Kelly Rowland is the latest celebrity that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has attacked publicly. But we all know she wasn’t the first and won’t be the last. Members of PETA have been very vocal in their stance of being against celebrities who wear fur, or do anything that could have even a smidge of a possibility of being related to animal cruelty. While celebrities like Angela Simmons, P!nk, Eva Mendes, and actress Alicia Silverstone have stood by PETA and their “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” movement (other celebrities like rapper Waka Flocka, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Dennis Rodman, and Tommy Lee stripped down for PETA’s “Mink not ink” campaign and showed off their tattoos as well).
It’s safe to say the events and moments that make the most headlines are when PETA goes against the grain and puts their feet to the pavement and openly attack a celebrity. Whether it’s in an online statement or physically going to their book signing (insert awkward Kelly Rowland moment here), PETA has no shame when it comes to standing up for what they believe in. But at the same time, should they attack celebrities who are doing the same? I completely understand the need to want to protect animals one protest at a time, but it doesn’t seem like it’s really caused any fur-wearing stars to stop in their tracks and go vegan. So take a look at 15 celebrities who PETA has attacked:
15 Kelly Rowland
Let’s just take a minute to breakdown Kelly Rowland’s very awkward moment. The Destiny’s Child songstress and actress was hosting a book signing for her new book, Whoa Baby, when a group of protesters showed up with signs and photos. But of course they didn’t end there; they went as far as chanting that Rowland, “Has blood on her hands.” Rowland was clearly thrown off by this move (who wouldn’t be?) and told one of her people to get someone to show them the door. They left, but not peacefully. Meanwhile, Rowland escaped to a back room. This was extremely awkward to watch, but it looks like Rowland has been able to laugh off the moment since then. She couldn’t help but laugh off her run-in with the organization when TMZ reporters questioned her about it. She also didn’t respond when asked if she thought PETA’s protests will stop people from wearing fur.
14 Jennifer Lopez
PETA has been extremely vocal on multiple occasions about shutting down Jennifer Lopez’s fur-wearing self after her clothing line featured lots of different furs. PETA seemed to be having fun with Lopez and their attacks against her when it said, “this is just getting too easy,” after a 2007 incident. A group of PETA members showed up at auditions for Lopez’s Glow After Dark reality series posing as “glow girls.” Before that, PETA bragged about how it had an unforgettable appearance at the opening of Lopez’s restaurant in Pasadena and drove her to tears during a movie premiere. The group went as far as creating a game about Lopez called, “J. Lo: Monster in Fur Game.” It described the feature to fans and players and said, “Your mission is to rescue animals from being tortured and killed for J. Lo's fur-laden clothing line.” The organization went to the other extreme when it sent Lopez a handful of vegan cookbooks after the star claimed she was going vegan back in 2014.
13 Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton is definitely on PETA’s list, and not the good one. Apparently their issue with her was that she spends way too much money on “designer” dogs. They reached their breaking point with the socialite when she snapped a photo with an $8,000 puppy in October 2016. They officially labeled her, “Paris the Puppy Pimp” on a major billboard in Los Angeles and said they had exhausted their options of “educating her on the dangers of supporting the cruel breeding industry.” PETA has had a longstanding relationship with Paris. Back in 2008 PETA actually applauded Hilton for her choice to stop wearing fur. Her mother even purchased her a faux fur present as a gift to get her started. It looks like the applauded love affair between Hilton and PETA didn’t last long because of her love of expensive dogs. But maybe they got her attention with the huge billboard.
12 Kanye West
Anyone who follows Kanye West, or PETA, knows that he doesn’t care about PETA’s thoughts against him. He sparked a huge battle with the organization when he rapped, “Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor” in his hit song "Cold." It didn’t take long for PETA to respond with a statement of its own against the rapper. “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.” Still, PETA actually did thank West because the hashtag #TellPETA started trending on Twitter, apparently giving them some good publicity. It added, “#TellKanye that 60 beautiful minks have to die to make one ugly coat.” So far, PETA hasn’t had the nerve to approach West in an actual attack like it has with Rowland and Lopez, or even West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.
11 Kim Kardashian
So it might be safe to say that West’s lyrics came as a result of PETA’s attack against his now wife, Kim Kardashian, at an event. Interestingly enough, in the same song West revealed his love for Kardashian despite her marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries at the time. Anyway, Kardashian had her own incident with PETA. One woman, Christina Cho, representing the organization stopped by one of Kardashian’s events and literally threw a ton of flour right at her. Kardashian was rushed away from the scene but later joked and said, “I said to my makeup artist, I wanted more powder and that’s a whole lot of translucent powder right there.” What’s interesting is that her younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, was in support of PETA until the incident. Khloe cut ties with the group for its attack on Kardashian. She said in a statement, “I will no longer support PETA. Bullying and harassment is NEVER a solution, and I won’t be a part of any organization that thinks otherwise.”
10 Anna Wintour
Even the prestigious editor-in-chief of the fashion bible, Vogue magazine, isn’t exempt from PETA’s attacks. One member of PETA ran up to Wintour during one of her countless trips to Paris and shoved a tofu pie in her face! Just like Kardashian, Wintour was able to laugh it off in an attempt to overcome any possible embarrassment considering the incident happened just outside of a fashion show for Chanel. “I think it was organic,” she said. “It’s good for the skin.” Of course she had to go clean off her face and clothes that were now topped with tofu. But it doesn’t look like PETA’s notion to get Wintour to stop wearing fur was successful. In fact, when asked if the incident impacted any of her views on fur, she said, “Wear more fur.” And that she has. Only time will tell if PETA is cooking up something else for Wintour.
This is another artist that PETA attacked back in the day. Kelis had a message of her own for PETA and responded, “I would eat pterodactyl if you found some and you told me it was meaty and delicious.” She also had a very extensive and open letter for the organization with an explanation of why she doesn’t agree with their views or antics. “Btw it’s not just the look of fur. IT’s warm and feels glorious, ever rubbed faux fur on your body? Nothing luxurious about that.” She also addressed PETA’s letter against her that listed celebrities who don’t wear fur. “Great! More for me! I don’t judge them, don’t judge me.” She then said that PETA can come address her when she starts wearing endangered animals like a polar bear or orangutan; something she said she would never do. As for PETA’s attacks, she called them “ridiculous.”
It might seem like Beyonce can do no wrong, but according to PETA she has had plenty of missteps. And the organization had no problem telling her that to her face. PETA interrupted Beyonce’s dinner (her face definitely shows she wasn’t expecting the guess who’s coming to dinner moment) and gave her a breakdown of why she should stop wearing fur, eating meat, and other things that suggest any type of cruelty against animals. She was clearly unbothered but still listened respectfully when she could have easily snapped her fingers and had them escorted away from her presence. Beyonce did have a moment when she announced her and her husband, Jay Z, would be embarking on a vegan lifestyle. But that didn't last too long as she was spotted wearing fox fur at a meat free restaurant. That is a bit ironic, but at least she gave it a try for the 22 days.
7 Gisele Bundchen
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen was another celebrity who experienced harassment from PETA. Their relationship seemed to start when they protested against Bundchen after she signed on as a spokesperson for fur company, BlackGlama. They met her right after a fashion show and she even admitted that she was afraid PETA would harm her (probably after seeing what they had done to other celebrities). But unlike other stars it had encounters with, PETA's run-in with Bundchen seemed to have an impact on her as she regretted signing with BlackGlama. “It was a bad decision on my part, because I don’t wear fur,” she said. “I understand (PETA’s) cause. I am the biggest animal lover in the world.” She pointed out that she had four dogs and two horses and has “rescued animals” for her entire life. While she said she had sent an apology to PETA, the group said it never received it.
6 Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence had no problem calling out PETA after she was asked about a scene that looked like she was skinning a squirrel in her film Winter’s Bone. When asked about the scene she told Rolling Stone, “I should say it wasn’t real for PETA – but screw PETA.” It might be safe to say Lawrence is the one who started this feud. But PETA was all for clapping back at her. “She’s young and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart,” it said in a statement to E! News. “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.” Still, the organization was hopeful that Lawrence would “join the ranks” of other young PETA supporters such as Natalie Portman and Lea Michele.
Good girl gone bad Rihanna was also subject to one of many of PETA’s public attacks. Protestors showed up at the singer’s launch for her perfume after the singer had no shame in wearing fur on multiple occasions. It all happened at a Brooklyn Macy’s when people showed up with signs like, “who died for your coat?” It didn’t take long for her security (and a gang of mall security officers) to step in and rush all of them out, but they made their point clear as they exited unwillingly. It might have been a quick scoop but Rihanna definitely saw what was going on, yet as in most instances involving the singer, she was probably unbothered. Years before that, one fan asked Rihanna if she would ever consider not wearing fur after PETA placed her on its Worst-Dressed List. Rihanna stated that she would. It doesn’t look like she’s gone down that route just yet.
4 Katy Perry
The video for Katy Perry’s happy go-lucky song Roar was possibly tainted when PETA came for the singer with accusations that she abused animals to create the imagery. It said in a statement, “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.” The singer attempted to reassure PETA that no animals were harmed during the creation of the video when she wrote an open letter via the American Humane Association. “American Humane Association was on set for the filming of the above referenced music video, which used an elephant, a monkey, birds, and a tiger. After viewing the reports, we believe that the Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media were followed and that no animal was harmed in the making of this video.”
3 Katie Holmes
PETA attempted to train who could have been its youngest member, Suri Cruise, when it released an open letter to actors Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise about their daughter wearing fur and other concerns. “Please be vigilant about any packages that Armani sends for Suri, as they could include bunny fur from his toddler lines. We imagine that Suri, like other children, has a natural affinity for animals, which is why we find it shocking that Armani is not only breaking his fur-free promise but also trying to lure children into fashion derived from skinned rabbits.” Yikes. It’s not clear if Holmes or Cruise decided to follow suit but Holmes did play a woman who was vegan in her movie The Extra Man in 2010, which is a start and apparently enough for PETA to be satisfied… for now. Hopefully she won’t be one of PETA’s targets for an attack.
2 Amber Rose
Amber Rose also experienced an ambush from PETA at one of her very public events. For her, it was also a book signing. PETA took to that to express its disdain with Amber’s decision to wear fur at a Barnes & Noble store in Tribeca back in October 2015. A woman walked up to Amber and instead of asking her to sign a book, she asked a different question. “I want to know why you still promote the fur industry.” That was only the beginning as a handful of other protestors came in and started screaming different statements at the celebrity with one being, “Amber promotes torture and death!” Another run-in Amber had with PETA is when it blasted her in 2010 when she and her then boyfriend Kanye West were loving their furs. “The ethical dropout—who horrified voters in PETA’s Worst-Dressed Celebrity competition last year – and his sleazy sidekick, Amber Rose, were snapped by paparazzi strutting around Paris in ‘the ugliest things,’ indeed." Both were wearing head-to-toe fur, and Amber refused to remove her full-length lynx coat during a show at Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
1 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga might seem to be a down-to-earth star, but PETA certainly had an issue with her when she sported a meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010. She sported the dress in front of millions when she accepted the Video of the Year Award on stage. PETA commented on the dress and said, “Wearing a dress made out of cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people who are upset by butchery than who are impressed by it…” Lady Gaga hasn’t been quiet against PETA either as she slammed the organization for their flour bomb against Kim Kardashian. “I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for any cause,” she said after PETA VP Dan Matthews called out Gaga for possibly wearing fur.
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