With a fruit-basket variety of channels on YouTube, it wouldn’t be out of place then to see one dedicated to extremism and folly created by internet personalities who never cease to amaze us. Some, however, are good enough and make a decent ad revenue from it. Richard Burgess better known as Vegan Gains is one of such people.
He is a Canadian YouTuber and bodybuilder known as a vegan activist. He promotes the benefits of a vegan based diet to his over 300,000 subscribers through his videos. Talk about polemics, he is a pro in that. Those that are not on the same page with him as per his views and beliefs such as non-vegans are served some doses from his over-stuffed menu. Also, his behavior and outlook on others have earned him a disputable reputation. with many referring to him as a sociopath, narcissist, and even an oreo.
Vegan Gains’ Bio, Age
The bodybuilder was born on the 26th day of June 1991 in Canada. The Canadian launched his YouTube channel in December 2014 with a self-introduction in a video named Why a Bodybuilder Became Vegan after he went vegan in 2011. Since then, he has made a number of other videos most of which are in favor of veganism while the others have opinions which border on extremist behavior. Richard claimed that he went the vegan way after watching one of the animal rights activist and lecturer, Gary Yourofsky‘s video on Facebook.
He has demonstrated violence, aggression, and delusions and talks about having mental problems as well as describing himself as a sadist and misanthropist. Though his love for and promotion of veganism could be considered a goal, the way he carries about that is what is often debated. He claims to love animals but dislike and enjoy hurting people and often wields a knife threatening meat eaters.
The knife-wielding YouTuber also stated his hatred for children and babies stating that they make him sick and he so often desires to slam his foot through them. Though he claims his statement is ironical and only intended as a click bait, he demonstrated his hatred by getting a vasectomy so he would never have tots of his own.
Another evidence of his aggressive and unstable behavior is his threat to slit the throat of a fellow YouTuber, MrRepzion who detracted from his opinion.
Apart from his attacks on other bodybuilders and fellow YouTubers, he often pits himself against celebrities in videos with title forms Celebrity vs Vegan Gains. Not only does he attack meat eaters and seemingly animal mistreaters, he takes a step further in expressing delight in the “woe” of others which he claims is caused by eating meat.
In one of his videos, he made fun of a fellow YouTuber, Peter Czerwinski aka Furious Pete who had testicular cancer saying he deserves what he got, shaming him for his dietary choices. That is wishing another death because he eats meats. Interestingly, not even his family members are left out in his outbursts. He went as far as recording his granddad’s death to promote veganism. Absurd, huh?
In addition to his numerous exploits on YouTube, Vegan Gains has a popular series called Worst of the Fitness Industry, where he tries to let people know that bodybuilders as good as they look or nice as they seem, don’t necessarily want to help them but rather to make money off them mostly by selling supplements. As such, he has often been referred to as the Keemstar of bodybuilders.
Vegan Gains cuts such an interesting personality. If one mentions him in a video or comment, such person should expect a grossly miscalculated, rambling, conceited response within hours of the remark or post. An instance was when LeafyisHere responded to one of his videos titled How I Humanely Kill People, by proposing Vegan Gains be thrown into an insane asylum. In response, he posted two videos against him.
However, while many may have criticized him for his extremism, others have lauded him for being a big influence on those who wouldn’t look into veganism otherwise and also, for his controversial approach to presenting his case which they felt breeds attention which encourages thought on what he discusses.
The Vegan activist caused a big stir sometime in mid-2015 when he uploaded a video of his 82-year-old grandfather having a heart attack intending to spread awareness about how unhealthy eating meat is. The grandson supposedly made fun of his grandfather saying he deserves what he got. The video was soon deleted at the behest of his family, however, it was seen as him taking his belief to the extreme.
Vegan Gains Wife, Girlfriend
Jasmine Gains is the name of his wife, a fellow vegan. She doubles as his manager and also has her own YouTube channels. The duo met sometime in 2015 on Facebook and got married in Belgium, her home country in November 2016.
With so much focus on vegan bodybuilding and the edge vegan lifestyle has over animal eaters or rather ‘abusers’ in his language, one would wonder what body physique he cuts. Anyway, he has quite a terrific body that weighs 81 kg (179 lbs) and stands at 1.89 m (6’2″) tall.