By Brook Bolen, Ecorazzi
She refers to her fans as “little monsters,” but after repeatedly wearing fur following her public denouncement of it, the term may be applicable to the superstar herself.
Always controversial, Lady Gaga has been spotted recently wearing fur, drawing ire from PETA and animal-loving fans alike. Many assumed the furs were real and some assumed the pelts were faux. Rather than clarify when asked about the furs, the singer defiantly responded, “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!” Her callous response prompted PETA to suggest that a flour-bombing, a la Kim Kardashian, was in her future.
Gaga has finally addressed the controversy, which she dubs ‘Furgate,’ on her website, writing, “To the fans. I want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life… I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for any cause. Particularly one that I respect. Animal Rights.”
“I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical (hypocritical) not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, ‘kermit’ and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan. I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially I [sic] have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won’t bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat.”
“I have no chains about this. You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance. But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this, it’s a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine.”
She ended with, “And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous.”
For a woman devoted to social justice and philanthropy, Gaga’s views on fur are shockingly archaic–almost as much so as wearing the skins of innocent, tortured animals in the name of “fashion.”
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