Vegan Strongman REACTS To ‘The Game Changers’ Drama…

Vegan Strongman REACTS To ‘The Game Changers’ Drama…



– The world now is very different from before the film came out. He is misleading a huge bunch of people. He wants to have the same
freedom like the drunk guy in the pub, and that’s not how things work if you’re a professional
in the media landscape, and he’s gotta learn that. (graphic popping)
(graphic whooshing) – Hey, everybody, this is
Klaus from Plant Based News, and we have Vegan
Strongman Patrik Baboumian. Thank you so much for doing this. – Thank you for having me. – So you’ve kind of been
on my radar for a while now ’cause we re-uploaded one of your videos a couple of months before
“The Gamechangers” came out. That was a documentary
executively produced by James Cameron that you were in. Before that came out,
you actually did a video about being misrepresented
in a Joe Rogan podcast. Do you wanna explain
briefly what happened? – Yeah, so there are
actually a lot of videos or a lot of YouTube channels
who talk smack about me (laughs) on YouTube, but I usually
don’t react to everything. But in this case it was
on the Joe Rogan show and the guy has a huge following. I think one of the hugest
platforms out there. His guest was Robert Oberst
who is a strongman competitor from the US. And they were like, it was not
just a slight kind of mistake that they did, but they were completely misrepresenting everything that I do. – [Joe] One meal a day. – See, this is ridiculous. One meal a day and vegan. – I agree, that’s ridiculous. Joe is talking about something
that I have never done. He’s obviously just making things up or he’s just taking
information from other people and just projecting that on me. – All the strongmen that
I have seen are giants. Well, he’s only 5’7, so
he’s stronger than me. (laughs) – It’s not about that size
of the dog in the fight. It’s about the size of
the fight in the dog. What they tried to do there was they tried to use this
attack on me to kind of debunk “The Gamechangers” because– – Before it’d come out. – Yeah, it wasn’t even
out so the only thing that they had seen, or
that Joe Rogan had seen was a trailer, and he was
trying to debunk the film on the basis of that trailer. – It was agenda-led, wasn’t it? They were trying to say
that the film was sort of. I think one of the quotes
is “Lies built on lies” before it had come out so, yeah. – Yeah, yeah, they were
trying to de-legitimize it basically before anyone would really have a chance to watch
it, which is, of course. That’s a very malicious way to
approach something like that. Especially if you have the
responsibility that Joe has. When you have such a big platform. He talks on his show a
lot about free speech and how everyone is so
politically correct, and that’s terrible and so on, but the point is it is something different if you’re just the guy in a pub who talks smack, and that’s fine. – You’ve got a platform and
you’re intelligent supposedly. – Exactly, so Joe is not stupid. He knows exactly what he does. He’s got a (beep) huge platform so that’s a huge responsibility because if he does stuff that is misleading, he is misleading a huge bunch of people. So, at some point, you
have to acknowledge that, and he doesn’t do that. He wants to have the same
freedom like the drunk guy in the pub, and that’s not how things work if you’re a professional
in the media landscape, and he’s gotta learn that. – Would you go on the podcast? – I think it would have made sense because I have kind of a history with Joe so that would have made sense. But, at the same time, I
think it would have probably not been a good decision
because, of course, the history that I have with
Joe is a little bit toxic so. I mean, we had James just
on his own on the podcast, and he did a great job just basically exposing Chris Cressler for what he is, namely someone who talks
a lot about nutrition but doesn’t really have a very profound knowledge about nutrition. – Do you know how to read a forest plot? Yes or no? – I don’t. – Forest plot. You don’t know how to read a forest plot? – I don’t know the details. – So, I’m sorry. I’m sorry, it’s almost like a comedy. – Based on what you presented, you haven’t lost an argument yet. There’s not one thing that you’ve said that’s incorrect.
– Thank you. But you don’t know how
to read a forest plot. – Well, it’s funny you mention that ’cause yesterday he put
out a post on his Instagram about having lost weight
having done the carnivore diet for a month, and he says he feels great so what do you kind of say back to that? Do you give any credibility to his claims? – Yeah, I absolutely think that you can have short-term benefits with all kinds of crazy nonsensical diets,
even with the carnivore one. The question is what is it going to do with you on the long term. And if you take weight loss
as a metric for a diet, if it’s good or not, I think that’s a very misleading metric. Because you can be on
cocaine and a terrible diet. You’re gonna lose weight, and that’s not gonna be good for you. So just because a diet
makes you lose weight, that doesn’t mean anything. And even if it makes
you feel good, you know, the cocaine is gonna make
you feel good so. (chuckles) So you have to look at the diet long term, and you have to ask some. The questions that you
ask have to be scientific, and you have to look
at it in a neutral way if you really wanna find
out what’s the best diet. Of course, for me, when it comes to diet, it’s not only that part,
which is objectively finding out what’s the best diet, but also I look at things like what is the environmental effect, what is the ethical
considerations around the diet, and all of that goes into my decision, which diet I wanna have, adapt as my own, which leads me to veganism. But, at the end of the
day, I think one thing that is important is when I look to how the world looked like
before Gamechangers came out and how it looks like now, what I think, and especially if you look at the attempts to attack the film
actually and criticize it, what you see is that most of these people who are attacking the film, most of them don’t even dare
to say that it is not possible to be successful as a vegan athlete, and they would do that
before the film came out. So they just basically moved the goal post and what they’re saying now is, yeah, it is possible, but
it’s really complicated, and it’s gonna be easier
if you’re not vegan. And I think that says a lot because these are the most extreme people who are really trying to fight against veganism. And even they now acknowledge
that you can do it. It’s gonna probably be
a little bit harder, which I would disagree
with because it depends on how you look at things. Of course, if you have been
not vegan your whole life and you are not willing
to learn a new thing, it’s gonna be hard. It’s hard to do stuff that
you haven’t done before. But if you’re a little bit flexible and if you are willing to learn new stuff, and if you are willing
to do something that is not what everyone else does, but you’re willing to do that
journey, it’s not hard at all. I never found it hard or
complicated or anything. And I can say that I had my best results after being vegan for half a decade. – What year was that? – That was 2016, so I went– – And that was when The
Gamechangers was filmed, with that scene, correct? – Yeah, a lot of. So “The Gamechangers” was
filmed over a lot of years. So my earliest scene actually,
or one of my earliest scenes, is from 2013, and that’s actually what you see in the end of the film. So that huge yoke thing,
that high energy thing in the end of the film,
that’s actually from 2013, but we also have stuff from ’15 and so on. But, at the end of the day,
my personal records that I set in the deadlift and in the
squat and in all big lifts, I set them all in 2016, and that’s five years after going vegan. And I’ve been vegetarian
six years before that so meat has been not a part of my life for a very long time at that point, and I’ve been vegan for half a decade. So you can’t attribute
anything of what I did in 2016 to some glass of milk that I was drinking half a decade before that. The film has really
changed people’s perception in the form of a huge landslide actually. I think the world now is very different from before the film came out. And I think a lot of
stuff is gonna now happen because I feel like we’re
approaching the tipping point where everything is
getting so much easier, and this toxic kind of negativity from certain people out there
is gonna get less and less because they feel less
and less emboldened to be toxic because they just see, well, I can’t go out and tell
everyone it’s not possible if people are doing it everyday so. So I’m excited to see what
happens in the next few years. – It’s really inspiring hearing that. Are you still competing? – So I stopped competing in 2016. So when I say I did all
my personal records there, that was right before I had an injury. I tore my tricep at the World
Championships on log lift in 2016, that was insummer ’16, and right before that was basically where I set all my records. So that injury happened like, basically, on the height of my performance level. So I had to have surgery
done and then it took me half a year where I
couldn’t even use that arm. And then, as I said, it was already meant to be the last competition because. So what a lot of people might not now is that I started actually training and competing when I was 14. So at this point in 2016 I’m competing for almost a quarter of a
decade, a quarter of a century. – Actually.
– Yeah so. So that, of course, over all these years there’s a lot of stuff accumulating, little injuries here and there. And so I could feel that I was, most of my effort was not going
into trying to get better, but it was going to trying to navigate around all these old injuries and stuff, so I thought it would be a
good time to call it a day and focus on other things, also knowing that the film would come out. It was actually planned
that it would come out in ’17 already so I was. With that in mind, I was
thinking I’m gonna now focus on promoting the film
and stop doing competition. So right now I’m training. I have a lot of fun trainings so I don’t think I’m gonna stop training. – [Klaus] So you just do it for fun. – Yeah, I do it for fun. And I try to kind of keep
80% of my strength level or as much as I can, but at the same time I weigh less because I’m constantly trying to lose weight because I
don’t need all that mass that I need for competitions
in every day life so I try to have a more functional body for just normal stuff. – What do you squat? – My best squat was, in
kilos, it’s 370 kilos. – [Klaus] One rep or? – Yeah, that’s a max rep. – Wow, and what would you do now if you were to this morning? – Well, right now I’m a
little bit handicapped due to a slight misalignment in my hips, but the heaviest session in
the last few months that I did was 330 kilos, and that
was a very easy rep, so I’m not that far away from back then. But that 370 was in
2016, that’s what I meant with my highest numbers,
that’s all from ’16. – Wow, just the last couple of questions. What does the next few
years look like for you? – Well, right now, I’m
basically focusing completely on activism so I’m doing
a lot events where I just give talks and try to basically just use all these experiences
that I have from the years competing as a vegan strength
athlete and try to just get as many ears as possible and
try to get that out to people. At the same time, promoting
the film, of course. That’s gonna be something
I’m gonna probably spend the next two years still trying to help promote “The Gamechangers.” Because you have to think now
it’s available everywhere, but, at the same time, we
can still do a lot offline. For instance, one thing
that I’m planning to do is, I have a lot of requests from
universities, for instance, to give a talk there so I’m
using these opportunities to show the film there and basically use the film as a tool
to get that information to as many people as possible. – Would you do WWE is they approached you? (laughs) – I was actually a fan of
wrestling when I started training so I don’t know, depends
on the money. (laughs) – Any closing remark? Thank you so much for your time. Any final thoughts or where
can people find your stuff? – Yeah, so if you’re interested
in the stuff that I do, I’m actually on Facebook
and YouTube, and Instagram, so social media it’s
pretty easy to find me on, Patrik Baboumian. And then I have a small online store where you can get like T-Shirts and my books and stuff like
that, it’s VeganBadass.com. – Great. – And, other than that,
I just really hope that. So for me basically, what
I’m really trying to do is I’m trying to take away
people’s irrational fears and uncertainty that they
feel towards going vegan. Mainly it’s guys. So I’m trying to help them basically get rid of that fear to
lose manliness or anything, and I feel like that goal is
very close to being achieved in huge parts of society, and
that makes me very happy so. Yeah, thanks to everyone
who is a part of that. I mean, like you guys with your platform are a huge part of that. And, as I told you,
I’m always happy if you take a bunch of my content
and just spread it. – Yeah, ’cause, off camera, we
reposted one of your videos. And I was just saying to you, off camera, that it was easier for
us because we titled it “Vegan Strongman Slams Joe Rogan” and you had never put
that on your platform so it’s great to collaborate, and thank you for everything that you do. – Thank you. (graphic popping)
(graphic whooshing) (graphic popping)


Vegan Strongman REACTS To 'The Game Changers' Drama...


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