NeNe Leakes’ Pro-Fur Lyrics Prompt PETA Present

'Real Housewives' Star Gets a Beautiful Faux-Fur Coat—and a Plea to Donate Animal Furs to PETA

For Immediate Release:
April 13, 2020

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Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los AngelesNeNe Leakes‘ new single, “Come and Get This, Hunni,” includes lyrics about PETA and dropping a “mink to the floor”—so the group sent The Real Housewives of Atlanta star a luxurious faux-fur coat from Unreal Fur today, along with a note urging her to go fur-free.

“Leakes would drop fur to the floor forever if she saw how minks and other animals are shot, beaten, electrocuted, and even skinned alive in the cruel fur industry,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is urging her to join the ranks of Anjelica Huston, Mariah Carey, Kim Cattrall, and other kind celebrities and send us her animal furs so that we can give them to people in homeless shelters or refugee camps—the only ones who have any excuse to wear them.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. More information about the fur industry is available here, and more information about PETA’s fur donation program can be found here.

PETA’s letter to Leakes follows.

Dear NeNe,

Congratulations on your song release! It didn’t escape us that PETA is referenced in the lyrics, so now we’re giving you a shout-out—and asking you to consider supporting our efforts to end all violence by dropping your mink to the floor forever.

Each year, millions of animals around the world—including dogs and cats—are shot, beaten, gassed, electrocuted, and even skinned alive for fashion. And the chemicals used to keep this dead skin from rotting take a toll on humans and the environment as well. Fortunately, the tide is turning and hundreds of top designers and retailers—including Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, and Giorgio Armani—have banned fur, while others have developed luxurious, cruelty-free options, making it easier than ever to be both stylish and kind.

That’s why we’re sending you a gorgeous faux fur from our friends at Unreal Fur that we hope you’ll wear instead. If you have any real furs in your closet, we’d be happy to take them off your hands and make sure that they get to those truly in need at homeless shelters in the U.S. or in refugee camps in Afghanistan, Mongolia, or Syria.

If you wear the crown, don’t you want to rule fairly and compassionately? Please be a hunni to animals—they need a #bossbitch like you on their side to help end the cruel fur industry.

Sincerely,

Rachel Stotts

Celebrity Relations Manager

PETA

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