Filmmaker Kevin Smith, who went vegan following a major heart attack in early 2018, was the target of a keto pill phishing scam.
The “Jay and Silent Bob” creator posted a screenshot of an ad using a photo of his weight loss without his permission. The post — which baits with “Here’s Why Celebrities Love Keto HD” — falsely attributes a quote to Smith. “No, I didn’t need to exercise every day. I’ve always liked to jog every few days, but I didn’t. The only thing I did was took these pills.”
Smith warned fans not to click on the image, which leads to a phishing site. He also took issue with being used to promote a pill — and a diet — that he doesn’t follow.
“I never did Keto: to lose weight after my heart attack, I went vegan,” the 49-year-old filmmaker wrote on Instagram, adding that he also became a Weight Watchers ambassador.
“That quote attributed to me is not only grammatically incorrect, I believe it’s also fabricated,” he continued. “As I’ve *never* jogged and the only pills I take are heart-related prescriptions mandated by my cardiologist.”
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PHISHING PHUCKERS! This image and the click-through link is being posted to folks’ @facebook pages WITHOUT MY PERMISSION! The link attached to the stolen image that I posted on @instagram last year leads to a phishing site, so DO NOT CLICK! This ad is pure bullshit. I never did Keto: to lose weight after my heart attack, I went Vegan and then joined @ww (who made me a #wwambassador). That quote attributed to me is not only grammatically incorrect, I believe it’s also fabricated, as I’ve *never* jogged and the only pills I take are heart-related prescriptions mandated by my cardiologist. If anybody has any link info for this fraud, please provide in the comments below. But most importantly, don’t believe anybody trying to sell you on a weight loss pill, whether using my image and a fake pull quote or not. Fuck, I feel like Homer when he found that Mr. Sparkle box… #KevinSmith #bullshit
Keto vs. Vegan
With a heavy emphasis on meat and dairy, the keto diet is practically veganism’s opposite. And many health professionals have pointed out that it can be detrimental to health — particularly heart health. A 2018 study from The Lancet Public Health on low-carb diets found that the keto diet — which replaces grains with protein and fats — can lower life expectancy.
According to former president of the American College of Cardiology Dr. Kim Williams, a study from the Journal of the American Heart Association also highlights similar risks. It found that those with past heart attacks who adopted a keto diet faced a 53 percent increase in mortality. “No one should be doing this,” he added.
Research also links a meat-heavy diet to a higher risk of a heart attack. But a plant-based diet is effective in preventing heart health issues, according to the American Heart Association. A study from the World Cancer Research Fund found that a plant-based diet can also reduce the risk of multiple forms of cancer by as much as 40 percent.
Last August, following a checkup with Marc Ladenheim, the doctor who saved his life, Smith revealed that the type of heart attack he experienced has a 20 percent survival rate. The filmmaker has been very vocal about his healthy lifestyle (balanced with a love for Veggie Grill’s vegan fast food) since recovering.