Alan Cumming Is Conflicted About Thanksgiving, But Enjoys His Veggie Haggis

He likes a feast, moral-consciousness aside.

Over at the Barneys launch party for Gaga's workshop, Grub Street chatted with Alan Cumming about his curious Thanksgiving plans, given that he's (1) from Scotland and (2) a vegetarian. Unsurprisingly, he has a very unique, and uncensored, POV.

Are you guys doing Thanksgiving dinner?
Were going to have Thanksgiving lunch at our favorite veggie café, Kates, a vegan Thanksgiving lunch, and then Im flying to Scotland to get away from these awful celebrations of the genocide of the indigenous population. Im going back to my homeland where we dont celebrate killing a whole race of natives.

When you go to Scotland, do you eat haggis?
Sometimes. I eat veggie haggis.

There is such a thing?
Yeah, its delicious. Really delicious.

But isnt the skin, like, skin?
It used to be; traditionally, they used to cook it inside a sheeps bladder, but they dont do that anymore ... Actually, it was more like whatever sausages are cooked in, I dont know, like a skin of old cows hooves or something. I dont know. Some horrible cancer-ridden piece of something picked off a floor.

Do you do that every year, avoid Thanksgiving?
No. I quite like Thanksgiving. I mean, I dont enjoy why it exists, but I like a sort of pagan reason for everyone to get together and basically have Christmas but without the religion. I like that. Its just a shame, of course, that it has to be tinged with genocide. But I do actually enjoy it. I like feasts.