This week, actress Natalie Portman has been on a media rampage against meat-eating, inspired by the publication of author Jonathan Safran Foer’s new examination of vegetarianism,
. On the Huffington Post, Portman
that reading the book “turned her vegan,” in a polemic rant that has some feminist activists up in arms as a result. She equates eating animals with rape when she writes, “He posits that consideration, as promoted by Michael Pollan in
The Omnivore’s Dilemma
, which has more to do with being polite to your tablemates than sticking to your own ideals, would be absurd if applied to any other belief (e.g., I don’t believe in rape, but if it’s what it takes to please my dinner hosts, then so be it).” Yikes! Portman continued her blitz on
, where she hosted a vegetarian dinner party, leading to one of the show’s best moments. When one of the contestants served his dish, host Padma Lakshmi remarked that the garlic was “like a little prick on the tip of my tongue.” People
out the rest: “Padma continued: ‘I thought that my shallot was a little sharp especially when you pair it with these garlic blossoms that are very tiny in size and yet…”—and right on cue, Portman finished the thought—“big in your mouth,” she said. Unable to resist, Tom piped up: “It went from a little prick to big in your mouth,” he said. Quipped one of Portman’s pals: “That’s what usually happens!” End scene.” When did Natalie Portman get to be so amusing?