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So check this out. We were just in the final stages of drafting this year's "Worst Dressed" list this week, when one of the contenders, Lindsay Lohan, was photographed wearing a faux-fur coat with a "no-fur" button pinned onto it. PETA's VP Dan Mathews—who has this uncanny ability to be everywhere at once—ran into her later that night at the World Music Awards, and she told him she had picked up the button (and a whole new outlook on fur) during a shopping spree at Topshop, which, as I mentioned earlier, has this whole huge anti-fur display in its window. Lindsay told Dan that she's "trying to weed the real fur from [her] wardrobe." Given that it's not exactly rocket science to figure out how to not wear fur, it seems like something she should be able to do pretty easily.
Yesterday morning, PETA UK showed up at Burberry's flagship store in London, chained themselves to the doors, and hung around until the cops showed up. The BBC picked up the story, which you can check out here, and there are plenty of pictures for everyone. Check it out.
More pics after the jump.
Pop singer Pink, who is currently my favorite person on the planet, went public with the information in a recent interview with the UK newspaper News of the World. Pink was understandably pissed off about the fact that Beyonce has animals violently killed so she can wear them around town. Here are some choice tidbits:
"I only hope she gets bit on the arse by whatever animal she wears. … People will think it's ok or cool, but it's not.""Some of the practices are so cruel and as a celebrity you have a responsibility to think about the message you're sending out by wearing fur."
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the video of our own recent attempt to reason with Beyonce on the subject. By an odd coincidence, we won a contest to have dinner with Beyonce and her mom, so we took the opportunity to have a little chat with them.
If you have ever had the experience of losing a $7,500 coat that Mariah Carey gave you, you will sympathize with how difficult this past week has been for us. As with so many things these days, the whole chain of events was started off by a wealthy Russian oligarch. A big fan of Mariah's work, he sent her a pair of ludicrously expensive fur coats in a misguided attempt to impress her. Mariah, understandably peeved about receiving dead animals in the mail from some sketchy Russian tycoon, immediately donated the coats to us.
So we did what any sensible person would do and shipped them off to, respectively, Los Angeles and Mongolia. The Los Angeles coat got there OK, and graffiti artist Marcus Suarez is going to be painting anti-fur slogans on the back of that coat so we can use it in protests. But the other coat—which was going to be given to homeless refugees along with hundreds of other cast-off furs—was lost by the brilliant folks over at UPS somewhere between here and Mongolia. Anyway, the happy ending is that UPS is giving us $7,500 for the coat, so Mariah's generosity won't be wasted, and we've got some devious-ass plans for ways to use the money to remind people (both Russian plutocrats and the general public) that fur is dead. So, yeah. Anyway, I thought that was pretty interesting.
You should check out our brand-new Burberry website. It's called BloodyBurberry.com. There was a dreadful, gut-wrenching moment a few months back when it looked like we were going to call the site Furberry.com, but clearer heads prevailed and we opted for alliteration instead of a rhyming pun—which is always the right decision if you're at all serious about animal rights (though we have to learn that lesson again and again).
Previous dangerous rhyming-pun situations in our history have included "Shameway," when we waged a successful campaign against Safeway to enforce stricter animal welfare standards despite hinging our entire slogan on a rhyme that some might say doesn't even work at all. This little glimpse into PETA's history aside, you should check out the new site—it's fantastic, and it'll make you want to avoid Bloody Burberry like the plague until they get their heads out of their asses and stop selling fur.
Yesterday was the greatest day of my life, thanks to a blocked field goal which allowed the heroic Washington Redskins to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the last second of the game. It is encouraging to see that, against all odds, good does sometimes triumph over evil.
Unfortunately, good quite often takes its sweet time to sink its teeth in and do some really earnest triumphing, while evil just sits on its fat ass and does as it pleases. In case it's not immediately obvious that I'm talking about Jennifer Lopez here, and the fact that she hasn't been jailed yet for her crimes against animals and fashion (not to mention her work in "Monster-in-Law"), check out what she wore at an award ceremony in New York this weekend:
Topshop, a hugely popular fashion retailer in the UK, just put together a beautiful window display in their flagship store in London, with a model wearing a teddy-bear coat, to remind people that wearing clothing made out of animals who have been tortured for their fur is as cruel as it is weird. Honestly, it's probably not a great idea to wear coats made out of teddy bears either, but for very different reason. Check it out. It's awesome.
Somebody liberated the stereo from my car last week, which meant spending half my Saturday trying to get through to someone at my insurance company. To help forestall any suicidal impulses created by the smooth jazz that State Farm has selected for its hold music, I spent some time coming up with “Onion” style headlines for fake articles I want to write. Let me know which one you like best and I’ll write an article to accompany it and post it tomorrow: KFC Execs Pleased With New Animal Welfare CommitteeOld one just too “ornery and contrarian” claims CEO. Ugly People in Fur Coats Still Ugly, New Report FindsDraping yourself in a dead animal does not make you prettier, according to a recent study by the Department of Urban Haberdashery (DUH). Area Jerk Belittles Vegetarian“I like animals, too … to eat!” local meathead Alan Brown told a vegetarian acquaintance Friday. Brown admits that he did not “think of the joke [himself].”That’s all I’ve been able to come up with so far: If you can think of some of your own, let me know, and I’ll post the best ones throughout the week.
As a connoisseur of haute couture, I love to see beautiful women on the catwalk at a fashion show. And as someone who cares about animals, I’ve always found it kind of sexy when they’re carrying huge signs that say “Fur Is Dead” and being dragged off that catwalk by security guards. During Fashion Week in Milan a couple of weeks ago, PETA took it back to the old school and gave the fur pushers over at Burberry a little heads-up about what’s in store for them if they continue to try and make their money by promoting torture. Seriously, I’m so proud of these girls. It is incredibly brave to do what they do. Check out the amazing pictures below.
There’s plenty more where that came from, so I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, for a sneak peak at Burberry’s putative winter line, including leghold traps, live skinning, and some fox bludgeoning, watch this. Then sign PETA’s pledge to never even think about wearing fur.
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