Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary series, Bad Vegan, is all the rage right now, and for good reason: it’s based on an unbelievable true-life story.
The show, which was created by the executive producer of Tiger King, one of Netflix’s best true crime shows, and the director of Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, has already set us up for a wild ride, and we’re ready for it. Indeed, based on the description, it could be the strangest true story we’ve ever heard.
The four-part series first aired on Netflix in mid-March 2022 and is now available in its entirety. So, before you start binge-watching Bad Vegan: Fame, Fraud, and Fugitives, here’s what you need to know about it, including the trailer and the true storey behind it…
Vegan will be released on the following date:
On March 16th, Netflix will release Bad Vegan.
All four episodes of the series, created by Tiger King producer and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened director Chris Smith, will be available to stream on the site from that point on.
What is the premise of Bad Vegan?
The series tells the genuine, horrifying story of celebrity restaurateur Sarma Melngailis, dubbed “the queen of vegan cuisine.”
Melngailis’ American raw vegan business Pure Cuisine and Wine was the leading raw vegan food restaurant at the time, offering “high quality, fine dining vegan experience,” according to the Netflix trailer.
The restaurant was well-known for hosting major Hollywood stars like as Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, with a former employee noting it was a “wonderful atmosphere to work in” in the trailer.
The series, on the other hand, will focus on how her vegan enterprise came crashing down after she met a man named Shane Fox online.
The mystery man – actual name Anthony Strangis — connives Malngailis out of her self-made money by telling her that he holds the secret to making her fantasies come true at the height of her celebrity.
In the video, he even promises Malngailis that if she passes a series of exams, he will immortalise her and her beloved pitbull. Yes, this series does get a little strange at times.
The four-part docuseries follows the restaurateur as she is forced to comply with her partner’s demands over the course of months and years.
“If I instructed you to take all the money out of your bank and light it on fire – you do it,” Strangis tells Melngailis in the teaser.
What Has Been Happening To Sarma And What Is She Doing Now?
Sarma is sentenced to 24 years in prison for severe stealing, labour law violations, and tax evasion.
“Sweet Pussy,” as her cellmates call her.
Her prosecutors offer her a plea bargain during the trial: a reduction in her sentence from one to three years in prison.
Sheila Tendy and César de Castro, her lawyers, refuse: the defence of their client rests on Strangis’ “coercive control.”
Melngailis was found guilty of theft, fraud, and tax evasion and was sentenced to four months in prison in May 2017.
She divorces Strangis a year later.
She is now 49 years old and is attempting to reopen a vegan business while simultaneously focusing on her second major passion: dogs.
She shares her home with pit dog Leon and is a supporter of Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.
However, this incident remains a major scar on a woman who has become an icon for ethical vegans.
Sarma is not so much guilty of the crimes she was convicted of as she is of “misconduct” for a vegan, as one of Pure’s investors told Vanity Fair reporter Allen Salkin.
Bad Vegan is ‘fascinating,’ according to critics, and it’s even more bizarre than The Tinder Swindler.
Bad Vegan appears to have received positive feedback. The “astonishing mix of facts the movie manages to offer is not for nothing,” according to Variety, and “anyone interested in hearing level-headed people remember watching their boss break down will be persuaded.” The series offers a “tastier” plot than past scam-based alternatives, according to TV Guide. It goes on to say that Sarma Melngailis is “riveting” as a subject and that the show is “one of Netflix’s finest true-crime docuseries in recent memory.”
The documentary has gotten a lot of attention on Twitter, with many users comparing the con story to The Tinder Swindler and arguing that it doesn’t match up. Others have suggested that the show should be seen “right now” by everyone.
Who is interviewed in Bad Vegan?
In Bad Vegan, many people involved in the storey of Sarma Melngailis’ death, including Melngailis herself, are interviewed.
Smith says of questioning Melngailis for the docuseries, “We filmed eight hours and I recall for the first two and a half hours, I wasn’t really sure that there was anything there.”
“And then, about a third of the way through, something happened, and it really started to reveal itself in terms of the subtlety of her journey.” The storey came to life when ‘Shane’ came into the picture.”
The documentary’s crew also spoke with writer Allen Salkin, restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, Melngailis’ family, and Nazim, Stangis’ friend and business associate.
Trailer for ‘Bad Vegan’:
The official trailer for the documentary The Bad Vegan gives you a good indication of what you may expect from it. Without a doubt, there will be drama.
How many episodes of ‘Bad Vegan’ are there?
Bad Vegan is a Netflix docu-series with four episodes that range between 44 and an hour each. That leaves plenty of room for squabbles, secrecy, and dishonesty!