How do celebrities aligned with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals deal with inner conflict? How do they silence the little common-sense voice in their heads that says it’s okay to eat meat and wear leather? Easy. They do whatever they want and scold the rest of us for not toeing the radical PETA line. Behold, singer and PETA supporter Pink’s unbending animal rights principles: “I have very conflicted views on everything. I’m a proud member of PETA and I got leather boots on my feet, you know what I’m saying?”
This is the same PETA nut who scolded the editor of Vogue for promoting fur. And Pink’s hardly alone in the PETA-hypocrite category. In her movie “Barb Wire,” PETA pin-up girl Pamela Anderson bounced from scene to scene in a head-to-toe leather jumpsuit. Australian model and new PETA ad queen Sarah Jane is definitely no herbivore — her favorite foods include “raw meat,” lamb kidney, lamb curry and “hagas.”
Over the years, PETA has enlisted the aid of countless celebrities to lend Tinsel town glitz to its anti-human crusade. Richard Pryor, Bea Arthur, and Chrissie Hynde come to mind. Some of these stars, of course, cavort with the PETA crowd one day and sport an AIDS ribbon the next — conveniently forgetting the group’s opposition to research using animals “even if it resulted in a cure for AIDS.” PETA even encourages people to boycott medical charities like the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (Race for the Cure), and Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children.
Memo to Hollywood’s spotlight seekers: Unless you’re prepared to endorse PETA’s goal of “total animal liberation,” don’t waste your time — or ours.