By Lacy Hansen for Diets In Review
If anyone is publicly found to be a hypocrite, they better prepare for some serious backlash. We are not the forgiving type in this country, apparently.
“Glee” actress Lea Michele is getting a dose of this medicine currently. According to The Examiner, the TV star recently signed a deal with L’Oreal cosmetics and has received an earful for the decision. Michele is a longtime vegetarian and animal rights activist and even went vegan recently. However, her $1 million deal with L’Oreal finds her in contract with a company that tests its products on animals.
Animal rights groups are outraged at the star’s decision. Michele has previously been a shining star for animal rights. In 201o she participated in a PETA public service announcement, and in 2011 she protested the carriage horse industry in New York City. Michele wrote Mayor Bloomberg after a horse died on the streets of New York from exhaustion.
So, understandably Michele’s latest move is seen as hypocritical. L’Oreal, like other cosmetic companies, are continuing their practice of animal testing in order to be in the Chinese market. The Chinese cosmetic market is very profitable, yet they require animal product testing before the items can be sold.
Reports state that animals such as rabbits have products dripped in their eyes in order to see if painful reactions occur. Many times, rashes and painful sores result from these tests. However, even former cruelty-free companies are returning to this form of testing just to get in the Chinese market. There’s money to be made, and many companies are seeing animal testing as an acceptable bridge to get to that money.
As for Michele, there’s no word of her changing her agreement at the moment. As she stated in a press release, she’s pleased to get recognition from the beauty industry. She’s reported many times how her atypical look has made it hard to break into Hollywood. She’s been told to get a nose job many times, or simply told she wasn’t pretty enough for acting. On this side of the coin, the cosmetic contract seems like a major victory. If only it were with a company who supported true beauty and cruelty-free testing, she’d be sitting really pretty right now.