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PETA wants Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston to change nickname to ‘Tofu’


Andrew “Beef” Johnston has exploded upon the world golf stage of late due to his everyman appearance, congenial demeanor and the undeniable joy he exudes on the course. The 27-year-old Englishman has seen his star rise substantially of late, as galleries at the Open Championship and last weekend’s PGA Championship passionately bellowed his nickname, “Beef,” after each and every time he put club to ball.

And now, Johnston’s unique moniker has now, perhaps not surprisingly, caught the attention of PETA.

The animal rights organization announced on Tuesday through its United Kingdom chapter that it sent a letter to Johnston requesting he change his nickname to a less meaty moniker:


Not only that, PETA also suggested that “Beef” adopt a vegan diet.

Via the New York Post:

Like many others, we’ve been enthusiastically following your career, and we thought we’d send you a gift of delicious vegan steaks and burgers in the hope that you’ll consider adopting a kinder, healthier vegan lifestyle, which would pave the way for a new nickname: Andrew “Tofu” Johnston.

Your new nickname would also raise awareness of the urgent need to move towards a cruelty-free lifestyle to offset the worst effects of climate change. According to the United Nations, animal agriculture is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.

Perhaps PETA isn’t aware of the fact that “Beef” isn’t some new nickname for Johnston he can abandon in an instant. In fact, it originally was a childhood nickname, since shortened from “Beefhead,” which was a crack about his hair.

Given that Johnston now boasts an endorsement deal with Arby’s — whose own current catchphrase is a meaty one, to boot — there’s little chance the golfer is going to turn his back on “Beef” anytime soon. And he took to Twitter to make it abundantly clear he isn’t inclined to take PETA up on its suggestion.

Enough said. “Beef” it is and always will be.