PETA has made some news again... I should clarify by saying it was recent news. No, it was not highlighting some starlet with red paint after wearing a fox fur to a cotillon but a response to a New York Times piece. I am not sure if they coated the New York Times Building with paint and I will have to get back to you on that. No, it seems that have expressed their outrage over the publication of a skinned chicken in a provocative and "sexy" pose. I did not know there was a pose where a skinned chicken could look "sexy" but evidently the New York Times has found it. For your consumption:
You know... I take it back. This bird is looking good nay delicious. It has me thinking thoughts that I have not had in my head before like a red wine marinade or a good old fashioned deep fry. Oh, I want to slather you in gravy and then eat you... I apologize, I do not know what came over me. Seriously though, this image is at first glance, a humorous positioning of a chicken. Further viewing, it loses humor and is just a chicken. Honestly, the image does not fit the rest of the article and I doubt the editor of the Dine and Wine section of the NY Times figured this image would create controversy.
Wondering what the thoughts of the People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals? Oh, I know you are. PETA’s founder and president, Ingrid Newkirk, this isn’t either funny or sexy, “It’s necrophilia. It’s not amusing. It’s just ghastly and sickly. It’s not fitting for The New York Times.” Arguably, these are some valid points but ultimately it is an overreaction to an article discussing chicken skin tacos. Furthermore, their response highlights the why I feel that PETA is harming itself and its cause.
Approaching this article from the perspective of normal person, I do not understand the issue with it. Sure, it is kind of in poor taste and does not fit the quality NY Times as a publication (Perhaps the NY Post) but nobody (and I mean Nobody) is thinking they want a piece of that chicken outside being fried with some mashed potatoes, brown gravy, steamed veggies... Oh and a little more iced tea, please. Thanks.
Ingrid Newkirk, I am going to give you a bit of advice, quit overreacting over every little issue or you are going to continue to alienate the public whose sentiment you need to be able to further your cause. Things you should overreact about are: Dog fighting, poaching, animal abuse or any real cruelty to animals, you know, issues which people care about. Keep frothing at the mouth with the rabid fervor of Old Yeller at issues such as felt panda hats or pictures of an already deceased chicken picked up at the market(I assume photographer did not kill pluck chicken themselves) and the public will merely "yawn" and change the channel. Trust me, I am speaking from experience.