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Rihanna was recently seen stepping out in to a party in London sporting a particularly “comfy” outfit. I say “comfy” because she’s usually a little more dressed up, but this time she was sporting boots, a skirt, and a sweatshirt. Sounds okay, right? Wrong. Rihanna’s outfit drawn criticism from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) because her thigh-high snakeskin boots are believed to be made from real reptile skin.
The star also had on a leather skirt, so the entire ensemble outraged PETA activists. The organization released harsh statements, calling her a “freak” and “callous.” An excerpt from one of their releases read, "Wearing reptile skin is creepy and callous, and it makes her look even more out of touch. She ad Lady Gaga seem so desperate to be freaks instead of recognized for their talents that you have to wonder if they realize that they are being laughed at."
As you can see, the statement also took aim at another pop star, Lady Gaga. The pop singer was slammed by PETA for wearing two fur coats twice in one week, one of which Gaga hinted may have been real. And these two pop stars aren’t the only ones. Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and other celebrities have been attacked by PETA for their clothing choices.
PETA went on to throw a low blow at Rihanna, referencing her recent interview with Oprah. The star broke down during the show and began crying as she talked about her relationship with Chris Brown and why she still loves him. "Rihanna may not have a clue that snakes killed for boots are often nailed to a tree and skinned alive. Of course, they can't go on Oprah to cry about it."
For all that PETA has attacked Rihanna, they did praise her at one point. The PETA website featured a video in which Rihanna is signing something for a fan when the woman asks if she would consider going “fur free.” Rihanna answered, “I will.” She didn’t say anything else, and I suppose it’s because she was so strapped for time, but obviously she’s back on PETA’s blacklist again.
Does PETA go too far? What do you think? Are you opposed to celebrities (or anyone) wearing fur and skins?
Have a great Labor Day weekend!