For Immediate Release:
December 14, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – In the face of a global pandemic that originated in a Chinese “wet market” and has left millions of Americans sick, hundreds of thousands dead, and millions out of work, two vegan Los Angeles institutions are being recognized for helping people face the challenges of 2020 vegan-style: Charity Support + Feed and influencer Tabitha Brown are PETA’s 2020 Company of the Year and 2020 Person of the Year, respectively.
Brown, who creates mega-popular 60-second vegan cooking tutorials, posted her first TikTok in March, just as COVID-19 was picking up steam. Her enthusiasm and memorable catchphrases (“that’s our business” and “like so, like that”) soon earned her millions of followers (4.5 million on TikTok alone), appearances on talk shows, and a New York Times profile that praised her videos for offering viewers “a few seconds in which they can focus on themselves rather than the all-consuming anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic.” And Brown is showing millions how easy it is to cook delicious vegan food—as she has said, “The more people I get to try a vegan lifestyle, the more animal lives I save in the process!”
Support + Feed is a pandemic-era creation. Founded by actor and screenwriter Maggie Baird—the mother of previous PETA awardee Billie Eilish—it funds and coordinates food deliveries from vegan restaurants to organizations serving people with food insecurity, feeding two birds with one scone by supporting the restaurant industry and vulnerable people alike.
“Support + Feed and Tabitha Brown are both changing the world, one delicious vegan meal at a time,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA is honoring them both for being glimmers of vegan hope and joy in the weirdest year ever!”
Previous Person of the Year winners include Joaquin Phoenix, Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey, and Anjelica Huston, and previous Company of the Year awardees include Save the Duck, WeWork, Netflix, and Beyond Meat.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.