Lady Gaga Incurs the Wrath of PETA over use of Fur
International singing sensation Lady Gaga has run afoul of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) over her use of fur.
Supposedly, PETA is perplexed by the singer’s recent public appearance wearing fur given her past statement to fans “I don’t wear fur and I hate fur”.
Well, PETA isn’t an organization known for its tolerance had member Dan Matthews issue an open letter to Gaga which asks for her to explain the nature of the fur she’s been recently spotted wearing and reminding her that a Kim Kardashian style flour-bombing will befall her if she is indeed wearing animals furs.
“We are a lot of Gaga fans here at PETA, a number of gay people are on staff, and among our members,” Matthews said on my radio program on SiriusXM OutQ on Tuesday. “PETA members helped lead protests against Chick-fil-A. We have a lot of crossover in the gay community. We were thrilled when Gaga went on “Ellen” [in November 2009] and told her she doesn’t wear fur. And so, we were quite surprised this past year when we started seeing her wearing fur coats, and we wrote her so many letters asking if they were fake or not. We just got no reply.”
The singer posted a statement on her social networking site LittleMonsters.com in response to backlash from her otherwise faithful fans.
“I want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life,” Gaga wrote. “I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE. Particularly one I respect: Animal Rights.” There, she appeared to be addressing militant animal rights activists.
“I am choosing not to comment on whether the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypocritical not to acknowledge a python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, ‘kermit’ and not to mention meat, that I have already worn,” Gaga added. She was referring, of course, to her infamous “meat dress,” and to a cape she once wore that was made entirely of stuffed Kermit the Frog dolls.
“I am not a strict vegan. I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially I have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won’t bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat…You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance,” Gaga added.
“But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this, its a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine.”