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During his Oscars acceptance speech for best male lead as the psychologically tormented Arthur Fleck in “Joker” (2019), actor Joaquin Phoenix famously lamented man’s treatment of cows.

“We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources,” he lamented. “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”

A couple of days later, Phoenix went to the Pico Rivera slaughterhouse in Los Angeles and “liberated” a cow and its calf from being “murdered, murdered, murdered,” as he put it.

Video of the moment was published online this week by animal rescue and advocacy group . WATCH:

As the video highlights, Phoenix’s actions followed his wild Oscars acceptance speech in which he portrayed human beings as pillagers and plunderers of the world, which he framed as part of a larger discussion about “justice.” During his lament, he specifically cited humanity’s treatment of cows.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the distressing issues that we are facing collectively, and I think at times we feel or are made to feel that we champion different causes,” Phoenix said. “But for me, I see commonality. I think whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice. We’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one people, one race, one gender, or one species has the right to dominate, control, and use and exploit another with impunity. I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world and many of us, what we’re guilty of, is an egocentric world view, the belief that we’re the center of the universe.”

“We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources,” Phoenix continued. “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal. And I think we fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something to give something up but human beings, at our best, are so inventive and creative and ingenious, and I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment.”

“Now, I have been — I’ve been a scoundrel in my life,” he concluded. “I’ve been selfish, I’ve been cruel at times, hard to work with and I’m grateful that so many of you in this room have given me a second chance and I think that’s when we’re at our best, when we support each other, not when we cancel each other out for past mistakes, but when we help each other to grow, when we educate each other, when we guide each other toward redemption. That is the best of humanity. I just I want to, when he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said, ‘Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.’ Thank you.”

The speech garnered a wide range of responses, including from some high-profile figures on the right, among them talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh, who offered some commentary on Phoenix’s “feel-good wackoism” on his radio show that week.

“Boy, do we suck,” said Limbaugh, mockingly. “Yeah. That’s the Academy Award, best actor for a movie appropriately called ‘The Joker.’ We are the center of the universe, Mr. Phoenix,” said Rush.

“Humanity is the center of the universe by design. We are the stewards of the universe. We are the stewards of the natural world. We are the ones bestowed with the intelligence and the compassion to do it. We have more cows and more milk than anybody knows, and there isn’t a cow in the world that is anguished when her calf is taken away for more than five minutes because she doesn’t remember it. It’s a gift of God… Humanity has to feed itself. The means by which we do so has been given to us by God. … This is not even liberalism. This is just some sort of feel-good wackoism that seeks primacy by placing humanity on no higher level than any other living organism.”

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Becca February 23, 2020
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Wonder where he stands on abortion?
Bird February 22, 2020
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Did he return the calf to the mother cow that it was stolen from? He has just proven, one more time, how out of wack these liberal nut jobs really are!! Another Socialist who believes we should all be accepting of one another, but then takes away the beef from those who eat meat!
Sandy February 22, 2020
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IMO playing “Joker” fried his brain the same way it did Heath Ledger. If the liberals have their way, very soon we may be having to fight to eat meat!! I honestly don’t think I’m over-exaggerating.
Art LaPella February 22, 2020
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According to the impeachment, nobody is above the law. Cattle rustlers must be another exception.
Linda February 22, 2020
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If he is so upset, then shouldn't he have shown up with a half dozen 18 wheelers and bought them all??? Rather than stealing one?? His stunt was in LA. Come steal one from Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Amarillo to make your point. I grew up in Houston, TX, and cattle rustlers are not looked upon lightly by ranchers, nor the Texas Rangers.
RandyF February 22, 2020
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So, he felt entitled to trespass on private property and steal a cow and a calf. I believe that the value of the two animals could rise to Felony status. Of course, then, the trespass charge could also be elevated because it was done in the commission of Grand Theft. Where the hell does this asshole get off pulling a stunt like this?
Alfred E Newman February 22, 2020
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AOC wants all but brown cows killed because she loves chocolate milk
L. C Bugner February 22, 2020
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Well, he just committed a felony by stealing a cow and a calf that don't belong to him. I hope either the slaughterhouse or the animals' owner sue him for the maximum amount they are worth. Have him arrested and thrown in jail. I wonder if there is still a statute on the books about rustling cattle or livestock, which was a hanging offense. Get a rope!! What a POS!.
Gord February 22, 2020
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You know what happens to Cattle Rustlers, get a rope.
P February 22, 2020
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What? Won't save the children in cages?
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