Beyonce Knowles can’t seem to leave the house without catching flak from somebody these days.
First, the “Halo” singer was criticized last month for her less-than-live performance of the National Anthem at Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Now, Knowles has attracted the ire of animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for wearing leather during her halftime performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl.
According to the New York Times (which — who knew? — keeps track of such things), Knowles’ outfit, which was conceived by New York designer Rubin Singer — consisted of a cropped leather motorcycle, matched with a leather bodysuit made with strips of python and iguana.
Knowles’ use of all that animal hide, surprisingly, did not sit well with PETA, who accused the singer of being out of touch with shifting fashion trends.
“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,” PETA said in a statement. “Today’s fashions are trending toward humane vegan options, and Beyoncé’s Super Bowl outfit missed the mark on that score.”
Of course, Knowles could have ditched the offending outfit altogether — at which point she’d have the Parents Television Council hounding her instead of PETA.
PETA did, however, show some love for Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs — even though he covets a leather-covered ball for a living.
“The game was great, however, and so is Baltimore Ravens linebacker and yesterday’s Super Bowl champion Terrell Suggs, who has just joined PETA in protesting the fur industry by starring in PETA’s ‘Ink, Not Mink’ campaign,” the organization added.
A spokeswoman for Knowles has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment because, really, if you were her, would you willingly place yourself in the middle of this?