Lady Gaga is fighting back against PETA, after the animal-rights organization blasted her for seeming to wear fur.
While acknowledging that she respects the animal rights movement, the "Poker Face" singer lays into the more militant factions of the movement, accusing them of waging "violent, abusive and childish campaigns."
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"To the fans," Gaga wrote in a blog post on her website. "I want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life … I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE. Particularly one that I respect. 'Animal Rights.'"
The singer also makes no apologies for wearing clothes derived from animals, whether it's alligator-skin accessories or the meat dress she infamously wore to the MTV Video Music Awards a couple of years ago. As far as Gaga is concerned, if it's in the name of art and/or fashion, it's fair game.
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"I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially [since] I have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won't bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat," Gaga asserts. "I have no chains about this. You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance."
As for PETA's habit of flour-bombing people wearing fur, Gaga suggests a more practical use of the foodstuff.
"And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry," the singer writes.
PETA senior vice president Dan Mathews blasted Gaga in an open letter Monday, saying that she had publicly disavowed fur on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, but has since been photographed wearing the pelts of various animals, including a wolf carcass in a promotional photo for the Robert Rodriguez film "Machete Kills."
"What happened? Are your stylists telling you that it's fake, or are you a turncoat?" Mathews asked. "As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose."