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DENVER (CBS4)– Gov. Jared Polis’ is drawing fire after declaring March 20 “Meatout” day in Colorado. He’s asking Coloradans to eat only plant-based products that day.

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State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, a third-generation Colorado rancher, is among those who are outraged.
He took the floor of the state Senate Friday and took the governor to task over the proclamation that he says could impact The National Western Stock Show.

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Sonnenberg says words have consequences especially when they’re the words of the governor, “We can’t have leadership in this state throw the number two industry in this state under the bus…that’s unacceptable!!”

It’s not the first time the governor, whose partner is vegan, has snubbed the beef industry. Sonnenberg recalled how Polis plugged Burger King’s meatless burger when it came out, even sending a bunch of them to the Department of Agriculture.

“This contributes to his war on rural Colorado and creates an even bigger divide and it is a slap in face.”

It could also have economic ramifications. Sonneberg says the National Hereford Association is now threatening to leave the National Western, saying the proclamation is the last straw.

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Polis isn’t backing off and is, in fact, downplaying the controversy, “We do hundreds of these proclamations.”

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He suggests everyone’s overreacting, noting that he’s expanded markets for Colorado beef and he likes meat or, at least, he likes cooking it.

“One of my quarantine holidays learning to cook some of the underappreciated cuts including flanks and round steak and I’ll put my brisket against anybody’s brisket in the state.”

Senator Rhonda Fields suggests the governor is tone-deaf, “Have you seen the lines in reference to people getting boxes of food? And we want to have a day of no meat?”

Sonneberg also isn’t amused and asked his Senate colleagues to join him in sending a message, “Members I’m asking you to stand up for ag, be vocal for ag.”

The National Western released a statement saying the proclamation is disappointing but wouldn’t say whether it might hurt the stock show.

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Meantime, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association is holding a “Meatin” day March 20, the same day as “Meatout” day. It has posted a list of beef barbeques planned across the state and restaurants and stores that will be offering meat specials on its website.

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Actor Chris Evans has responded to Lizzo sliding into his direct messages on Instagram while she was a hot drunk mess.  

The Grammy-winning singer revealed on Saturday in a TikTok that she hit up the Captain America star with a series of emojis for dashing away, a woman playing handball and a basketball. “Don’t drink and DM, kids…. for legal porpoises this is a joke,” Lizzo wrote in the caption.

“The reason I’m upset about this one is because I know I’m not gonna be able to marry him, and honestly, it hurts me to the core,” Lizzo lip-synced to TikTok audio by Tatayanna Mitchell. “Because damn papa, he a rare breed, no comparing. Like, Chris…”

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Evans responded by telling the songstress… “No shame in a drunk DM,” he wrote in a DM with a kissing face emoji. “God knows I’ve done worse on this app lol,” Evans added, most likely referring to last year when he accidentally posted nude photos of himself on his Instagram Story, which were swiftly deleted.

Lizzo reacts to Chris Evans’ response to her drunkenly sliding into his DMs on Instagram.

— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 19, 2021

Speaking about her love life in a 2019 interview with PEOPLE, Lizzo explained… “I’m a single-minded individual, and I really like my freedom. I think there’s a lot of people that need to be in relationships and need to be in love. I want it sometimes, but I don’t need it,” she said. Most recently, the “Good As Hell” singer shared a nude self on Instagram as part of Dove’s Self Esteem Project. 

“♉️WELCOME TO TAURUS SEASON♉️ To celebrate I wanna give y’all this unedited selfie,” Lizzo captioned the photo on April 20, noting that she wanted to show her fans “how I do it au natural.”

Lizzo continued: “I am excited to be partnering with @dove and the #DoveSelfEsteemProject which is helping to reverse the negative effects of social media and changing the conversation about beauty standards. Let’s get real y’all.” Check out her nude IG post below.

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Lizzo previously admitted that she had to learn to love her body after spending years trying to be something she’s not. 

“Every Black woman I saw was really light-skinned, or had straight, blonde hair,” Lizzo said in a conversation with Jameela Jamil for the series I Weigh Conversations. “So I was like, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful, I want to look like that!’ but I would look in the mirror and I looked so far from that, that I was almost like, ‘I want to be somebody else.’ I didn’t have little things I wanted to change about myself. I had this entire fantasy about waking up and being like, Sailor Moon. Completely unrealistic goals.”

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In a TikTok video shared with fans back in December, Lizzo confessed that she had “negative thoughts” regarding her own body image despite all the confident self-love anthems that she’s built her career on, theGRIO reported. 

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“I came home and I took my clothes off to take a shower, and I just started having all of these really negative thoughts about myself,” she recalled. “Like, you know, ‘What’s wrong with me? Maybe everything, [and] all the mean things people say about me are true.’ And, you know, ‘Why am I so disgusting?’ And [I was] hating my body.”

“Normally, I would have some positive thing to say to get me out of this, but I don’t, and that’s okay too,” she continued. “[It’s] normal, and [it happens] to everybody. It happens to the best of us.”

“We are the best of us, and I just have to know that, tomorrow, how I feel in here is gonna change,” Lizzo said while pointing to her head. “And I can only hope that it changes for the better.”

“But I know I’m beautiful; I just don’t feel it,” she added. “But I know I’m gonna get through it.”

*theGRIO’s Blue Telusma contributed to this report.

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