I'm sure by now you've all seen, or at least heard about, Lindsay Lohan being floured by a PETA supporter outside of an event in Paris the other night.
I'm not going to really argue the points of fur or leather as ethical or not. I think it's up to an individual to decide if something is right for their life or not. As horrific as the fur trade is if I could afford it I'd probably wear it (although I'd try to find vintage fur first.) I wear leather and I eat meat. If that makes me a bad person then...
Anyway, Lindsay was wearing a lovely black fur vest to an event she was hosting in Paris and a tiny French woman yelled, "Lindsay!" and then poured flour all over her. Lindsay ran and then security strong armed the woman away while paparazzi asked her why she did that she responded, "Because she wore fur! FUR HAG!" before running away looking like an idiot.
Check out the video from X17:
My problem with PETA isn't that they want animals to be treated ethically. I want animals to be treated well too! It's that they use the majority of their $32 million a year to create high-profile ad campaigns attacking celebrities, designers, chefs and the average American including a campaign targeted at very young children entitled "YOUR MOMMY KILLS ANIMALS!" . They frequently donate money to convicted arsonists as well as to ELF and ALF two organizations that are on the FBI's domestic terrorist group list. But the worst part is that they could have used this income (the majority of which was donated by people thinking it would be used to actually help animals) to find homes for the 22,896 healthy, adoptable pets their HQ shelter received in the past ten years rather than euthanizing 19,215 of them. Yes, PETA's own shelter kills the majority of the animals it takes in. And actually uses a walk-in freezer to keep the bodies until they can be picked up by the crematorium.
"In 2000, when the Associated Press first noted PETA's Kervorkian-esque tendencies, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk complained that actually taking care of animals costs more than killing them. "We could become a no-kill shelter immediately," she admitted."
Ingrid Newkirk also maintains that PETA is for total animal liberation and for animal liberation to really occur besides ending the fur trade, banning leather, and turning everyone vegan one of the goals is to end pet ownership. I guess it's more ethical to euthanize a healthy animal than to give them a good home. Isn't that just a bit hypocritical?
Rather than harassing designers, celebrities and chefs who don't have their beliefs how about embracing and celebrating those who do? Actually save animals at risk! I understand and appreciate the passion of the people who protest events and of course I think they should be able to continue to do so but what is that saying? You'll kill more bees with honey? If Samantha Ronson's Myspace rant shows anything its that Lindsay being attacked hasn't made her want to convert to faux fur and soy burgers.