Fur Flies: PETA Accuses Olson Twins Of Marketing Fur Backpack For “Shock Value”

For years, some of us who support the general mission of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have criticized the organization for bizarre publicity grabbing moves from women making love to Pamela Anderson butcher posters to using a robotic groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to bizarre taunting Thanksgiving messages. It was therefore a bit surprising to see PETA denouncing the Olson twins — Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen — for using animal pelts to create their latest backpack. PETA objected that “[w]hat the Olsons lack in creativity, they try to make up for in shock value.” I would have thought the $17,000 for the world’s ugliest backpack would have been enough to deter sales.

The official PETA statement reads like a Valley Girl dishing on the twins in the hallway of some local middle school: “If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin — or someone wearing one of their new totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals.”

I do not like fur coats and accessories, let alone teenage celebrity design advice. However, once again, PETA might have been better off with a modicum of restraint. I have no problem with denouncing the use of fur in the items but the mockery over seeking “shock value” reads like Madonna denouncing Lady Gaga for exhibitionism.

Source: NY Daily News

14 thoughts on “Fur Flies: PETA Accuses Olson Twins Of Marketing Fur Backpack For “Shock Value””

  1. PETA and other animal rights groups have successfully galvanized public opposition against celebrities who wear fur, helping to turn the practice into an ethical and fashion taboo. Now the largest animal rights organization in the world has turned its attention to celebrities who endorse the consumption of animal products.:

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  3. Exactly Cheryl. they have the worst record of all of dog euthanasia. And they have some radicals in the group who want to end all pet ownership, all of them. They also do not understand true animal husbandry and think domestic horses are better off in the wild (they only live 6 years on average, most die from internal parasites). Some want to try and turn dogs into vegetarians.

    They are wacky, but if you have a neighbor who is abusing an animal within the law (like not providing shade for horses in Az. where there is no such requirement) they are great, they will shame a animal owner to improve conditions…..People will comply to end animal abuse to get them off their backs, haha

  4. If it was any “real” animal welfare group, I’d stand with them. PETA is just another hypocritical, money machine. The are the Kardashians and Hiltons of the animal welfare world – it’s all about celebrity and getting their name in the news. They don’t care a whit about animal welfare. If they did, they would not be murdering adoptable pets by the hundreds at their “shelters”.

  5. Maybe the less able a creature (of any kind) is to speak for itself about the cruelty it faces the more loud and militant those that would speak on their behalf should be.

    It isn’t as if all that diplomacy and nice-nice has had much effect on stopping the Japanese from eating whales, or curbing the Chinese practice of using dog and cat fur on those cheap coats and jackets they flood the American market with. Even under the best, most rigorously adhered to standards for the industrial farming of food animals, they live horrible lives the major virtue of which (for the animal) is that they are short.

    The only thing wrong with the Thanksgiving ad was that it was true- can’t have that on TV, can’t upset the food lobby after all. PETA’s job is to upset people and get publicity for its point of view. They are agitators. PETA is over the top and attention grabbing and a nice, restrained, very diplomatic message regarding the the Otwins wouldn’t have received any attention whatsoever. PETA did what it does and what works.

  6. Anonymously Yours 1, July 2, 2012 at 8:07 am


    Only if you intend to wok the dog…..
    Yep, it is just too cruel to wok the dog before beating it to death.

    Or perhaps make a helicopter out of it like that one dood did to his cat.

    People are so creative. 😉

  7. Id707,

    You can, but first you need to go to the circus or disneyland and get the stiffened leash…… Then you’ll have a puppette……

  8. Next thing you know, these PETA people are going to want us to stop beating our dogs to death.

  9. PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals……

    Who’d thought that something would be marketed for shock value……. I am aghast……. Maybe, just maybe we won’t have any political ads this year……

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