Diva Goes Down

February 24, 2010

Ice Queen, Johnny Weir, Gets Owned

Sure, it's a dirty industry. I just don't really care.

Olympic figure skater, Johnny  Weir, might not care about the animals who suffer for his vanity, but many others do. After spouting off some nasty comments about animals and animal activists, Weir has realized the emotional impact of his decision to put fur on his skating costumes and has agreed to replace it with faux. Although of course he goes down bitchily.

“I would like to announce that due to pressures and threats from a certain animal rights group, I will be changing the genuine fox fur on my free program costume that I will use in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C., to white faux fur. I made this decision after several threats were sent to me about disrupting my performance in the Olympic Games and my costume designer, Stephanie Handler, was repeatedly sent messages of hate and disgust. I do not want something as silly as my costume disrupting my second Olympic experience and my chance at a medal, a dream I have had since I was a kid. I hope these activists can understand that my decision to change my costume is in no way a victory for them, but a draw. I am not changing in order to appease them, but to protect my integrity and the integrity of the Olympic Games as well as my fellow competitors.

Just weeks away from hitting my starting position on the ice in Vancouver, I have technique and training to worry about and that trumps any costume and any threat I may receive.”

Johnny Weir is entitled to have hopes & dreams, but the animals who died for his costumes who spent their lives in tiny boxes only to be anally and vaginally electrocuted and then skinned alive are SOL.

I see Johnny changing his tune as a victory for animal rights. The issue hit the press, Johnny tried to justify the  animal cruelty he was promoting, and the devastated response was so strong from the rest of the world that he was stopped in his figure skates.

Weir goes on in this statement to talk about protecting his integrity. Huh? Doesn’t integrity have something to do with adhering to a moral code? That usually includes doing no harm, and Weir makes it clear that if it was up to him – he would harm, harm away.

Who knows what kind of threats were sent Weir’s way; not all activists function the same. Has an activist threatened to do to Johnny what he indirectly inflicts on the animals he wears? That would be… poetic justice wrong. Maybe one day people will choose non-violence for themselves without pressure from others.


Here is some other stupid shit Johnny Weir has said:

I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life. There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti. I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice.

Every skater is wearing skates made out of cow. Maybe I’m wearing a cute little fox while everyone else is wearing cow, but we’re all still wearing animals.”

Okay babe, firstly, compassion to animals includes humans. Just because people advocate the humane treatment of animals, doesn’t mean they are not contributing to human rights issues. Usually those who are concerned about animal welfare choose a non-violent lifestyle in as many ways as possible.

And for the record, the fur and cattle industry are not comparable. Leather is a bi-product of the meat industry – the fur industry exists solely for people like you. People are against wearing fur because it is superfluous. Taking down leather is a feat for another day, although there are many other materials that function just as well.

“There was a lot of attention put on a tiny piece of fur. While I do understand anti-fur activists views about fur and the fur industry, they aren’t part of my life. One thing that is horrible is when somebody pushes a belief on you like a religion. I was definitely threatened and felt very threatened. People are nuts. I’m an easy person to pick on because I’m very open I like fur and I like things that come from dead animals. It’s easy put your cause against an athlete going to the Olympic Games, it’s good free publicity for these activists.”

Let’s recap here: the attention was not on the tiny piece of fur, it was on Weir’s choice to promote fur products and the fur industry. Weir discusses people pushing beliefs on him like a religion. Got news for you hon, the fur industry exists whether you believe in it or not. The pressure you have received for your fashion choice is nothing compared to the violence suffered by the animals you’ve been wearing. Weir has tried to play the role of victim claiming that he’s being picked on because he’s a big mouth “very open”. Just not to compassion, evidently. Well the activists who have been taking advantage of your purity have not been in it for their own glory, they’re just tired of fighting the battle against the intolerable cruelty of the fur industry.

But essentially we’ll give Johnny a pat on the fur-free back for choosing faux.

His integrity is blowing our minds.

Two of Hearts

February 17, 2010

Two Hearts that Beat As One

Human + Animal = Beastiality True Love

Silly humans, fur is for animals.

Have you ever wanted to feel famous for a day? Well that was the experience Sunday as 12 activists took over the stairs at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Valentine’s Day. With thousands of camera happy people lurking around the fountain and clock, we had constant flashbulbs going off. Might have had something to do with the naked people…

This was my beginner attempt at banner making, which is an excellent thigh workout, btw, with all the hovering. The letters are made of everything from pastels, to oil paint, to tape, to gift bags, and there are also sparkles, diamond studs and tissue paper. Keep it simple.

We also had media attention, including a Russian newspaper and who I believe was Kermit the Frog.

Check out 24’s coverage here.


Behind the Scenes

Everyone loved the naked guys. From our Zac Efron look-alike who couldn’t put his clothes back on because there was too long a line-up of tweens wanting to take pics with him, to our super, super naked guy who was not afraid to go all the way for compassion and was so well-received, even families wanted to take pictures with him.

So there you go – feel famous, toned thighs – activism has its perks.


Unfurgivable

February 4, 2010

Top 3 Pro Fur Needless Violence Celebs

1)’Nye

Douche & Douchier

You don’t have to be intelligent to be famous these days; all you need is a mostly naked and mostly bald gf and cap locks:

WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE, REMEMBER THE FEARLESS, REMEMBER THE DREAMERS, REMEMBER THOSE WHO REPRESENT THE GHETTO…THE FAIRY TALE OF NOTHING TO SOMETHING. I’M BRIEFLY SADDENED BY NEGATIVE COMMENTS, BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE ARE SCARED, INCAPABLE OR JUST PLAIN IDIOTS. WE ARE THE F*CKING ROCK STARS BABY. NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE MY NIGGAS!! NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE! IT’S FUNNY TO ME WHEN FASHION BLOGGERS DOWN OUR OUFITS AND THEN SUPER JOCK OUTLANDISH SHIT ON THE RUNWAY BUT THEN THEY DRESS MAD PRUDE AND DON’T LIVE FASHION. WE LIVE IT MAN. F*CK THAT, WE LIVE IT!!! WE LIVE IT SO HARD PEOPLE LIVE THROUGH US! WE REPRESENT YOUR INNER SPIRIT!! THE CHILD IN US ALL, THE BRUTAL HONESTY, THE NAIVETY, THE BRAVE WARRIOR, THE ADRENALINE THAT ALLOWS A MOTHER TO LIFT A CAR IF HER CHILD WAS TRAPPED UNDER IT! REMEMBER, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN EVERYBODY DISSED MICHAEL JACKSON EVERY CHANCE THEY COULD. IMAGINE THE PRESSURE OF BEING A TRUE ICON. VERY FEW HUMAN BEINGS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE CONSTANT HATE!!!

For all purposes, we’ll consider ourselves fashion bloggers here.

Kanye loses his focus in the first line… something about ghettos and fairytales. Then he explains how normal people shouldn’t wear fur,  maybe, but rockstars can. But they can’t do coke, or something. Then he calls out all those who don’t wear fur for being poor dressers, or actually “mad prude” (I resent that ‘Nye – I LIVE fashion motherfucker, I F*CKin LIVE IT MAN!!!!! and don’t wear carcass). He further explains that to show your inner spirit you must steal the spirit of another. Whether this spirit is from the animal he’s wearing or from Michael Jackson, we’re not exactly sure. So in conclusion: if you want the adrenaline to lift a car off your kid, wear fur and get a girlfriend who dresses like a teletubby (we’re not saying she’s a gold digger…). Mmmkay?

BTW, it’s not just the fashion bloggers who dislike you, ‘Nye.

2)Kate Hudson

Penny Lane is Dead

I mean, Kate Hudson isn’t really about “faking it”. Just check out her acting. You want to like her, she has a cute kid with girl hair, and yet that’s where her motherly instincts stop. Kate’s fur fetish is inherited by her mother, Goldie; they romp the streets of Aspen in stolen skin. But that’s no excuse; it’s up to the younger generation to repair the mistakes of our elders, so Kate, pause from man-hopping for a moment  and nicorette yourself onto the fabulous faux out there. (Crazy – Almost Famous is on TV as I write this…) Kate, since we’re fashion bloggers 2day, we’re labeling your look: Almost Faceless, cause your boots (and probably coat) once had a face and you ripped it off of them.

3) Samantha Ronson

Lindsanity showered by flour in Paris by an activist. Thought she liked getting baked.


This is what the limelight looks like, bitches.

SaMan:

“It seems lately I am learning that there are too many people who put another species before their fellow man and that’s sad. I don’t wear fur, but I don’t think I have the right to ATTACK those who do. No one has that right.

PETA should focus their efforts on educating people on what they believe are injustices instead of seeking press via harassing those in the limelight...p.s.s. i think there are plenty of families that could have used that flour for a meal. nice job, lady.”

And there are plenty of animals who could have used that skin!

Peta’s Reply:

“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.”

@ SaMan: if you were to be attacked, which would you prefer?

a) your skin ripped off your body as you twitch in unimaginable pain?

b) having flour dumped on you?

Choices choices…

Dawn of a New Canada

April 26, 2009

Proudly Archaic

Snowflake Furs: Proudly Archaic

Interview with Megan Halprin, co-owner of Snowflake Furs:

Megan Halprin, co-owner of Snowflake Furs

Megan Halprin

(What’s funny is that Megan wouldn’t give me her name and wanted to be referred to as “someone from Snowflake”. Why doesn’t Megan want to stand behind her views?)

This is a summary of Megan Halprin’s answers, because after initially agreeing to be on camera she then refused. Megan’s feathers were clearly ruffled when I entered the store as she tried to identify who I was. She asked who I was with and I replied that I was there as an individual (my pins and stickers barely concealed). She asked what my opinion was on the protest and I said it didn’t matter because I was here to collect her opinions – here they are:

  • What is your opinion on the protesting happening outside your store right now? I think it’s uncalled for and hypocritical. Fur is no different than leather or silk. They are targeting us when many other retailers sell animal products and they themselves are not entirely free of using any animal products.
  • Why do you think there is such a backlash against fur over other animal-derived clothing? Because people don’t have cows, goats, and sheep as pets. They see the small, furry animals as cuter, more relatable.
  • Have the protesters had any negative impact on your relationship with Fairmont Hotels? No. They have had no media attention. We have been with Fairmont for thirty years.
  • Except for me. No offense, but you’re not really media.
  • Right. I’m small press, but several hundred people read this blog (update* over 1000 a day)
  • Do you wear fur? Yes. I don’t think we’re doing anything wrong. We’re not trying to cover up what we’re selling (though Snowflake no longer displays any fur in their windows). We don’t say we’re selling fake fur and have it mixed with real fur. We don’t sell dog fur, or fur from endangered species, or seal fur.
  • Would you consider selling seal fur? Seal fur has been worn in this country for a long time. When the native cultures hunt it they use the entire animal.
  • Are you aware that in Canada’s commercial seal hunt, where 300 000 seals are killed every year, the seals are killed for their skins and then simply discarded? That’s called culling. If they didn’t do this, the marine life would be off balance.
  • The protests have been going on for along time now. Are they affecting you? I just think that people have the right to make up their own minds. Everyone has the right to choose for themselves. If they want to wear fur and shop here, that’s their decision. It’s their right to make their own choice.
  • But then (the protesters) also have the right to stand in the street and protest, right? They don’t have the right to yell at people and berate our store. The way they’re acting is harassment.
  • I think the reason they’re behaving in a harassing fashion is because they feel that the animals are being subjected to even more harassing practices. How would you feel if people kept harassing you at work, calling and hanging up and trying to ruin your business?
  • I think if I was working in a store in which I may have overlooked something about the product I was selling, I might be open to what the callers were trying to say. I haven’t overlooked anything. I don’t think it’s okay to call a person’s store and hang up, or affect the business of Griffin’s Restaurant beside us – they don’t have anything to do with this. (The Shac Model in action!) People have the right to get information, but the protesters are distorting the facts. They don’t know who our suppliers are. They don’t know where our fur comes from.
  • I think they’re trying to express that all fur production is inhumane…

(I decided to end the interview here.)

Some self-insight from Snowflake:

“What will the future bring? Rokie is trying to spend less and less time in the office and is hoping to leave more and more of the day-to-day running of the company to the Head Office Team. She is still President and CEO, and continues to hold the overall vision of the company. Megan Halprin sits in the chair as CFO. With the support of our suppliers, agents, and staff we will continue to grow and thrive. Simply the best in great Canadian design has been our catch phrase for over a decade. We will continue to grow into it.”

So the questions become: Who are Snowflake’s suppliers? Who are its agents? Its staff? And would these people take their business elsewhere if they were persistently faced with the stress of being reminded of the moral implications behind the products they are selling?

Love In, Fur Out

February 13, 2009

In this Dawn of a New Era, we want to keep our skin, and so do they.

Gonna dress you up in my love

Gonna dress you up in my love

Why are animal activists so damn crazy? Because when we see the pictures of the animals being skinned alive, and other ungodly things, we see them over, and over, and over. We are haunted by them. This becomes our life experience, too, so the least we can do is stand in the street and make some noise. Our best protester at this demo was Baby Isabelle, who simply lay in her baby carriage and held a red daisy. Babies make the best protesters… the Octomommy wheels are turning : )

Check out my friend Jessie on 24hrs: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/local/2009/02/11/8356476.html

jessie

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