can get it through vegetables if you are a vegetarian. I have seen many bodybuilders who are vegetarian and they are strong and healthy,” added Arnold.
This statement by the veteran actor soon sparked controversy. The Twitterati criticised the actor for saying something of the sort and called him a hypocrite as he himself being a bodybuilder has eaten a lot of beef over the years.
The former California state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was attending the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France.
After the criticism on social media, Schwarzenegger posted an article titled ‘I don’t give a f**k if we agree about climate change’ on his Facebook account on Monday (December 7).