tomemos

May 6, 2004

To elaborate

Filed under: Uncategorized — tomemos @ 5:42 pm

Expanding on the previous post: It’s not just the fact that they decided to make fun of someone who is currently fighting to tell the truth about Bush’s shady actions surrounding 9/11, or that they’re making fun of him for his weight, which would be like Amnesty International criticizing Bush’s choice of ties. It’s not just that they perpetuate the idea that weight is something you’re still allowed to taunt people for publicly (see Drew’s post for a criticism of this idea).

All of these are good reasons to hate PETA right now, but what makes me really mad is the whole “Queer Eye” angle. “Veg Eye for the Fat Guy”? “Flab Five”? Weak. Five years ago, the same brainious might have gone for, “Eating meat? Is that your final answer?” It’s just a lazy, dumb way to make a lazy, dumb point. Come to that, what is their dumb point? That fat celebrities are making it seem okay to be fat? I know I’m disgusted all the time about how the media makes obesity seem glamorous and sexy.

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6 Comments

  1. You know, come to think of it, PETA is very wrapped up in the looks thing. They use super models and pretty celebrities for their ads.

    Besides, there are much better arguments for not eating meat than the meat makes you fat thing. It almost makes PETA look like they did not do their research, marketing or otherwise.

    Comment by AM — May 6, 2004 @ 6:23 pm

  2. I’ll tell you what makes most people fat. Eating too much -anything-, and then sitting on their lazy, SUV driving asses.

    I hate PETA. I fucking hate them. I think they actually give the whole “be nice to the pwetty kitties and aminals” movement a bad name. This certainly isn’t the first time they’ve made an outrageously bad decision about how to publicize their cause. I doubt it’ll be the last.

    Comment by locks — May 7, 2004 @ 6:26 am

  3. i feel morally obliged to state the following:

    PETA sucks. BUT not all “animal rights movements” are PETA or associated with PETA. PETA is a group of very enthusiastic (to put it politely) people who don’t feel the need to think that much. they know “x” is bad. so therefore anything and everything that resembles “x” is bad. etc.

    but there are people who believe in, support, and/or lobby for animal rights who do have brains. please don’t forget those people because not only do they have to work against all the evil animal hating people in the world πŸ™‚ but they have to fight the stupidity of groups like PETA.

    *steps off soap box and dusts it off for someone else’s 2 cents”*

    Comment by ariela — May 7, 2004 @ 9:40 am

  4. I think we’re all in agreement that animal rights are important. And we’re definately in agreement that PETA is so fucking annoying.

    And why do they assume that everyone who is obese is a junk-food eater? That’s stupid and insulting. The message they’re giving is that everyone starts off skinny, but some people eat meat so they’re fat. Whatever. Bitches.

    Comment by kindle — May 7, 2004 @ 12:22 pm

  5. I wrote an angry email to PETA, and this was their response (sorry about the length):

    Thank you for contacting PETA about our “Veg Eye for the Fat Guy” Campaign, which we have launched in an effort to assist overweight celebrities in slimming down.

    The stars included in our “Veg Eye” lineup will receive our special makeover kit, including copies of PETA’s vegetarian starter kit and The
    PETA Celebrity Cookbook, as well as samples of delicious, low-fat vegetarian food.

    We want to help these folks lose inches from their waistlines and add years to their lives with a diet that’s proven to take weight off and
    keep it off: a low-fat vegan diet. Obesity is one of the most pressing health problems in the U.S. and will soon become the country’s leading
    cause of preventable deaths. Despite the growing number of “diets” that are being touted throughout the country, Americans just keep getting heavier. Research studies cited by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have shown that “the vast majority of people who
    lose weight gain it all back-and then some-within a year or two.” Dr. Dean Ornish, a medical doctor and the author of Eat More, Weigh Less, cites government studies that show that within five years of losing weight, 97 percent of dieters are just as fat as they were when they first began to diet-fatter, in some cases.

    Adopting a vegan diet doesn’t just help people slim down, it also helps prevent-and possibly even treat or cure-ailments including heart
    disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and more. Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University, arguably the foremost epidemiologist in the world,
    states, “I now consider veganism to be the ideal diet. A vegan diet-particularly one that is low in fat-will substantially reduce disease risks. Plus, we’ve seen no disadvantages from veganism. In every respect, vegans appear to enjoy equal or better health in comparison to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians.”

    The five famous men whom we have selected for our campaign are in a unique position to set an example for millions of overweight people, and
    we hope that they will take our proposal to heart.

    For more information, please visit GoVeg.com and PETA.org/feat/obesity.

    Thanks again for your interest in PETA.

    Sincerely,

    PETA Staff

    Comment by Bret — May 7, 2004 @ 2:31 pm

  6. Wow. Good to know they address people’s concerns and don’t just fire off useless form letters that clearly show they don’t give a shit about public opinion. I, for one, am relieved.

    Comment by kindle — May 10, 2004 @ 10:34 am


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