November 15 2008

Forcing Your Beliefs On Another Is Never A Wise Idea

PETA has pulled yet another bone headed move.

According to, around 1 AM Paris time on November 15th, Lindsay Lohan was entering a nightclub in Paris when a member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) threw a bag of flour at the actress.  As the activist did this, she was also heard to be screaming, “Lindsay Lohan – fur hag!”  Ms. Lohan was fine, and the activist was hauled off by club security.

You know, don’t get me wrong, I love animals, and while I don’t agree with the wearing of fur, I don’t feel anyone has any right to commit what amounts to assualt on another person because you don’t agree with what they choose to wear.  I wouldn’t even be writing about this normally as this is a common occurence for PETA, but it was the tact they decided to take on their blog, in a post written by Joel Bartlett, that I found more disgusting than the attack itself.

Lindsay Lohan’s tan turned noticeably paler tonight after an anti-fur activist showered her with flour at a nightclub in Paris. Lindsay was on her way into the VIP room on the Champs-Elyses just after 1 a.m. early Saturday when she had an entire bag of flour dumped over her head.

When Lindsay was named to PETA’s annual Worst-Dressed List earlier this year, her entry read “I Know Who Killed” isn’t just the title of Lindsay Lohan’s latest bomb, it’s the cry of the animals snuffed out so that this “mean girl” can pose in their pelts. Lindsay, ther’s no road to recovery for the foxes who are anally electrocuted so that you can look skanky.”

This was followed up by comments from PETA Europe’s Robbie LeBlanc in the same post:

There is nothing remotely ‘fashionable’ about the torture and death of animals killed for fur. Lindsay Lohan might be able to ignore images of bloody animals skinned alive for their pelts, but we hope a dash of flour will help her rise to the occasion and forsake fur once and for all.

I would love to see people stop wearing fur, but this does not mean you have the right to commit assault on them, throw things at them or attack them in any other way.  All this does is show you to be extremists and, if anything, hurts your cause in that it drives people like myself who might normally stand with you to get as far from you as I possibly can.  It was bad enough when you were suggesting Ben & Jerry’s should switch to using breast milk in their ice cream, but attacking people for wearing something you don’t agree with is just ludicrous.  You are not the fashion police… the state of Florida is the fashion police.

What I wonder is what are you going to do when you throw flour incorrectly, someone inhales too much of it and chokes to death?  What if the person has asthma?  An allergy?  Is all of that ‘justified’ because they wore something you don’t agree with?

Every person has a right to their own opinion, but you have to respect other people’s rights to follow what they believe in.  I am a meat eater, but if I am around vegetarians, I don’t eat meat in front of them out of respect, but that is a choice I make, and if it is unavoidable, i ask them if they mind.  Or I could throw flour on them and scream insults at them… which do you think is more effective?

Get over yourselves PETA.  Take your fight to the lawmakers, but stop acting like 2-year-olds that throw things when you don’t get your way.

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