When it comes to bullying, Lady Gaga‘s stance is well-known — at least where humans are concerned. However, it seems that her compassion might not extend to the rest of the animal kingdom.
The star has caught flak in years past for wearing dresses made of raw meat (or at least designed to look like it), and now she’s in hot water for wearing fur coats, despite the fact that she has openly spoken out against the use of fur in fashion. In fact, she explicitly expressed her distate for it in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, saying, “I really loved that one [outfit] in particular because I thought it was a commentary on not wearing fur, ’cause I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.”
Now PETA is calling out the singer for this apparent reversal. In an online letter to the star, PETA VP Dan Mathews wrote, “Many of your gay fans, I among them, have long admired what you told Ellen [Degeneres]: ‘I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.’ I included a link because these recent photos of you in fox and rabbit and with a wolf carcass make it appear that you have amnesia. What happened? Are your stylists telling you that it’s fake, or are you a turncoat?”
He also highlighted Gaga’s supposed support for equal rights (again, just for humans?), writing, “PETA has long participated in [gay] Pride events around the country, and just last week we helped lead protests against Chick-fil-A. But by wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you’re making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian. As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose. We await your reply.”
So far, Gaga has remained mum on the subject.
Mathews followed up the letter with a link to a video featuring fashion guru Tim Gunn detailing the amount of suffering that goes into creating fur coats (see it below). To see the furry photo that caused the fuss, head over to E!.