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‘Lettuce’ Remember Michael Jackson by Going Vegetarian

Written by PETA | July 8, 2009

Yesterday, crowds descended on Los Angeles’ Staples Center to pay respects to the “King of Pop,” but it was “Her Royal Hotness,” PETA’s Lettuce Lady, who stole the show outside Michael Jackson’s memorial. Wearing only her signature lettuce bikini and a single, white sequined glove, Christina Cho held a mirror reading, “Go Vegetarian for the Man in the Mirror.”


A line of reporters from local television stations and newswires, including Associated Press and Reuters, waited to talk to PETA’s Lettuce Lady.
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Her message was inspired by Michael Jackson’s hit, “The Man in the Mirror,” which pondered the impact of personal change:

I’m gonna make a change,
For once in my life,
It’s gonna feel real good,
Gonna make a difference,
Gonna make it right . . .

What’s the easy answer for those who want to make a difference in their health, animal suffering, the environment, and starving children like those featured in the song’s video? Go vegetarian!


Our message was simple: Take a moment to reflect, and then “make that change.”
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Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Kat says:

    Michael stated in his book in the late 80’s he decided to become a vegetarian and he liked how his body responded to the diet… So aside from the moment he dined on KFC with Magic he was a vegetarian the rest of the time.

  • amber says:

    let’s all go vegetarian for michael…he was great at what he did

  • Reva says:

    GO VEG! Michael was indeed a vegetarian despite rumors.. Just because some basketball player said MJ at kentucky fried chicken now everyone is doubting his vegetarianism.. When he was in fact a veg.

  • michael jackson says:

    First of all michael jackson is the greatest entertainers that ever lived. Second of all he was vegetarian for a little bit in the 80s only because he wanted a dancers body. He loved animals with all his heart and spent millions of dollars a year on vet care so his animals lived a wonderful life. Rest in peace michael. You truly were the king.

  • whitney says:

    MJ was too sweet for this earth. He loved animals and children and treated them with love and respect. He was threatening to many because of his generous spirit. I think that he was taken early to a better place because he was so awesome.

  • Brian Luznak Is Still Certainly Not An MD says:

    Who’s Michael Jackson?

  • Mariela says:

    I think that there wasnt a show and that its a wrong statement. I also think that he loved animals and he took good care of them. I think he was misunderstood but he was a nice and a lonely man and the best entertainer

  • Ugh. says:

    MJ Exploited animals? Do People NOT get that? COME ON He kept wild Animals at his home in a Personal Zoo! He is in NO way someone for PETA to “Lean on” now or EVER. Not to mention he was a freak.

  • Camila says:

    no way! Michael Jackson wasn’t vegetarian. his favorite food was fried chicken. but I’m! I love you peta. think everybobody should be vegetarian is the only way to save the world and of course the Animals! kiss

  • Susan says:

    I do all I can to be vegetarian sometimes it seems so hard for many reasons. But now I ‘will’ do it for sure! Goin’ Vege for the ‘Man in the Mirror’

  • tina max says:

    Michael Jackson wasn’t a vegetarian and what about his starving his animals at his zoo. If he spoken and advocated for a vegan diet I can’t even imagine the hoards of followers he would have inspired. What a Waste!

  • jeanette says:

    Yeah maybe a memorial wasn’t the perfect time but the media had already made it a spectacle and that was supposed to be more of a celebration anyway. At least PETA was focusing on a positive message instead of all the negative about MJ. But speaking of veg musicians I have give a shout out to my fave band Rise Against.

  • Joan Faszczewski says:

    I think he didn’t eat right kind of foods neither did Farah Fawcet they died to young. He was always in that chamber and she never ate good either.

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  • Gill says:

    I read that Michael Jackson kept his exotic pets in pretty bad conditions and didn’t even donate money to the organisations that rescued them when he got tired of them.

  • Carla says:

    Never the less Michael was a sweet soul we can all agree!! Rest In Peace!! And to Mike Quinoa welcome back!! Missed reading your intelligent comments!!

  • Crystal says:

    so what if someone ate KFC in the 90’s you have to start somewhere right?! i have been a vegetarian for 1 year nowthere was a time i ate meat but i decided to make a change for the better just like everyone who decides to go veganvegetarian…..come on

  • Joe says:

    I had heard in the past that Michael was a vegetarian but not sure if he really was.

  • Yvette Snow says:

    Go Lettuce Lady! And well said Josette you put the heart of the matter very succinctly.

  • Nanci Dagragnano says:

    Dont think MJ was a vegetarian but he certainly liked animals and had many of them in his Neverland ranch never hid that his chimp was one of his closest friend.That was something.

  • ccbloom78 says:

    he used to eat meat in the 80’s but later came to know better and went veg!! and that’s what matters!!! i love peta and i will always love michael jackson. rip…

  • vegancoin says:

    interesting idea that go vegetarian for the man in the mirror.

  • Jennifer Nery says:

    Vegetarian… haha. Didn’t anyone hear the comment by Magic Johnson about sitting around with MJ and sharing a bucket of KFCgreat one of the cruelest and unenvironmental Palm Oil fast food chains on this poor planet.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Brien Don’t forget vegn guitarists B. B. King Kirk Hammett Steve Morse John Jorgenson Steve Howe Phil Collen Eric Johnson Brian May Prince Richard Thompson Keith Scott Bryan Adam’s guitarist and Link Wray among many other musicians.

  • Trish says:

    Nothing to be confused about he USED to eat meat and AFTER the 90’s became vegetarian. o

  • Lynn Trelles-Gaines says:

    And didn’t he own a Chimp at one time.

  • charlene says:

    I’m sorry but demonstrating outside a memorial? That is the wrong time to trot out Peta’s message whether it was positive or not and you guys really need to know when to restrain from certain things.

  • roxnna says:

    Great pictures yeah peta

  • britt says:

    someone on tv said he was a vegetarian like his nutritionist or something but then magic johnson said they ate fried chicken together in the late 90s.. so confused.

  • josette says:

    I don’t think it matters whether Michael was or was not a vegetarian. Either way he was a kind soul with plenty of his own issues. However I do think that Lettuce Lady took the opportunity to promote vegetrianism at a time when the entire world was watching this event. Whatever his eating habits Michael championed the helpless and lonely. I think he would have been very happy with Lettuce Lady’s plan.

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  • Beth Ann says:

    I love you Peta but this was uncalled for. No one could “steal the show” because it wasn’t a show it was a memorial for a man who has died. And more importantly Michael wasn’t even a vegetarian. I am usually always so proud to support you but with this I’m ashamed.

  • becky says:

    that’s a really sweet statement.

  • meme says:

    You guys are strange…

  • juanita says:

    MJ WAS a vegetarian…

  • Fox says:

    ive been a vegan all my life and i dont really like michael jackson that much but lots of poeple do so get goin man

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Michael Jackson was not a vegetarian. Paul McCartney Chrissie Hynde Moby Jeff Beck Leona Lewis Joan Jett Morrissey Thom Yorke Bryan Adams KD Lang Boston’s Tom Scholz Howard Jones Carrie Underwood and Steve Vai are bona fide vegetarian role models.

  • Crystal says:

    Yay ! Go veg for the King Of Pop

  • Hermenegildo Nunez says:

    I wish I could eat that salad

  • Siddhartha says:

    Go veg for the man in the mirror

  • Abby says:

    Too bad one of the most talked about moments from the memorial was Magic Johnson’s story of eating KFC fried chicken with Michael.