A recent furry outing by Vogue covergirl Lady Gaga has predictably sent PETA into a tizzy. Gaga, who once wore a dress made out of meat, left a hotel in Bulgaria on Sunday wearing a fur coat and carrying a fluffy puppy (pics here). In an apparent response to those wondering if her coat was real fur, she tweeted,
For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don't forget to credit the designer HERMES. Thank You! LOVE, gaga.
Hermes = not fake.
In addition to the (ironic?) puppy-holding, PETA had a few issues with Gaga's decision to wear a very big, very fur coat, which PETA VP Dan Matthews verbalized in an open letter. First, was the fact that Gaga once told Ellen Degeneres that she hates fur and does not wear it--a valid point, in our books.
The second issue, which we're less clear on, asserted that her gay fans--the gay ones, specifically--are animal rights advocates and that wearing fur was somehow an affront to them. Matthews begins his letter, "Many of your gay fans, I among them..." and asks,
Are your stylists telling you that it's fake, or are you a turncoat? Many gays are animal advocates because we recognize that the same arrogance and indifference that some have toward animal suffering has at times been directed toward us personally because of our orientation.
Gaga has always embraced her gay fan base and has been an outspoken proponent of gay rights--but does being gay, or supporting gay rights, really mean you have to be an animal rights advocate too? PETA seems to be insinuating so. A recent campaign from the animal rights group starring Marc Jacobs' ex Austin Armacost, which we wrote about recently, is meant to specifically target gays in the fashion industry. A rep from PETA told us,
As a gay model, Austin has always been alarmed that some otherwise progressive people in the international gay fashion pack (including Austin’s ex, Marc Jacobs) disregard the animals who are skinned alive for coats, collars, or cuffs.
While we don't condone Gaga's hypocrisy in saying she doesn't wear fur, and then wearing it; we're not sure about PETA's argument that gayness needs to come into that decision-making process.
What do you think? Did Gaga betray her gays by wearing fur?