by Jasmin Malik Chua, 08/13/12
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accusing Lady Gaga of being a “Judas” to animalkind. In an open letter on Monday, the critter-rights group slammed the “Born This Way” singer for flip-flopping on an anti-fur statement she made on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2009. Although Gaga professed to “hate fur” during her appearance, recent photographs reveal a possible change in stance, one that led PETA vice president Dan Matthews to brand the chanteuse an “amnesiac” and a “turncoat.”
FUR FLAPMatthews not only linked to pictures of Gaga draped “in fox and rabbit and with a wolf carcass,” but he also attached an anti-fur video featuring Project Runway guru Tim Gunn. “What happened?” Mathews asks in the letter. “Are your stylists telling you that it’s fake, or are you a turncoat?”
Worse, Matthews compares Gaga to “the mindless Kim Kardashian” for wearing fur during the hottest month in recorded history.
“As we plan our fall campaigns,” he adds, “please tell us whether what
you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose.”
“What happened?” PETA asks. “Are your stylists telling you that it’s fake, or are you a turncoat?”
Below, the full text of the letter:
Many of your gay fans, I among them, have long admired what you told Ellen: “I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.” I included a link because these recent photos of you in fox and rabbit and with a wolf carcass make it appear that you have amnesia. I’m also including this brief video hosted by Tim Gunn showing the violent cruelty that you promote when you wear fur. What happened? Are your stylists telling you that it’s fake, or are you a turncoat? Many gays are animal advocates because we recognize that the same arrogance and indifference that some have toward animal suffering has at times been directed toward us personally because of our orientation. PETA has long participated in Pride events around the country, and just last week, we helped lead protests against Chick-fil-A. But by wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you’re making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian. As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose.
We await your reply.
Senior Vice President