Stella McCartney Explains Why Leather is Bad in Disturbing PETA Video

Today, eco-friendly designer Stella McCartney released a new video with PETA wherein she discusses the harsh reality that, although leather is a style staple for many, there are a series of unethical practices involved in obtaining animal skin. The three-minute video features the designer directly addressing the audience, accompanied by scary clips of factory workers skinning animals. In a word, ew. 

Although McCartney is a serious stickler for preventing these practices (she even has an ecologically-inclined tab on her website called "Green Me"), the video doesn’t come off as preachy. It’s more of an informative piece that is sure to make shoppers think twice about purchasing new leathers, especially now that their are tons of vegan fashion options on the market.

If you can stomach it, watch the video here

PETA Celebrates the Sexy (and Narcissistic) Side of Vegetarianism

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, everyone’s favorite group of animal rights activists / attention whores, is currently running a contest on their website to find the Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door. What makes one a sexy vegetarian, you ask? Well, sex appeal is a given, but the winners (one male, one female) must exhibit "enthusiasm, attractiveness, and potential to reach a wide media audience" (hey, it may be a contest, but that doesn’t mean PETA isn’t going to put these veggies to work!). They must also presumably have neighbors, and, looking at the past male and female winners, chiseled jawlines and big boobs. You can vote for your favorite now, and to help you I’ve picked the strongest contenders.

The Guys:

Paul, Kansas City, MO
Bio: You would not eat your baby, Would you? lol Don’t eat the ones you love.
Eating babies is against the law, which is the only reason why I haven’t chowed down on my hypothetical child. (I hate that kid.)

Jory, New York, NY
Bio: My favorite part of being a vegetarians is responding when people say, "but you have muscles!"
Sure, as a non-muscular meat-eater, I can’t really compete with Jory’s pecs, but I do understand subject-verb agreement, so that’s something to boast about, too! 

Arthur, Wieringerwaard, NY
Bio: You are looking at someone who doesn’t rape or kill to fulfill his needs.
Raise your hand if you’re expecting to have nightmares in which Arthur rapes you with Swiss chard! 

Benjamin, San Antonio, TX
Bio: My recently-deceased dog Henri — through his dignity, innocence and devotion — taught me to love all animals and not eat them.
I grew up with cats, so I haven’t had too many life lessons that prevent me from eating dogs. 

John, Sunrise, FL
Bio: My food never had parents because my power comes from plants.
I can’t come up with a clever response because I have no idea what the hell that even means.

The Girls:

Michelle, Folsom, CA 
Bio: Vegetarian’s newest family member. 🙂
Michelle married a guy who has two kids; the girl’s name is Molly, the boy’s name is Vegetarian.

Lori, Nipomo, CA
Bio: Redheads the *other*white meat 😉
As a redhead and a human, I’m not too keen on the cannibalistic subtext here. 

Dianne, Ashland, NY
Bio: I have devoted my life to educating the public on ALL the horrors of animal abuse.
Like Dianne, I love animals so much that I can’t stop staring at posters of mutilated dogs. They’re all over my den! (I don’t get to entertain much, but maybe Dianne would like to come over for some Pinot Grigio?)

Susan, Northeast, MI
Bio: I once carried a frog in my cupped hands through a sea of 10,000 women at a women’s music festival to safety in the "not so near" forest….as you might imagine, he was peeing the whole way! NO creature is less deserving.
I think we can all agree that there’s nothing sexier than an Indigo Girls fan covered in frog urine. 

Mia, Houston, TX
Bio: If someday I’m in a jungle in Africa, here is to hoping the hungry lion I might run into is a fellow vegan!
Sorry, Mia. I hope that lion is not vegan. 🙁

You still have over a week to vote for your favorite sexy vegetarian! The two winners receive a free trip to Hawaii via PETA’s Member Advantage Program, which offers travel discounts to aggressive, outspoken animal activists across the globe (another bonus for going veg, right along with the potential iron deficiency). And if you’re not too keen on any of my picks, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are hundreds of narcissistic vegans and vegetarians desperate for your votes

Afternoon Links: ‘Ninja Turtles’ Gets A Name Change, ‘Harry Potter’ Goes Digital

● Looks like Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be neither "Teenage" nor "Mutant" — not by title, at least. Bay announced on his blog this morning that Paramount marketing has renamed his reboot Ninja Turtles. "They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same," he assured, adding that, "yes they still act like teenagers." [EW]

● The precocious Chloe Moretz has been cast as the tormented adolescent lead in Kimberly Pierce’s upcoming Carrie remake. "I’ve never been so happy in my life," wrote Moretz on Twitter. [Deadline]

● The Harry Potter series is at last going digital, with all seven books now available for download from J.K. Rowling’s own Pottermore site. [WSJ]

● Lil B will give a #rare, #exclusive, and — although it goes without saying — #based lecture about something at NYU on April 11. "THIS WILL BE HISTORICAL AND TRULY LIFE CHANGING, HISTORY STARTS," says the Based God, and we don’t doubt it. [Pitchfork]

● 11 years, 6 million albums sold, and perhaps the best Pitchfork review of all time later, the Aussie rockers that make up Jet have decided to call it quits "to pursue separate creative endeavors." [Spinner]

● They might have lost Khloe Kardashian in the wake of the flour-bombing incident, but a new and beautiful relationship appears to be blooming between the increasingly absurdist PETA and "recently switched to a vegetarian" Courtney Stodden. Lets call it a draw. [NYDN/Gawker]

● Steven Tyler celebrated his 64th birthday with a sparkly blue pedicure, a new puka shell necklace, and a nice walk on the beach. [ONTD]

HBO’s ‘Luck’ Under Scrutiny After Accidental Horse Fatalities

HBO’s Luck, a drama about the big bad horse racing scene, has been warmly received by most media critics, but lax production standards have roused critics less concerned with quality acting and believable narratives. According to the New York Observer, two horses used in filming were euthanized following on set injuries, prompting PETA to put the HBO show on blast. "Perhaps if producers had considered the proved safety protocols that we would have suggested, these horses would still be alive," the animal rights organization wrote in a blog post from a few weeks ago. PETA may be controversial, but considering the generally accepted moral standard for animal safety in media production, its disappointment doesn’t seem so histrionic. 

The NYO notes that two Luck episodes carried a less emphatic disclaimer: "The American Humane Association monitored the animal action," rather than the typical "No Animals Were Harmed" certification that typically follows an episode in which a dog gets kicked, or something similar. In concordance, the AHA released a statement saying that euthanasia was the only option following the injuries, and that it’s since worked with HBO to make sure the same thing won’t happen again. PETA is understandably more upset, and wants more information regarding the deceased horses, information that HBO is reluctant to provide. It’s kind of a sad story in which no one really wins, but hopefully, safety standards on forthcoming episodes will be higher.

PETA Protests Liam Neeson’s ‘The Grey’

PETA  (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is never an organization to miss a chance for publicity which is why they hate on every single film that features an animal. The latest victim of their protests: Liam Neeson’s The Grey, a survival flick about a group of people must fend for themselves against the elements and packs of wolves when their plane goes down in Alaska.

“PETA met with a producer of The Grey and explained how animals used in movies often spend most of their time confined to chains or cages when they are not performing and may be beaten or deprived of food in order to force them to perform,” it says on their blog. “The producers assured us that they would use only computer-generated imagery and animatronic wolves—but we’ve now learned that they reneged on their promise.”

While slamming director Joe Carnahan they are also taking aim at Neeson himself for reportedly eating wolf meat. “It tastes like chicken but really gamey!” he said

Like most things PETA has an issue with, people aren’t shying away from the flick.  It made $20 million just this weekend. 

Afternoon Links: Katy Perry Unfollowed Russell Brand on Twitter, PETA Wants O.J. Simpson’s Old House

● Katy Perry has unfollowed Russell Brand on Wwitter, but Russell Brand is, for now, still following Katy Perry. We can’t all be like Demi. [Us]

● Al Green thinks President Obama "nailed it" last night. [TMZ]

● PETA has asked J.P. Morgan to donate the use of O.J. Simpson’s Florida home for their "Meat is Murder" museum, where they hope to teach visitors that "non-violence begins on our plates." [Forbes]

● "I am pretty much obsessed with coffee," writes David Lynch on the Huffington Post today — his birthday! — of his seven-cup-a-day habit. "Coffee has always seemed to facilitate thinking and catching ideas. Not only that, but the flavor of coffee is beyond the beyond good." [Huff Post]

● Australian supermodel Jessica Gomes, the girl behind those famous "Maybach Music" drops, says she was paid for the gig in neither money nor Rick Ross visitation rights. "It’s not about the money for me," she says, "I was lucky enough at that time to do that … it’s very flattering that I got acknowledged by the hip-hop world." [XXL]

● If this make-up artist’s recreations are to be believed, Beavis and Butt-Head would be horrifying in real life. [BuzzFeed]

● According to Detroit rapper Danny Brown, 50 Cent doesn’t know "what the fuck Pitchfork" is. [Complex]

● Lil Wayne got hurt on his skateboard last night. Expect a few days of radio silence. [@LilTunechi/Twitter]

PETA Speaks Out Against Italian Stereotypes, Fun

You know when you’re playing Super Mario Brothers and he gets that leaf thing and then turns into the raccoon looking thing? Yeah. Well, that’s what PETA is protesting. By that logic, Mario also encourages doing large amounts of mushrooms and then attempting to fly. 

In a statement from PETA, they claim "Tanooki (aka Mario’s raccoon suit) may be just a ‘suit’ in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur". I mean, they went so far as to make a playable online game featuring a bloody Mario jumping around in a bloodier Tanooki suit. You can totally play it by clicking here, but it’s hardly – what’s the word? – fun. 

PETA, let’s have a talk. There’s nothing wrong with ‘loving animals’ (which is tantamount to having an organization called ‘Yay Sunshine!’) but aren’t there more important things in the world than rehashing a 20 year old video game just so you can prove a misguided point? I can understand the sentiment – GOD knows I love animals and the hot dog I had for lunch is probably several of them. But isn’t there a better way to go about this besides acting like a spurned girlfriend at her ex’s wedding? Clearly, PETA is doing this for attention as Super Mario 3 came out in 1990 and they’ve probably been saving this little nugget of spite since then. You can’t take a company that pulls these kinds of publicity stunts seriously, which is why we’d like to take this time to remind you that PETA killed 86% of the animals in its North Carolina shelters in 2003. So there’s that. 

The thing is, PETA take such a hard stance on the ‘loving animals’ thing that they seem to forget about the humans that make the decisions not to kill them; alienating them with ridiculous messages like this. More power to them as I’m certain that they’ll get some publicity out of this, but damn, lay off Mario, will ya?

PETA Targets Matt Damon Flick

No mater what you think of PETA, there is one thing to be said of them: they never miss out on an opportunity for publicity. With rampant headlines of the Ohio farmer who shot himself after letting loose a bunch of exotic animals including a herpes monkey (who by the way, now has an inevitable but still hilarious Twitter account), they’re speaking out against people owning wild animals by targeting Cameron Crowe’s upcoming Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson flick We Bought a Zoo.

The film centers on a single dad who purchases a house out in the country as a way to get his family back together, but doesn’t realize there is a zoo on the property. It’s loosely based on the true story of a man with the most shady real estate agent ever, and in the end, helps bring the family closer together in what we can only expected to be a snuggly warm moment of an animal doing something awwwe-worthy.

PETA’s Vice President said in a statement:

We Bought A Zoo conveys the misleading and downright dangerous message that no special knowledge — just a lot of heart — is needed to run a zoo. As the tragedy in Ohio gruesomely illustrates, wild animals aren’t Disney characters. They have very special needs that all too often aren’t met by people who buy them on a whim because they think it would be ‘cool’ to own a tiger.”

Hmmm…clearly true, but c’mon, it would be pretty cool to own a tiger. Ask Mike Tyson.

Morning Links: Kim and Kris’s Wedding Extravaganza, PETA Launches Porn Site

● And like that, the wedding is over. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries tied the knot this weekend in front of 450 surely fabulous guests, and everything went smoothly. Kim wore Vera Wang and called Kris the “yin to her yang,” baby Mason had everyone laughing, and Lindsay Lohan partied ’til she was pooped. [E!] ● Well, mostly everything went smoothly. Sometime around 2am, neighbors called the police complaining of noise, and the party shut down early. C’est la vie. [Page Six] ● Lil Wayne is being sued by rapper Rich Rick, who says he bought rights to the Drummer Boyz “How to Love” beat sometime between 2006 and 2009. [TMZ]

● A less likely inciter than Justin Bieber, rapper Machine Gun Kelly was arrested for starting a flash mob in the food court of an Ohio mall. [NYT] ● Waka Flocka Flame’s stripped-down PETA ad was one thing, but now the animal rights group is going all out and launching a full-on porn site, and we aren’t sure we have the stomach for it. [Huff Post] ● Gisele and Tom Brady top Forbes‘ highest paid couple list, followed closely by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Down to ride ’til the very end. [Forbes]