Shockingly, there were actually people who were not super into the Beyonce Super Bowl Spectacular: PETA. The now-infamous black bodysuit she wore Sunday night created by designer Ruben Singer is causing waves among the animal rights community, particularly because of how incredibly well-loved the performance was and how many people were instantly obsessed with that wild outfit she wore. The bodysuit was created from python and iguana skin and leather.
According to a PETA spokesman:
“We would take a bet that if Beyonce watched our video exposes, she’d probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits or other animals who died painfully. Today’s fashions are trending toward humane vegan options, and Beyonce’s Super Bowl outfit missed the mark on that score.”
This controversy also comes after Beyonce’s mink coat, worn to President Obama’s Inauguration a couple weeks ago, was criticized (albeit not nearly as much as her lip syncing… I’m pretty sure there are deep water whales who are sick of hearing about SyncGate).
While I am not an expert on animal rights or the animal skin trade, I do think that celebrities hold a bit of a responsibility to not wear things almost invariably created in horribly painful ways for the animal, as more people will wind up purchasing those items. Plus, famous rich people are generally more able to obtain luxury products that look incredibly similar to those textures that are from animal skins but are artificially created, rather than resulting from fur fars and whatnot. Obviously, though, it is an individual decision; I suppose I just mentally hold celebrities to certain standards even when I probably shouldn’t.
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