by Christian Duque
Kai Greene remains one of the most popular bodybuilders in the world. He is a guy who, with the exception of the Olympics, won every conceivable title and had a career of ten men. Even in the reign of Mr. Olympia Phil Heath, Kai became more popular. Why was that? In fact, Kai was popular, loved and respected because he was real. If you remember his videos with Palumbo, Pulcinella, and the various magazines, The Predator was not a Hollywood Jetsetter, he did not live big, he was a guy who actually had problems.
Who can forget when Palumbo, then MD, spent a day in the life of Kai Greene? We need to see Kai's NYC apartment, its walks to Dollar Store Tuppaware and its market outings. This was a guy who could barely make ends meet, but he could handle it. In fact, Kai is more and more called the Predator nickname "Mr. Getting It Done ", but now much of that credibility can be compromised.
Kai Greene is at the center of a social media dispute over his recent decision to go vegan after watching The Game Changers' documentary on Netflix. After watching Kai had a social media development. He first suggested dealing with veganism, then researching it and finally publicly proclaiming that he would do so. That's all right and good, but what's interesting is that Kai became a lawyer and some may even postulate a zealot for the diet soon after living a few days in that lifestyle. Major social media stars went on air, suggesting that Greene's motives were more based on financial gain, notoriety, and other reasons than saving the planet. The truth is that whatever Kai's reasons for the change has been, there has been an enormous amount of social media setbacks.
Bodybuilding fans are tired of playing tricks. Eating, exercising, supplementing and even drinking water play an important role. People are locked out with offers and programs, from their emails to inserting into their DMs, to pop-up banners on websites they visit across the web. Most sales pitches have a quack in a white lab coat or someone who looks like they've never gained weight in their lives. The fact that it is now Kai is enough to make all those who have decided to change their history, to overcome the odds of making something out of nothing and reach the top, doubt the whole. And if they doubt the whole thing, who in the hell have they followed and supported all these years? Nobody likes to feel cheated.
Listen, I've been a vegetarian for over a quarter of a century. I stopped eating meat because animals matter to me and I do not think it is necessary to eat meat to live a happy life. When I stopped eating meat in 1994, maybe there was 1/10 of the possibilities we have today. I like the fact that it is so much easier now, and I like the fact that we have people who refuse meat for personal or religious reasons, and they can do so while they are still social. It's great that restaurants, even fast food chains, offer vegetarian and vegan dishes.
What has rubbed me, like many others, wrong, is that Kai could possibly do so for money. What if he is? How about signing a Supplementary Treaty and preaching that its additions are the best, that they can share the sea and that they help consumers to do the unthinkable? I think it really is not much different, but it seems dishonest on a whole new level. It feels like the bodybuilding audience is being cheated and cheated by a guy who has always been marketed as "The Last of the Mohicans".
In the end, will we really know if Kai is on a vegan diet? Will he be able to maintain the same size and strength? Who knows? Will he ever compete again? No idea. What I also find a bit strange is that if he's really vegan, what does that mean for his supplement line? How can you promote supplements that you can not only ingest, but can not take? If vegetable is the better way, why are you selling and promoting animals in public? Or is dynamics perhaps totally vegan? Could this be advertising?
In the end, it would be fine if Kai made a decision based on his own morality and principles. If not, that's fine, but the only thing Kai has always set, even if he never won the Olympics, was the respect and loyalty of the people. This step, right here, if not done for the right reasons, will only hurt its credibility. The only real litmus test is the time. Over time, we will see if it was just about making money or changing their way of life.
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