Remember when Rihanna launched her fragrance in London and wore that regrettable cyan feather number? Turns out it was made of ostrich feathers. Guess who got offended: PETA spokeswoman Sandra Smiley said…
“Rihanna is flaunting stolen property, in this case feathers possibly plucked right off their rightful owners’ backs. She has shown little regard for foxes, cows and reptiles, now she’s adding birds to the list of species exploited for her dubious looks. Feathers are often ripped off chickens, geese, ostriches and emus in live plucking. This can result in gaping wounds that are sewn up with a needle and thread without anaesthetic. We keep hoping that Rihanna, a victim of violence herself, will learn to open her heart and start empathizing with the suffering of others. That includes the animals who are beaten, gassed, electrocuted and poisoned to be turned into fashion accessories.”
Holy fuck, PETA. I mean, sure, this isn’t as tasteless as comparing the Holocaust to the treatment of chickens at commercial farms (which is ghastly / NOT COMPARABLE TO THE HOLOCAUST), but don’t appropriate Chris Brown’s violent assault of Rihanna as a platform to talk about plucking feathers out of birds.
Also. Have you ever met an ostrich? They’re fucking assholes.