by stephanie
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After appearing in an ad for Italian company Tod’s this summer wearing a fur stole, many wondered how Gwyneth Paltrow reconciled wearing a dead animal with her eco-friendly, pro-vegetarian views. The actress, who’s a good friend of vocal animal rights activist and designer Stella McCartney, was reprimanded by PETA for seemingly supporting fur.

Back in August, PETA said,

“Gwyneth Paltrow won’t be the apple of her daughter’s eye if she continues to flaunt fur.It’s a terrible example to set for a young child, promoting an industry that electrocutes animals, snaps their necks and skins them alive.”

PETA caught up with Gwyneth this weekend in Miami and asked her what the deal was with the fur stole, and she responded:

“That was awkward, and I’m glad you asked, because I do not wear fur at all. It was a daylong photo shoot on a boat near Capri, and there were all sorts of poses with all kinds of clothes—none with fur. During one set-up, a stylist came up from behind and draped a stole around my shoulders. I didn’t pay much attention to it, and when I noticed it was fur I assumed it was fake fur but did not ask, so it’s my fault. I was very surprised when they ended up using that one shot out of hundreds for the centerpiece of the Tod’s ads. I know it’s not a great excuse, but I hope you and your members understand.”

Gwyneth also said that she and her husband are pretty much vegetarian, and that she knows a vegetarian diet is the best thing for her family’s health as well as for animals and the environment. PETA hopes that someday she’ll take part in their ‘Meat’s Not Green’ campaign.

In the meantime, let’s hope she pays more attention to suspiciously-furry-feeling garments that she’s being clothed in at photo shoots.

  • Jen Hamilton

    I don’t buy her excuse. It’s disappointing but her decisions are her own.

  • VeggieTart

    Judging by the photo, it doesn’t look like someone sneaked that over her shoulders. I suppose someone could have told her it’s faux and been lying, but I don’t believe someone came up and slipped that behind her.

  • http://BrainyBlonde.com erin

    Looks like she pulled a Kate Winslet.

    It’s apparently becoming rather convenient for these ladies to use the fake fur excuse..

    I never wore fur in a shoot and had to refuse it many times as did many other models I knew. They might not have been as famous as Ms. Winslet or Paltrow but they had the balls to say no.

  • Jen Hamilton

    I agree with Erin and Veggietart. It is a matter of principal and being strong enough to stand up for what you believe in.

  • Rachelle

    Given her and her hubby’s lifestyle, I believe she did think it was faux fur. And I also think it was gracious of her to apologize when she didn’t have to. She seemed almost relieved to clear the air regarding the situation and that shows to me a degree of earnestness. I bet she will NOT make the same mistake again.

  • http://www.hippyshopper.com Abi

    “Pretty much vegetarian”? What does that even mean? And I agree with Veggietart that it really doesn’t look like she was unaware of what was draped round her shoulders in that shot.

    Nope, I’m not softening to her, I’m afraid!

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  • TGL

    She isn’t a vegetarian – her Spain PBS show pretty much confirms that. She eats mussels, fish, and chicken/duck throughout the show’s airings. I don’t care one way or the other, but she isn’t a vegetarian simply because she doesn’t eat 4 legged creatures.

  • steph

    Yeah…i think it’s a bit weak and that all these supposedly anti-fur people are just ASSUMING it’s fake.

    If it was me, i would proly reject it FAKE or REAL…but i would be inspecting the HELL out of it if i wore it….and i would have responded A LOT FASTER!!!!

  • http://www.ecorazzi.com michael

    It’s kind of interesting that this happened back in August and she’s only speaking out about it now. I mean, this story of her being reprimanded by PETA and the ad campaign were all over the place. It’s not like she could not have known about the uproar. Wouldn’t a publicist seek to respond a bit faster?

  • http://BrainyBlonde.com erin

    I was thinking the same thing Michael. I’m wondering if they cornered here and she was forced to answer.. Probably.

    Also TGL; I saw through that show and her Goop site (pathetic) that she eats duck and lots of it. Most ducks bred in captivity never see the light of day and are kept in pretty awful conditions before they’re killed (not to mention the whole Foi Grais thing) One of the worst meats to eat (though I admit when I ate meat it was probably one of the few meats I did like… ;)

    Poor lil duckies

    and either someone is vegetarian or they’re not. If someone wants to eat meat once a week that’s they’re business (a lot better than some) but they are not a vegetarian.

  • http://brazilnut-nyc.blogspot.com Andrea N.

    Lame-lame-lame excuse….

  • http://BrainyBlonde.com erin

    Ok guys this might be worth a story in and of itself (happy to forward the actual email to anyone wants to see it. But I signed up for Paltrow’s newsletter of her new pretentious snob bitch site “GOOP” and just got this email minutes ago. About how to prepare a dead bird for Thanksgiving which is a MUST in her house on Thanksgiving. Almost Vegetarian my ass! I cannot stand hypocrites. I swear – Elizabeth Hurley (who wore the fur above) is awful but at least she’s not a hypocrite. Paltrow is disgusting.

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. I love when everyone comes together and celebrates the idea of gratitude, something we all mean to do every day, but seem to lose sight of most of the time. I also love the cooking – the days of planning and chopping and basting. This year, I decided to work out three variations on the traditional meal: a big group, a small gathering and a cozy dinner for two.

    Turkey will always be the main event of Thanksgiving (at least in my house) and a whole turkey is the way to go if you’re feeding at least 12. But if your party is smaller, the stuffed turkey breast turns out to be a great halfway point. Brining it overnight insures that you don’t need to baste it and it has a quick cooking time. Why should things be any less festive if dinner is just for two? I came up with these stuffed turkey burgers which were a giant hit in my house. They are the perfect solution for anyone who isn’t feeding a big group (or for a big group that wants to try something different!).

    Mostly, make sure that no matter what type of meal you are having, you take a moment to think about how much you do have (health, love, friendship, passion, perspective, appreciation, intellect, reason, kindness) and reflect on how you can share more of it with others.

    Gwyneth Paltrow

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  • steph

    omg….at this turkey thing.

    And i agree on some level, Liz Hurley is a B*tch supreme…but at least everyone KNOWS it.

    This new turkey news def deserves it’s own attention!!

  • steph
  • http://BrainyBlonde.com erin

    Thanks Stephanie,

    I hadn’t even seen that on Huffington… I just had the email I received that I copy/pasted.

    I think it’d be great if ER broke the story about her hypocrisy as Huffington didn’t do so in their piece… ;)

    Almost vegetarian… I still laugh at that.

  • steph

    It’s “pretty much” vegetarian.

    Like I’m “pretty much” a millionaire :P At least by her standards.

  • steph

    Well you know, I can understand this turkey thing….

    Maybe she just ASSUMED it was fake XD Someone just tossed it in the oven…you know?

    (i just thought of that and HAD to post it! I’ll stop now…)

  • http://BrainyBlonde.com erin

    Steph – thanks for the late night laugh. HIGHlarious!
    OMG I wish someone could say that to her face. Actually that is great. Should add to the article Michael just posted… LOL. It’s one of those jokes that just gets funnier the more I think about it ;)

    And why didn’t *I* think of that!!?? Excellent.

    Yes you’re right “Pretty much” vegetarian is what she said which is really much worse than almost vegetarian (I think so anyway- Almost means you probably eat *some* meat I’d reckon… but pretty much anything pretty much means you are.

    She’s a liar and a hypocrite. I love uniting with all my anti Paltrow People!!!!

    XO E

  • Natasha

    That is a pretty lame excuse. Hopefully it won’t happen again.

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  • MEAT EATER

    YEAH EVERYONE THAT POSTS COMMENTS ON HERE PROBABLY OWNS A PET. WHETHER ITS A CUTE DOG OR A FUZZY CAT. PETA DOESN’T WANT YOU TO DO THAT EITHER. I EAT MEAT AND OWN ANIMALS IF I COULD I WOULD WEAR FUR EVERYDAY. MHMMMM MEAT IS SO DELICIOUS YOU GUYS ARE MISSING OUT. THE CUTER THEY ARE THE BETTER THEY TASTE. YOU GUYS WILL NEVER WIN. LIKE PEOPLE WILL EVER STOP EATING MEAT BECAUSE YOU PEOPLE HATE YOURSELVES. SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY NO ONE CARES. HUMANS DIDN’T EVOLVE CANINE TEETH FOR MUNCHING ON RABBIT FOOD. ITS JUST SCIENCE. I HOPE THIS UPSET EVERYONE WHO READ IT. “BECAUSE OF FRED BEAR I’LL WALK DOWN THESE TRAILS AGAIN TAKE ME BACK WHERE I BELONG”.

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  • claire

    haha! i love how everyone just completely ignored ‘MEAT EATER’
    i bet he/ she feels cool now… :]

  • Vibhor Sharma Kaushal

    If she would have said “that’s not me in the picture”; this would have been a better excuse!