A Long, Incomplete and Still Evolving List of Disclaimers to Accompany My Food Photos and Links

You all are going to make me lose my mind, you know that, right?

Marla Rose
6 min readAug 26, 2020
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

As someone who likes getting the word out about new vegan food options on social media, I have learned the hard way that it’s wise to preface your shares with a long list of disclaimers. A variety of disclaimers that will preemptively reply to every spoken and unspoken question and acknowledge every possible concern. A list of disclaimers to address a litany of issues that the most neurotic person on the planet would would have to get up early to imagine into existence and a list that would acknowledge even the most uncommon allergies. I had no idea the human species was so hair-splitting and doggedly determined to find something to complain or worry about until the advent of social media but I know now. Boy, do I know.

Maybe it’s because vegans are accustomed to looking at and thinking about food critically, but I have found that herbivores will put on their fault-finding goggles with even the most innocuous of food posts. When did we become a nation of obsessive finger-waggers? Maybe we should reserve that for the truly messed up things in the world and not for the fact that I posted something with almonds in it and you don’t eat nuts.