Lady Gaga Attacked by PETA for Wearing Fur, Fires Back
Lady Gaga has been photographed in a slew of designer fur coats in recent weeks, and PETA is not pleased. The animal rights activist group issued a "Dear Gaga" letter to the pop star on Monday, urging her to stop the recent fur frenzy.
In the letter, PETA's senior vice president Dan Mathews referenced Gaga's 2009 conversation with Ellen Degeneres, in which she said, "I hate fur and I don't wear fur," and asked her what has happened since then. "Recent photos… make it appear that you have amnesia," he wrote, including links to photos of Gaga in a taupe coat by Michael Kors, a hot-pink jacket by Giorgio Armani -- which is made of rabbit fur, representatives for the company confirmed to Billboard.com -- and the poster for her upcoming "Machete Kills" film, in which she dons a wolf stole.
Mathews added, "By wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you're making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian."
Gaga took to Twitter soon after the letter was posted, writing, "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."
The pop star has had run-ins with PETA before, when she took the stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in her now-famous "meat dress." At the time, the organization wrote on its website, "Wearing a dress made out of cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people who are upset by butchery than who are impressed by it."
PETA seems to have forgiven Gaga since then -- perhaps because she explained that the dress was a political statement in support of gay rights and female empowerment -- but according to the letter Mathews issued on the site Monday, the company is now waiting for an explanation as to why the "Born This Way" star has recently started wearing fur.