when i first read the article about this guy wearing fox fur on his costume & his rejoinder to the flak, i was going to ignore it. basically, to sum up, he did the above and various sources bitched about it. he said the following:
“I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life,…There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti.
“I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice.”
“Every skater is wearing skates made out of cow..Maybe I’m wearing a cute little fox while everyone else is wearing cow, but we’re all still wearing animals.” (via yahoo news)
after realizing that this is not going to go away, however, and also with some of the fashion people’s responses to these articles, i feel i have to comment.
this is such a stereotypical retort to these criticisms…helping people is most important, and btw, others wear animals too! yet it never quite hits the mark. i don’t think anyone would dispute the fact that there are humans in the world suffering grave atrocities, yet is it really all about finding someone who has it worse? aren’t we, as an evolved race, supposed to look at things on the planet going wrong and find a way to fix them? are we not going to help feed the homeless in our neighborhood because women are being trafficked as sex slaves in another country?
isn’t he merely distracting us with the mention of other global troubles, without really noting whether he takes the time to participate in them? (and if he does, good for him. doing any kind of charitable work is an amazing gift.) i feel, so often when the people of peta (an organization whose overall message i support, though i do not condone all of their actions) bring a complaint, the first response of some is to start mentioning human causes & as we look closer, learn that they really do nothing at all. if one thinks humans are the priority, do something about it. are you really going to complain that others are trying to make the world a better place, trying to end the suffering of any living being?
furthermore, i don’t believe he does get it. he’s distracting from the cause here, not even giving credence to the people who have made this a mission for themselves. in the end, trying to discredit their arguments.
finally, i wholeheartedly hatehatehate and detest the, what about the cows thing, he is bringing up. i mean, if something is an injustice, is it okay to sit back and watch it just because someone else is doing it too? how do we advance as a society, as a human species, if we can’t move away from cruelty into compassion? people looked the other way when nazis sold the possessions of jews during the second world war…it was wrong, but well, it was the times. did that make it okay? it seems now history remembers those bystanders as the cowards they were….
i could continue, but it’s high time to wrap this diatribe up. no, we don’t all have to believe the same thing and in fact it is important to have different pet causes so there will always be people working on the many problems of the globe. however, as far as i can tell, he is acting an offhandedly selfish individual who is both disrespecting the beliefs of others and irresponsibly using his celebrity to try to poke holes in their arguments.