“Draping them in what looks to be a replica of a dead animal sends the message that wearing fur is acceptable – when, in fact, it has no more place in 2017 than it would in the year 40,000.”
I know personally I take all my fashion cues from tiny metal figures.
What else are you going to do with all the space direwolves?
In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only synthetic fabric.
Sheesh, how bored are PETA right now that this is even on their radar?
Yeah, I mean the fur on these is about as real as the fur on Warhammer minis, so wouldn’t this be a better and higher profile use of their time to raise awareness of their message?
I was just thinking the other day while reading about the shitstorm surrounding that dog movie that PETA must feel so irrelevant these days. They used to be one of the few social justice groups that received any attention. People fretted about avoiding their terrible gaze.
Nowadays there’s a social justice crisis on Twitter every week. Animal rights is like cause number 752 on the todo list.
What? I don’t even
Them protesting against actual pieces of clothing would be mundane and thus totally ignored. But fart up a few totally crazy ideas, spend 10 minutes on a press release, and one of them might actually go viral. It’ll get them some visitors to the website who go and read the original press release, it might get them in the news, and it might even get some of their supporters all defensive and motivated when this is predictably ridiculed by the “others”.
Look, this is the core of their argument:
“These battle-hardened warriors are known for their martial prowess – but wearing the skins of dead animals doesn’t take any skill.
They can’t have thought for even a second about whether that’s a compelling argument, it’s so nonsensical. You know what else doesn’t take skill to wear? Literally everything I’ve ever worn in my life. But it’s fine that the argument makes no sense, since they do not expect anyone to be swayed by it.
I’m not real familiar with Warhammer. Are the said miniatures of villains? It’s like saying don’t watch Rogue One because the Empire is mean!
(I haven’t watched Rogue One yet.)
They’re mostly fascists, bigots, religious fanatics.
Also, the “good” guys. :D
BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD. SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE. BUT ONLY ETHICALLY SOURCED, HUMAN SKULLS.
I mean, the fact that we’re all here talking about PETA is the point of their little stupidity. PETA has been doing that for years. Obviously no one gives a fuck about fantasy fur when there is still factory farming happening, but now we’re all talking about PETA. So, they pretty much just “won” this PR thing.
I mean, sort of? It does keep their name up there, but it also continues the pattern of behavior that makes it impossible to take them seriously and certainly won’t lead to me ever supporting them.
If throwing a bucket of fake blood on a fur coat gets 1000 people to notice you, and 100 of them then thinks about animal rights, and 1 of them becomes a vegetarian or stops buying fur, then you just won.
This thing? It’s a cheap and easy way to reach a few million people that sacrifices nothing (except for a reputation which as you note is already in tatters because of these behaviors, so not a loss) and makes people talk about animal rights. No downside. In this day and age especially, you need ridiculous headlines to get your message out there. Do you know if PETA issued a press release in the last month about how bad factory farming is? I don’t. I’m guessing it could happen a lot and get zero press.
Are they effective overall? Maybe not. I mean, Blackfish did more good for their “zoos are bad” cause than they’ve done for decades. But would that have been as successful without having PETA and Greenpeace priming the pump? Who knows.
Edit: I only bring up Greenpeace because of the jump to whaling, i.e. http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/oceans/save-the-whales/
(I created this from the Stranger Things thread for this thread Discourse, let me post it here too, dammit)
Pretty soon every post is going to be people talking the Discourse AI into letting their post through.
This reminds me of the time one of my painted miniatures was criticized because the fur trim on a uniform was “not the color of any animal I’ve ever seen”. I remember thinking something like, “um, we use dice to resolve melee combat between pirate orcs that grow from mushrooms and super human future gothic knights…and you have a problem with the realism of fur color?!”
Why are they wasting time with fictional costumes? What about the dead ferret that Emperor Trump wears as a crown?
The ferret is ALIVE…! :)