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vegans out here claiming that Okja is a pro-vegan film have honestly missed the film’s themes and message entirely. Okja is not concerned with the ethical consumption of animal products (as exemplified by the shots of people consuming meat are few and far between), but the ethical production of meat.

mija’s grandfather farms chickens and they raise okja by letting her “run around” (exemplifying the ethical free range production of food). furthermore, mija and her grandfather eat meat: the first sequence of the film is Mija collecting fish for dinner and later, her grandfather makes Mija her favorite chicken dish. the contrast between the soft lighting of mija’s grandfather preparing food vs the harsh sterile cuts of the preparation of the super-pig meat literally spell the message of the film out for you- ethical production: good! mass production: bad!

even if you missed all that, you can catch Silver, one of the members of the ALF, almost passing out because of his refusal to eat anything that has been mass produced, even his fellow ALF members remark that his convictions are unhealthy and make him useless for their cause (the liberation of animals)

also okja is the biggest super-pig in the film and the most healthy, making her a living breathing testament to the success of free range production, as what makes Okja’s suffering so terrible is the contrast between the way she was raised vs her horrible fate. furthermore, the insidiousness of the film lies in the dishonesty that runs through it. both mija and the public are lied to from the beginning about okja and the super-pigs, mija’s grandfather lies to mija about okja and all these lies were told in the pursuit of profit. even k, in the ALF, lies about mija’s consent in pursuit of his own idea of fame and fortune,

if this film is pro-anything, it is pro-halal/pro-honest ethical production. the film shows you over and over again abstaining from mass production doesn’t impact the production of the product, only abstaining from the nature of the production itself does

Okja is anti-capitalist, not anti-meat. Veganism is just giving your money to other cooperation who would rather take your money than let ethical independent farmers (like mija and her grandfather) get anything for their labor. support independent ethically produced products where you can!!    

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Don’t look back. Just look at me”

Nie chcesz tego zjeść.Może i ładnie wygląda,pachnie,ale nie potrzebujesz tego.To tylko puste kalorie.Jeśli to zjesz jutro znów będziesz kilogram cięższa.Pamiętasz jak się cieszyłaś gdy Twoja waga ruszyła?Wydawało Ci się,że się zmniejszasz?Pomyśl jak będziesz szczęśliwa jeśli nadal będziesz chudła.Coraz bliżej celu.Nie możesz tego zaprzepaścić wpierdalając to na co masz ochotę.Jedzenie to tylko chwila,waga zostaje z nami dłużej.Zastanów się ile będziesz musiał to spalać.Znów Twoje ulubione spodnie nie będą chciały się dopiąć.Odłóż to.Nie jedz.Napij się wody,herbatki.Tak naprawdę nie jesteś głodna,to tylko pragnienie.Zważ się.Nadal za dużo?Nadal masz fałdy na brzuchu?I Ty chciałaś to wpierdolić?Twoje idealne koleżanki z klasy nawet by o tym nie pomyślały.Są chudziutkie,idealne.Nie to co Ty.Gruba,obleśna,najgorsza w rodzinie,żaden chłopak nawet na Ciebie nie patrzy.Ale nie martw się możesz być jak one.Tylko przestań myśleć ciągle o żarciu.Spójrz w lustro,wszystko da się zmienić.

Analysis of the Ending of Okja

I have to admit, at first I felt a little disappointed by the ending of Okja. ALF doesn’t end up making a difference- food production continues, and we know from our own society that Nancy is right. If the food is cheap, the majority of people will eat it despite knowing the Food, Inc. story behind its production. I think the ending is meant for the majority of people, the bystanders who will be outraged by factory-farm conditions but still eat cheap meat (myself being one of them). Mija doesn’t free all the super pigs. She doesn’t join ALF. She goes home with Okja, her unchanged goal from the beginning of the movie. As movie watchers, I think we all to some degree wish she had done more- but is it her responsibility? Could she even make a difference? Mija’s and ALF’s inability to make a difference in the large scale of food production reminds us just how vast and inescapable the current system is. There’s too many people willing to buy cheap meat no matter the dark reality, and thus the system will continue to exist. Nancy understands that, while Lucy doesn’t. The film holds an audience that is complicit in this system accountable. It encourages viewers not to necessarily go vegan, but that ethical food production is possible (as seen with Mija, especially that moment when she puts the young fish back in the water, which is echoed in her saving the young super pig at the end). The enemy is a mass system of mass production that can’t be changed by individuals and groups like ALF. Fighting a mass system requires mass change- a change in an entire population. And maybe that’s what Okja hopes to produce.