by Michael dEstries
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JustJared noticed some similarities between this month’s True Blood-themed Rolling Stone cover and that “If I Can Dream” PETA ad from a few months back.

Said one commenter, “Anna Paquin spoils the True Blood pic, and the Justin Gaston fella looks like Billy Ray Cyrus, which isn’t good, so I’ll say it’s a tie.”

What do you think?

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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  • Miss Marita Indans

    We don’t need to take our clothes off to gain international respectability. Not keen on the nudity or the saucy threesomes either.

    • marita indans

      I would like to see members of the PETA organisation lecturing in schools, but they may not be accepted if they continue to use nudity in their campaigns. I forgot to mention why I wasn’t keen on the nudity in my first comment, which is why I’ve made a second comment.

  • whitney

    I really don’t like the whole “sex sales!!” thing. Stay classy.

  • erin elizabeth

    I thought Miss Martha was going to say We don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time ;) (God awful song but fun….)

    Oh I can’t help but love the series and while the pics are a bit over the top it’s better than seeing Britney Spears on the front..

  • Toast

    The left is full of hippy douche-bags, and thus, is not sexy. The one on the right is much more sexy.

    PETA is not sexy. PETA kills more animals than it saves. It’s been proven with their own facts. PETA should just give up.

  • Gregory Wolfe

    I would have to say that neither topic is of particular interest to me. I try to eat vegan (I am not actually vegan) as a basic diet goal, but that doesn’t make me lean toward the peta ad. The blood doesn’t distract me as it makes sense being a vampire themed show. But I would rather roll around with the peta boys than the true blood boys. :) I do like sex, it isn’t needed on the cover of a magazine, but I will look and judge if it is used.

  • Strega

    If I HAD to choose I would choose the Peta cover shot. I really don’t like either of them. I think it’s time to replace the ad agencies for these publications as, I feel, they have lost their creative edge when they turn to sex to sell things. We all know that sex sells, but it’s easy, they need to come up with something clever enough to stick in peoples’ minds rather than the shock value of nudity, which is forgotten after a day.

  • Vodou

    The PETA cover shot is definitely sexier! Very alluring!

  • Ben Moore

    Have you guys actually seen True Blood? It’s got more sex than Amsterdam! The True Blood cover is awesome, sexy cover for a sexy show. Long live sex. It’s great.

  • kimmmi

    eric from true blood;D

  • Melinda

    I think i just had a orgasm!! XD

  • Christian

    Is the rightmost guy on the Peta poster peeing?

  • kristina

    both are overly sexual… especially for an ad or a magazine cover. i mean come on, kids are gonna see this stuff.

  • Yumi

    ABSOLUTELY True Blood!!!! The effect is more breath taking!! the similarity is fine, I mean it is important that there is originality but that is rare just for example in music, other artists revive it only to put a little twist. About the nudity and sex selling well… first I agree that kids will see it but on the other hand the photo isn’t really showing three people having sex, kids would instead ask, “mommy, daddy why are they covered in ketchup?” Our body is a beautiful thing, people have different views in showing it. Either with clothes on or off. The photo does show sex but I think, and I emphasize the word ‘think’, it also shows love.

  • Adam C. Black

    I have eaten meat my entire life. Now while I am totally against animal cruelty, I just can’t give up eating meat. I am also aware that PETA’s position is that just by being a meat eater that I am perpetuating the cycle of animal cruelty. I understand where they are coming from but, I just can’t give up eating meat. I can’t imagine not being able to eat a nice rare prime cut 12oz. sirloin, or not being able to eat a homemade chicken cordon bleu whenever I want to. The joy I get from eating meat is akin to making love to a beautiful woman. For the record I like the True Blood Rolling Stone cover better.

    • OliverDykes21

      As someone who used to be
      very much a confirmed meat eater (I used to go to Pizza Hut and order the meat
      feast), I can understand where you’re coming from. But in 2006, I nevertheless
      decided to try to give up eating meat (but not fish) just for Lent, intending
      to go back to it afterwards. I was wavering and feared this might be too
      difficult, but in the end decided to try (from an ethical point of view, giving
      up meat for Lent seemed to be the right thing to do). About 3 – 4 weeks in, it
      struck me – contrary to all expectation – that I wasn’t missing meat at all.
      After Easter, I decided not to resume eating meat, having no need for it (and
      gave up fish soon after). Having been someone who spent 37 years eating meat
      and for whom the idea of a meal without it was unsatisfying, am now a confirmed
      vegan. There’s so much delicious vegan food out there (personally I
      particularly recommend sausages or burgers from Fry’s, the South African
      company). If I can do it, anyone can….good luck!

      • Kristin Marie Savinkin

        Your amazing. I enjoyed reading this review. The cleanest one yet without filth or idiotic talking. Im also almost vegan. Its proven the more meat you eat the higher your cancer risk and many many other health issues. So many people are closed minded at even trying to give a meat less life a try. Bravo to you.

  • herwin

    the Rolling Stone cover is just so gory, so bloody, so dirty….ME LIKE !!

  • herwin

    today’s Peta posters are all so hollywoody, glamoury and shiny. very nice but sometimes i like to see the old style Peta posters like the Did Your Meat Has A Face kinda thing which are more raw and more real.

  • Penny

    PETA are so juvenile with their message. I like that they are for animal rights but they are so trashy, relying on ‘sex sells’ and bullying to get their point across. They need to grow up.

    • Bri

      they’re aggressive and proactive about trying to make a way for ANIMALS TO GROW UP. not all be killed off and eaten, i.e., as Veal by psychopaths who deserve all the cardiac risks & shit from feeding on it

  • Anonymous

    PETA is a pointless childish organization that promotes sexist inhuman (To human) Attitudes.

    The PETA people need to all gather up in one large warehouse and drink the koolaid and stop poisoning the ignorant and easily duped (Which is all their members)

  • masalaifrog

    SO what are they doing? Having a threesome?

  • M S

    Of Course True Blood!!, here you have two good looking MAN each one holding her as they own her or want her almost territorial.
    And in the Peta photo they look like they can’t hardly touch her. Sorry but probably this picture will be better if they all were men. I don’t think these guys have any interest in the female anatomy in itself. It is almost painful to watch them holding her.. lol

  • Bluedoggie48

    What’s Peta? Where’s my venison burger?

  • guest

    True Blood!! the PETA add looks like they are deer caught in the head lights!!

  • Michal Kolman

    I think PETA´s poster is more attractive. It´s a good organization. Rolling Stone is a celeb magazine :).

    • bfd2

      PETA is not a good organization they are the worst offenders of animal rights. They kill more than they save. Do your research

  • Javier

    Isnt that quite a lustful life transmitted to the young ones?

  • Javier

    Bullying and sex methods arent the answer, its true, they sometimes act like bullies, I wont generalize although but Ive seen it a bit. Abuse whether verbal or emotional or physical isnt love, sex without love isnt love, soft porn like that isnt love just as you can see on the image physical pleasure, the idea of love isnt getting a reward, is giving all you can without expecting anything at all.

    • Bri

      defending anything from not being KILLED is never bullying. its the other people who instigated in the 1st place. they threw the first punch. it’s only fair to return it

  • Angie

    Neither…..The Vampire Diaries Entertainment Weekly covers with Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev were miles better & extremely sexy!

  • Tainui Marino

    PETA definitely. I love brunettes.

  • Lorianne Gilmore

    I love true blood (except sookie omg kill her) and the picture is awesome of course. but the peta ad is better. sorry.

    • Lorianne Gilmore

      it’s more sensual and sexy. even though the vampires are hot in their own way and are supposed to look aggressive and the others aren’t, I still like the way the peta ad came out more.

  • Tan Truong

    The one with the typical hot Latina. Oh and the more compassionate theme.

  • Espy

    I vote for True Blood. Just IMO the cover for PETA doesn’t fit with the magazine…… I get what they are trying to accomplish, with the sex sells idea, but I just don’t like the way it looks for that magazine versus True Blood’s look. It just seems out of place and awkward to me…….

  • Kelley

    I think Peta’s is much more beautiful, but only because I don’t find blood spattered all over people to be attractive. I don’t like Peta though. I am vegan and I don’t like that they kill more animals than they save. And if their silly tactics actually worked in making more people vegan, I’d feel a tiny bit better about them. But as my hero Gary Yourofsky puts it, nobody looks at a Peta poster of Pam Anderson’s boobs and goes “those are some nice tits….let’s get some tofu!”

  • Sinzi

    definitely the true blood. the peta one makes no sense.

  • JACQUELINE// jae

    The rolling stone version exudes passion and intensity the Peta ad is just a trio of sterile looking scrawny young people who have very little about them. I don’t eat meat but I think they need a steak and roast spud dinner.

  • kimberly callihan

    rolling stones! they used real men, not little boys!

  • Anne Marie Grossman

    Yes I do…

    Grilled, BBQ’d, Smoked, Pan Seared, Baked, breaded and fried as well.

    As Denis Leary said, “Being Vegan is a choice, eating meat is instinct.”

    ‘Nuff said.

    • Dvorak

      Vegans complain about us eating meat yet they’re the ones eating all our oxygen, much less breathing it in as well. thats a twofer.
      I’ve yet to meat a vegan who doesn’t act like they’re on some pedestal higher than the rest of us.

      • Anne Marie Grossman

        LoL… I have no desire to eat anything coming from a vegan.


      • ???? ????

        Well, many cows and chickens are vegan! Unless you love cannibalistic cows and chickens. You can get that straight from the factory farm! :)

    • ???? ????

      Well. Eating fruit is an instinct. Factory farming, slicing, cooking, and eatiing animals are not instincts.

      • Anne Marie Grossman

        Neither is spell-check from what I see.

    • Bri

      fucking fantastic. in that way you earn yourself the highest chance of heart disease among other things X)

  • Anne Marie Grossman

    “at least they do something what do you do? besides of being a hater and eat abused animal meat.” -YOU

    And labeling people is so mature… riiight.

  • bfd2

    PETA are not animal rights activists. They kill 95% of the dogs and cats they take in to rehome but it is easier to kill them then put the work into finding them homes. It is too bad that all these celebs buy into there lies. Do your research and find out about the real PETA. Rolling Stones anyday.

  • bfd2

    PETA is a bunch of thieves taking your money and pretend to use it for animals. Check out there salaries they just keep getting bigger and more animals die.

    • 1bestdog

      That’s a joke. I happen to know their salaries are miniscule. People do ned to get paid though. Or do you work for free.

      PETA works tirelessly for animals in situations nobody else will even address.

      • Garfwog

        Yeah man, making a whole campaign about how Mario is a fox skinner because he gets a fox suit with a tail and spinning powers after he picks up a leaf is a situation only PETA has addressed, I wonder why.

    • ???? ????

      They accept all animals in any conditions many shelters won’t do. They do campaign and ads. They make contests for lab-grown meat. Though they don’t do perfect marketing, they have a kind motto.

  • mj

    I eat meat 3 times a day do care where it comes from and it tastes delicious. I would eat more if I was not concerned about being fat…damn gaining weight. Eating an entire cow sounds fantastic

    • ???? ????

      That’s called greed, dude. And you know what you’ll pay for that, at least you knew you will be obese. :) I bet you will also eat poops mixed with human meat if it tastes great.

  • Alwyn Kosted

    I like the peta one

  • John Lobenstein

    Neither cover is meaningful. Both ads are nothing but obscene exhibitionism.

    True environmentalism should decry the grotesque and draconian diversion of food grains into vehicle fuels. Ethanol from food crops is, at best, carbon neutral and only increases food prices worldwide.

    Vegans should also be enraged by the food crop to fuel conversions. If these food crops become fuel(s) the available herbivorous food sources is drastically reduced.

    Is there enough additional unused land suitable for growing enough food crops to totally replace all meats in everyones’ diet but not harming the environment?

  • Susan Nihg Charthaigh

    I think they’re both disappointing. If these people play their parts nude, then there would be cause for these photos. Since that’s not the case, all I see is porn.

  • Frank Hoffman

    Interesting — the Miss USA winners posed naked with each other, and touching each other. Very homoerotic. The men seem to need a woman between them. Jus’ sayin’.

  • 1bestdog

    I prefer the one without the blood. That would be an accurate representation of the meat industry. They should use it.

  • ???? ????

    They euthanized SICK and DYING animals. You won’t find those animals in other shelters, they simply won’t accept them. But PETA do. And anyone can correct me if I’m wrong.

  • jimwsrren

    Going to hell to burn if not repenting from there sins.

  • jimwsrren

    Thats sin and abomination to the Lord Jesus

  • jimwsrren

    The Rolling Stone magazine crap

  • Jc Rodriguez