It’s kind of become a cliche that if a celebrity wears a fur coat or eats a cheeseburger or acts with a lion in a movie or looks at a photograph of a dog the wrong way, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will attack them for it. The organization loves some celebrities who are willing to take their clothes off and show their hot bods to protest fur, but they also despise others. PETA’s a controversial organization even among a lot of animal rights activists because their methods are often questionable. But you have to give them credit for how closely their magnifying glass looks at Hollywood. If you’re a vegan celebrity who sneaks a popcorn shrimp at a party, I’m pretty sure a PETA SWAT team will break down the door and revoke your vegan license. Do those exist? I’m not vegan, so I don’t know.
Let’s take a look at fourteen celebrities who have felt the wrath of PETA. You might think it’s mostly because of fur — because rich people love fur — but a lot of these feuds originated with other animal-related issues. The organization’s attacks range from gentle wrist-slapping to name-calling.
“As I’m sure you are learning from your chicken, chickens are smart, interesting animals with personalities of their own,” our letter reads. “Changing Nugget’s name to ‘Not a Nugget’ will let your fans know that they should be nice to chickens by not eating them.”
Even Honey Boo Boo isn’t immune from PETA’s complaints. Last year the organization wrote her a letter asking her to change her pet chicken’s name from Nugget to Not a Nugget. Hey PETA, maybe the chicken’s already named Not a Nugget and they just call it Nugget for short! You don’t know.
“Children of greedy, self-absorbed parents could follow their lead or they could break away and be alienated from and disgusted by them. Kim is a commodity, she is paid to wear things like fur, a particular makeup, or to shake hands with questionable people, so she is not a good example to a child or anyone else of how to show a social conscience…”
Kim Kardashian has been flour-bombed by PETA activists for wearing fur, and earlier this year while she was pregnant the organization claimed that her fashion choices would affect what kind of mother she would be. Let’s hope they don’t see that leather dress North got from Paris Fashion Week.
3. Kanye West
“What’s draggin’ on the floor is Kanye’s reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings. He’s a great musician but doesn’t seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes.”
Kim and her man Kanye can bond over the fact that PETA despises both of them. In response to Kanye’s song lyric “Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor,” PETA issued an angry statement to E! News. Oh shut up and get him his damn croissants!
“When people kill animals, it is the animals who are ‘screwed,’ not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature.”
Not even universal girl crush J.Law has been able to avoid PETA’s wrath. When explaining whether the squirrel she skinned in Winter’s Bone was real, she said, “I should say it wasn’t real, for PETA. But screw PETA.” Because PETA seems to have a radar for every time their name is mentioned, they scolded J.Law, and as with Kanye, they turned her word choices against her.
“Maybe the real story behind their breakup is that Marc Anthony left because he couldn’t stand looking into her morgue of a closet.”
Uh oh, now it’s getting personal. J.Lo is a frequent target of PETA’s anger for using fur in her clothing line. They’ve protested her appearances and even have an interactive game on their website called “Fur Bully From the Block.” Ouch.
“I would eat pterodactyl if you found some and you told me it was meaty and delicious.”
The quote above is actually not from PETA but from Kelis in response to PETA. After the group criticized her for wearing fur, Kelis took to Myspace to declare that she’s a-okay with eating a dinosaur… as long as it’s tasty… and probably only if it comes with a milkshake.
“We would take a bet that if Beyoncé watched our video exposés … she’d probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits, or other animals who died painfully. Today’s fashions are trending toward humane vegan options, and Beyoncé’s Super Bowl outfit missed the mark on that score.”
Beyonce came under fire for wearing a mink coat to the inauguration earlier this year, and then later she was criticized for wearing animal skins as part of her Super Bowl costume. In this case they didn’t even get the skins totally right, since she apparently wore cow, python and iguana.
8. Lady Gaga
“[W]hat’s next: the family cat made into a hat? Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn’t want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots—not too attractive, really.”
In addition to fur, Gaga has worn a dress made entirely out of raw meat, which clearly got PETA pissed. It looked particularly hypocritical since she’d told Ellen DeGeneres that she would never wear fur. Who lies to Ellen?!
9. Katy Perry
“What you may not know — as most people do not — is that animals used for entertainment in film and television endure horrific cruelty and suffer from extreme confinement and violent training methods.”
Katy Perry’s “Roar” video was criticized for using wild animals for entertainment purposes. Katy responded with a letter from the American Human Association, explaining that the AHA was on set and no animals were harmed. So there.
“Maggot has gone from being lost in her brother’s shadow to being lost inside some really ugly fur coats. Where is her fashion sense? Maybe Christian Bale dropped her on her head during an action sequence in The Dark Knight.”
Whoa, now that’s some snark if I’ve ever seen it. This is what PETA said about Maggie in their 2009 worst-dressed list. I want to meet whoever wrote it just to gape at them.
11-12. Olsen Twins
“Because fur adds 20 years and 20 pounds, maybe Mary-Kate and Ashley think their matronly wardrobe will deflect the gossip about bulimia. Somewhere, someone is missing a matching pair of Bigfoot bobblehead dolls.”
PETA loves to make fun of Mary-Kate and Ashley and their oversized furs. Bringing eatings disorder speculation into it might be a tad in poor taste, however. Still, that is quite the metaphor at the end there.
“Chickens and cows may not be as cute and cuddly as puppies, but when it comes to their ability to feel pain and suffer, they are no different from animals people call pets.”
Guys, I don’t know if you know this, but when Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was in China, he ate a dog. So yeah, that happened.
14. Paris Hilton
“Celebrities like Paris Hilton, who portray ‘purse pups’ as accessories instead of living beings who require a lifetime of care, are largely to blame, as are movies like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, which also cause a rush on the “dog of the moment.”
Everyone knows Paris Hilton’s favorite accessory is a dog. And sometimes a pig. Or a kinkajou. She spends a lot of money on them and she cycles through them at a frightening rate. PETA does not like this. And I’m willing to bet those dogs don’t like wearing those outfits. Just saying.