If you need a pick-me-up, these Bad Vegan memes will deliver in spades.
While the four-part docuseries—some of the best true crime on Netflix—reveals how innocent workers suffered at the hands of a scamming couple, the truly outlandish antics beg for wild reactions (and, of course, sympathy for all Pure Food & Wine staffers).
Anna Delvey memes and The Tinder Swindler memes set the precedent, and now the internet's new target is New York City's most infamous vegan restauranteur. (If you're curious about what happened to Sarma Melngailis, we'll get you up to speed.)
Sit back and allow the World Wide Web to do what it does best.
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Before we present to you our favorite LOL moments from the Twittersphere, let's backtrack a bit.
Bad Vegan, Netflix's latest tale of deceit, follows Sarma Melngailis, the founder of Pure Food & Wine and New York's pioneer of vegan dining. Though she was a sharp, business-savvy woman, things went downhill when she connected with a man on Twitter.
Shane Fox (né Anthony Strangis) scammed the restauranteur into countless dollars to help fuel his gambling addiction. Despite his police record and promise to make Melngailis' dog immortal—Strangis claimed to be inhuman—she tied the knot with this "God-like" force and ultimately scammed her employees and investors out of millions.
Perhaps the most ironic thing of all? When the couple went on the run, a Domino's Pizza order (presumably not vegan) busted them and alerted authorities to their whereabouts. Karma, karma, karma!
Now that you're aware of the backstory and red flags, please proceed!
Our favorite 'Bad Vegan' memes:
1. "What's going on?"
Pretty much from the get-go, this Netflix hit had us wondering what in the world was happening in the vegan community.
Second episode of #BadVegan pic.twitter.com/l1R1avmvObMarch 22, 2022
2. Prepare to be shocked
Yes, we are just as surprised as you are.
Yhooo have y’all watched #BadVegan ???? pic.twitter.com/l2Rod5aOE6March 22, 2022
3. Unexpected new binge
While we're patiently waiting for Bridgerton season 2, we need a little snack. Bad Vegan delivers in all of its plant-based and deceit-laced goodness. If you thought you weren't going to binge this doc in one sitting, think again.
Okay I didn't expect #BadVegan to rope me in like this ... pic.twitter.com/TN4rIjTi86March 22, 2022
4. More money, more problems
Have we learned nothing from The Tinder Swindler? Any time a man you just began seeing asks you for money, this is a bad sign. Do you not see the red flags waving in the wind?
Wait a damn minute… #BadVegan … this lady was just giving this man all of her money pic.twitter.com/YNhWfxxT2bMarch 22, 2022
5. Turning a blind eye
When said red flags begin to multiply, do not proceed.
Ummmm... so you find out about multiple identities and his police records AND you still...??? Mam? #BadVegan pic.twitter.com/g3XM86lUXyMarch 22, 2022
6. A cool, casual $10,000
Five bucks is one thing, but if a new match on Hinge needs you to wire him thousands of dollars, something is seriously suspicious.
#BadVegan My reaction if someone I just recently started dating asks me to wire them $10k: pic.twitter.com/gnbS2SGJRgMarch 22, 2022
7. Not falling for it
A lot of Twitter users are unconvinced of Melngailis' "naïveté."
Who is Miss Sarma trying to fool?? This whole innocently naive thing she’s trying to give…? #BadVegan pic.twitter.com/zVNy0noOliMarch 22, 2022
8. When he says he can make your dog immortal...
While yes, we'd jump at a chance to keep Fido by our side forever, we know this is NOT a possibility. If a potential match promises to keep your furry best friend alive for all eternity, this is one of the biggest dating deal breakers to put on your list.
Why would I believe someone will make me immortal 😂🤦♀️ #BadVeganMarch 22, 2022
9. Have a headache?
Is this story making your head spin? Pass the Tylenol.
#BadVegan is making my head hurt. pic.twitter.com/m5UstosHUvMarch 22, 2022
10. 'The Tinder Swindler' 2.0
Once again, we ask: does this sound familiar?
Bad Vegan= Tinder Swindler 2.0 eeeeeh what in God’s green earth did I just watch 🤦♀️ #BadVeganMarch 22, 2022
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment.
The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos and honed in on astrology coverage within the Life vertical. She's partial to writing pieces about the next big TV obsession—anyone else impatiently waiting for "Conversations with Friends"—and keeping you up to date on new trends like the latest must-have from Zara.
Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets.
When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a new book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)
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