Why the hostility toward restricted diets?

The recent thread about dinner guests unearthed more of the hostility toward those with restricted diets (especially vegans) that I've noticed frequently on Serious Eats. While some vegans/vegetarians are aggressive or political, most are making a personal choice they don't impose on others. Those of you who deride vegans/vegetarians in your posts-why? Have you had specific negative experiences with veg folks? Vegans/vegetarians - how much do you encounter this in your daily lives?


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