As an H&R Block employee, I’ve been paying keen attention to our recent partnership with the American Mustache Institute in promoting the groundbreaking Stache Act, advocating that mustached Americans should “Never Settle For Less” when it comes to tax policy that protects their dynamic lifestyle.

I was troubled, however, when a recent video of an interview with actress Ellie Kemper, published by the AMI, where an Institute representative asked an unnecessary and offensive question deriding the vegetarian lifestyle — calling vegetarians “worthless.”

As a bearded and Mustached American who chooses to partake in a primarily vegetarian diet for a variety of thoughtful reasons, I found this to be unnecessarily divisive, though I appreciate Ms. Kemper’s deflection of this awkward and unfair question.

In recent years, it seems advertising has begun to appeal to the insecurities of men. Hyper-manly products — much like the oft-purchased Mustached American favorite dynamite sticks, Mr. T bobbleheads, and pocket hammers — are depicted in testosterone-laiden ads, overtly challenging the manliness of certain behaviors or products.

In this video in particular, AMI seems to implicitly challenge the manliness of vegetarians.

What AMI and the Mustached American community should know is that all the tofu in the world can’t nullify the rugged good looks and manliness of a Mustached American.

Mustached Americans have no reason to be insecure, and AMI has no reason to unnecessarily alienate anyone on their journey to passage of the critical Stache Act.

These divisive comments poison a critical debate with unnecessary distraction and seek to discriminate against sophisticated segments of the mustached population for which AMI advocates.

There is a place for everyone in this effort.

Mustaches have a place above every lip, regardless of the food that passes through those lips — or any other factor, for that matter. We need to focus on uniting to protect and expand the Mustached American experience.

That’s something we can all break bread over.