peta_van, michelle obama, oprah, tyra banks, carrie underwood

If you happen to see a larger than life Michelle Obama cruise past you on the streets of Washington, D.C. — joined by Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood and Tyra Banks — you’ve just seen PETA’s new anti-fur van. If you happen to be wearing fur, we imagine they throw you in the back and force you to watch videos of animals being skinned. That, or Mariah Carey’s Glitter. In slow motion.

Along with the van, PETA has launched a poster featuring the ladies that are appearing in metro stations around the capital city. “Being fur-free is fabulous because an important part of what you wear is showing that you care,” says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews. “By rejecting fur, these style icons demonstrate to the world that fur is old-fashioned and cruel.”

Of course, the White House is a little less than happy that the ads feature the First Lady — specifically because they did not seek her permission to appear in the campaign. Of course, as Ingrid Newkirk pointed out, her organization wouldn’t have sought Mrs. Obama’s consent for the anti-fur ad because it knows that she can’t make such an endorsement.

$10 says Ms. Obama is cool with it anyways.


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  • hil

    I;m sure she’s happy to be a part of the campaign, but they still should have asked…she is in a delicate position after all!

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  • Ivan

    This was just wrong. Regardless of the fact that Mrs. Obama is against fur, using her image is…well, just wrong. Why couldn’t they simply ask her? PETA is important, but should realize it’s self-righteous attitude sometimes, and assuming Michelle would approve of the sign doesn’t mean she agreed for her picture to be used in this tawdry fashion. The others are celebrities. She is the wife of our President, an elegant First Lady!

  • VeggieTart

    So, they don’t ask her because they know she can’t officially endorse anything, so they use her image without permission, which amounts to her endorsing an issue.

  • Janet

    This is so wrong.. I’m not sure they had permission from Oprah and Tyra

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