by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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The Olsen Twins are having a book signing tomorrow in NYC to celebrate the launch of their new coffee table book titled “Influence“. This odd, somewhat narcissistic picture-book, seeks to share the Olsen’s own pop culture influence and show us how they got to be so darn fashionable.

Of course, almost everyone outside the Olsen’s reality distortion field will tell you their fashion sense is, well, ‘interesting’. Ask PETA, and they’ll point you to their website ‘The Trollsen Twins‘ — which nails Ashley and Mary Kate on their use of fur and lack of compassion towards animals.

Using that theme — and just in time for Halloween — PETA is planning on holding a protest tomorrow during the book signing at the Barnes & Noble on 33 E. 17th St. at noon. Members of peta2 will wear scary “Trollsen Twins” masks and hold signs that show animals killed for fur next to the taglines “Hairy Kate and Trashley Olsen: Fur Tramps” and “Trollsens: Fur Hags From Hell”.

“From their ghoulish garb to their skeletal frames, every day is Halloween if you’re an Olsen twin,” says Dan Shannon, PETA’s assistant director of youth campaigns. “It’s frightening how out of touch Mary-Kate and Ashley are–no industry is more violent or bloody than the fur trade.”

Should be a good time. For more info on how you too can haunt the twins, jump on over to PETA’s media page here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Dillon

    WOW. Its so sad to see how far reality has distanced itself from those poor girls’ minds! And even though using those animals as coats is wrong, if the two even once managed to show an environmentally friendly label or brand on their person, they would be sending out the right message to so many people!

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    I’m interested to see how this will turn out in the media – hopefully in a way that brings attention to fur farming.

  • Marrissa

    Totally agree with you there, Dillion. Not to mention, it just plain looks BAD. Aren’t celebrates these days supposed to be obsessed with being skinny? “Yeah, I’m going to put on a big, lumpy, over sized coat of a slaughtered animal, that’ll make me look real good!”. If they would actually think what had to happen, the bloody, gruesome act that had to take place in order to make that fox-fur coat, or leather purse with rabbit tails, I really doubt they’d want to get it still. That is, if people like them are even capable of thinking, or even able to have the slightest bit of compassion. From what I’ve seen from them, they DON’T.
    Of course, almost everyone outside the

    “…..Olsen’s reality distortion field will tell you their fashion sense is, well, ‘interesting’….” What fashion sense?

  • fbr

    If PETA actually did something productive instead of wasting their time on these pointless websites and “demonstrations” someone might take them seriously. These stunts do nothing but brand animal rights activists as nut cases.

    I’ve read countless articles by PETA, but they cannot even make a comprehensive argument on why animals should have any rights. The case for human rights is easy to make, but it does not generalize to animals. PETA seem to be completely missing the other side of the equation, that is, what is gained from the use of animals for food, clothing, drug testing and so on. There are costs for vegetarian lifestyle as well, only it is not as visible as cute bunnies getting killed.

  • Stephanie

    I am on the fence about going to this. It is near my job, i can pop over on my lunch break, and in all my years protesting i actually never went to a PETA one cause i’m not a big fan of the silly stuntish type stuff when there is no chanting or anything like that….

    I just don’t know what to do?!

    It’s said that the media never comes to any other groups protests :( So they can see a group of serious AR activists.

  • VeggieTart

    fbr, you might well ask why people who aren’t white should have rights or why women should have rights. Don’t be speciesist.

  • fbr

    VeggieTart, I’m very much a “speciesist”. I can make arguments for human rights from many different grounds, however none of them apply to other species. What that has to do with non-white people or women I have no idea. Were you suggesting they are different species?

    I would love to hear arguments, from first principles, for why animals should have rights. I’ve been searching for one for a while but haven’t been able to find a good one, even though I suspect they do exist.

  • Stephanie

    I went, it was pretty uneventful and boring as for as protests go. It was really glorified leafleting. A lot of people actually did take literature and fliers, but no one really asked questions or talked about the fur trade like i normally see at demos. No chants, no shouting…not even and pictures of the animals….graphic or otherwise….bleh.

    I wish the media would cover a REAL protest XD

    But I went and tried.

  • VeggieTart

    fbr, tell me why they shouldn’t have rights.

  • fbr

    VeggieTart, the burden of proof is clearly on the side claiming that animals should have some specific rights.

  • michael

    To me, the underlying common denominator is that animals should be treated with compassion. The world will not give up fur tomorrow, McDonald’s won’t replace meat with veggie burgers — but the basic first step towards our relationship with our use of animals should be based on compassion. Currently, that form of respect is lacking in so many industries; like the fur trade.

    To me, every animal has a right to a life free of pain and suffering. But that also comes from my belief that all things have a soul. Almost all experience emotion — and while they cannot express it through voice — display fear or joy in other discerning ways.

    To not show respect towards other living creatures, for me, means we are a species lacking compassion beyond our own.

  • fbr

    Arguments for compassion towards animals are quite popular. However, they are problematic:

    First, it does not cover the whole position of many animal rights activists: A hunter who is a skilled marksman can kill an animal in a fraction of a second with no suffering and thus the compassion argument is not applicable. Yet most animal rights activists are against hunting.

    Second, it’s not clear that the nature of suffering in animals is the same as the suffering in humans. Many people instinctively interpret some behaviors of animals as signs of “joy” or “pain” and then assume that the animals are going through the same experience as a human would while feeling joy or pain. This might very well be a false interpretation: I’ve personally experienced a false sense of intuitive compassion towards a robot designed to show signs of distress.

    Third, while it might be nice to live in a utopia where no animal or human would ever suffer, such a pursuit is not realistic. Chasing a utopia can even be very damaging. Instead one must always consider the gain from the suffering or discomfort. Not accepting any is not realistic. Even a vegetarian diet has a cost in terms of causing pain and discomfort to both humans and animals – only it is harder to capture on camera than a chicken farm.

    Finally the argument that every living thing has a soul basically boils down to a religious belief. It is not really surprising considering the religious fervor and refusal to consider, or compose, rational arguments that many animal rights activists exhibit. Everyone is of course entitled to such beliefs, but they do not make good arguments and should not be used as a basis for, e.g., public policy.

  • michael

    Good comments, fbr. I guess the question boils down to why we as a species cannot treat others with respect. We all have live in the natural cycle of life and death, but that doesn’t mean that compassion can’t be a part of it.

    Suffering will always exist — the pursuit of a Utopian society is silly — but in my opinion that should not discount trying to make the world a better place for all of those on it.

  • Oversneer

    I thought the best part of the book release was when the anti-fur PETA protesters showed up, and one of them was wearing a fur-trimmed coat.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  • justme

    i just don’t understand how this is helping those animals.

    aren’t you kind of contradicting yourself, trying to save animals thus by bashing on people.
    you’re hurting people.
    you’re hurting peoples pride and dignity and you could even possibly be ruining jobs.

    its really ridiculous.

  • Scooterlady

    “You’re hurting people. You’re hurting peoples pride and dignity and you could even possibly be ruining jobs.”

    How do you compare pride, dignity, jobs to LIVING CREATURES????

    PETA may be crazy at times, but at the same time, I agree w/them going after ppl wearing furs.

    I saw various “cruelty to animals” videos and I don’t understand how someone wld wear a fur.

    Every little action re: animal rights is a step in the right direction.

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