• Fri, Sep 2 2011

PETA Selects Rihanna As Latest Target, Compares Wearing Feathers To Domestic Violence

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.


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  • Kat

    Human or non-human, violence is violence and pain is pain. Go Peta.

  • Eileen

    Have you heard about PETA’s new porn site? It’s porn interspersed with animal abuse. I still think that PETA is a disgrace to people who actually care more about animals than about treating women like crap.

    http://bigthink.com/ideas/39847

  • sara

    I love animals. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 10 years old. I volunteer regularly at an animal shelter. I don’t wear fur or leather, etc. etc.

    And I fucking hate PETA. They are the most vile organization. Congratulations PETA, you continue to set back the progress of animal rights in favor of sensationalism and negative attention. And you exploit women at every turn.

    Many kudos for managing to make a widely supported idea (humane treatment of animals) into something completely unpalatable for the general public..you know, the people that actually need to be reached.

    • BeccaTheCyborg

      Cosigned. I was disgusted with Peta’s sexist, racist, classist, transphobic and fatphobic bullshit before I went veg, but they’ve pissed me off even more since I joined Team Herbivore. They do set back legit animal welfare efforts.

  • Connie Andrews

    The point is being missed here. This isn’t about what organization is offends you. I am offended by the ostrich feather dress and I’m not a member of PETA. I’m an individual who believes that killing animals for vanity is an inhumane practice. The cruelty is unnecessary. We don’t need to wear animal parts to stay warm. It’s that simple. There is no reason to kill an animal to wear them – not since we started living in houses instead of caves. PETA has their way of drawing attention to the issue. After all whether you agree or not – you are still having the conversation and so what. It’s the pain the animals suffer that matters, not some girl singer launching a line of products, not your opinion of nor the antics of an organization trying to draw attention to the issues. Animals are dying – the rest is just blather.

  • Rita Hoffman

    I’m not a Peta member nor an animal rightist – but really – “Ostriches are “assholes.” Have you ever met one, personally that is? Do you have any idea what you are taking about. Ostriches are the fastest land animal – outrunning Cheetahs in long distance chases. They will defend their chicks and have been known to kill lions. They are so adaptable they can be raised anywhere from Alaska to equatorial Africa. They are one of the last large flightless birds left in the world and have been associated with humans for thousands of years. Yes, they can disembowel a human on one try if threatened, but it’s very rare. Peta isn’t the problem – it’s people who sound profanely ignorant by swearing about animals.

    • Joanna Arcieri

      Emus are also huge dicks.

    • Jennifer Wright

      Rita, I think it is you who are the ignorant one. I have personally seen the kind of asshole behavior ostriches display, always wearing Ed Hardy t-shirts and anklets and screaming about “nailing lady-ostriches in the pooper” outisde your window until all hours. Ostriches. I mean, I guess they make choices. I don’t know what more to say.

  • Cassieleigh

    The people of PETA must have no soul. Oh wait, I know! They transferred their souls to animals – that’s why they’re such vipers.

  • joan

    What’s this PETA talking about, riri wearing an Ostrisch’s feathers??? What Ostrisch died, from where?? You better know your facts, or riri will sue your ass*s #RihannaNavy

  • Naomi

    PETA is one of the most deceptively subversive and hypocritical “charitable” organizations in the world, as far as I’m concerned. They’re so utterly consumed with their own rabid zealotry that logic and genuine compassion get tossed out of the window entirely.

  • Jessica

    This article is stupid. This is Peta’s JOB!!! Whether ostriches are “assholes” or not is irrelevant. They are living creatures who absolutely don’t deserve to be in pain for fashion.

  • miinxi

    High five to PETA for consistently standing up for animal rights and pointing out that its not EVER worth the animal suffering for fashion. What if it came into fashion to wear baby skin? would we skin babies alive for it? obviously this is extreme, but this is what is happening to foxes? whats the difference? a baby cant talk, neither can an animal, a baby needs protection and someone to stand up for its rights, so does an animal and a baby feels pain, just like an animal.

  • Shannon

    Omg ostriches are EVIL!!! Emu’s are to. One time when I was like 6 or 7 my mother took me to a farm out in the country to help me see what life is like outside the city limit and I swear the thing had it out for me…