The title says its all: PETA slams Mario over use of a fur suit
That's Mario, as in the Nintendo Video Game franchise.
Now... I've said it before: I'm not really a fan of Peta.
Don't get me wrong... I'm all for being against cruelty to animals, I just prefer to go about it the Temple Grandin way:
Treat the animals kindly =
= animals remain calm =
= more animals go thorugh the shoot in a given amount of time =
= more steak for me!
(And to their credit, Peta has also recognized the work that Professor Grandin has done, even if it did mean more steaks and catcher's mitts.)
But there are two reasons why this is just stupid.
First of all... This particular Power Up has been part of the Mario franchise since 1988! If this is really such a big issue, where the fuck have you BEEN for the last TWENTY-THREE YEARS?!
Second of all...
"Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur."
Well, putting aside that it's more like, "Mario is sending the message that it's OK to be a furry," for this to have any signifigance, it relies on the age-old, and continuously unproven trope that video games somehow influence our behavior. (Beyond making us video-game addicted couch potatoes, I mean.)
And seriously... suggesting that someone is going to go out and BUY A FUR COAT becuase they saw Mario turn into a flying squirrel is infinitely more absurd that suggesting that playing Doom (sorry, dating myself), Halo, Call of Duty, GTA, etc... MAKES people commit violent crimes and/or acts of violence.
Remember: Correlation =/= Causality!
What kind of game would you expect a violent, hard-core, gun-toting gangsta to enjoy playing? My Pretty Pony?
Peta: It's about priorities. How about taking on Bullfighting in Spain? Or Cockfighting in Mexico? Or Dogfighting in Detroit? Or the Ivory trade? How about raising awareness (and money) for no-kill animal shelters? How about advocating for endagered species in ways that don't make you look like complete idiots?!
Look... I don't disagree with your cause. It is precisely because it IS so important that you've really got to stop doing such stupid shit! You're the leading voice for Animal Rights, after all! WTF?!
Oh, but, uh... One thing? I do love the naked protests! PLEASE don't stop doing those! ;)