Friends, remember the Christian education series that was VeggieTales?
Reimagining Bible stories and promoting Christianity's moral themes, VeggieTales has been a staple in many households since the '90s.
In 2014 VeggieTales extended its reach onto the portable screen, with Netflix announcing it would feature a new series, VeggieTales in the House, made up of 75 episodes over a three year period. VeggieTales in the City, another series, was released in February this year.
The latest series has kind of moved away from the early Christian roots of VeggieTales, focusing more on children's entertainment. They still teach moral lessons (like the importance of being polite), but the Christian thing... eh, it's not as big a deal.
Oh, also, there was an obvious act of CANNIBALISM in the first episode of VeggieTales in the City.
The episode, titled Burgers for Sale, focused on the (initially) competitive relationship between a sandwich shop and a burger joint, both operated by vegetables.
In the opening scene a female vegetable (assuming gender is a thing in the VeggieTales' world) made a sandwich during a trial for a job at the sandwich store. "Tomato, bread, meat, cheese, lettuce, mayonnaise," she said, assembling the sandwich.
That's right. Tomato *and* lettuce.
Now there is of course the interminable debate about whether a tomato is a fruit or vegetable, but we can all agree that lettuce is DEFINITELY a vegetable. It's the cornerstone of a salad.
Which leads us to the question: are VeggieTales vegetables cannibals? Do they eat... their own?
In a later scene, at the burger joint, a hamburger with lettuce CLEARLY between the buns can be seen. Lettuce – as previously established – is a vegetable.
Surprisingly, there's very little online about the diet of the characters from VeggieTales.
A few people have asked questions on various sites, and there are one or maybe two tweets – but ultimately, it's an issue that until now has gone largely unnoticed.
Oh, and one reviewer on Netflix (I promise it is not me) also waded into the debate:
Now, I have reached out to VeggieTales to get to the bottom of this, because I am a journalist and that is what journalists do. However, it's been a few days and I've heard nothing.
All we can do is sit, think, and contemplate if the veggies really do eat their own kind.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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