Why I’m Not Talking about PETA
I was asked if I was going to write anything about the PETA campaign. But the reality is that — for me — it would be like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. There is so much wrong with PETA that to focus on this sole campaign dismisses everything else they do that pisses me off. And I write that as a life-long vegetarian, non-fur-wearing woman.
Really, is demeaning those with infertility any worse than their Holocaust on Your Plate campaign? Or their “Are Animals the New Slaves?” campaign? (I missed it when it was in DC, but I was told they dressed up in KKK hoods to stand by their signs.) Or their misogynistic ads objectifying women? I mean, they’ve offended me as a Jew, a woman… why solely focus on how they crap on infertile people?
There’s definitely a point to addressing how asinine they are, but so much of what they do is to get this type of attention. The majority of the world thinks PETA is manned by douchebags and avoids their website. So I have mixed feelings about sending people their way that would otherwise be ignoring PETA on any other day.
Obviously, in writing this, I just brought them to your attention therefore doing what I just said I didn’t want to do. Curse you, PETA, and your Jedi mind games.
The flip side, of course, is that you have to speak out against the PETAs of the world. Against the Robert Morris dancers of this world. Against all the groups who make idiotic choices. Ignoring isn’t always the best policy. So I fully support those who are choosing to write about the campaign and taking a stand even if I’m not. Until I am. To explain why I’m not.
So… um… no, I have nothing to say about that particular campaign because I don’t have time to unpack the numerous problems I have with PETA. And how disappointed I am in them as an organization. And how much it sucks that instead of doing good work and receiving attention that way, they stoop to enraging various groups so they’ll give them the free publicity.
Because honestly, if not for this campaign, would you have ever thought today about PETA? Or would they have remained a mostly ignored organization?
So what is the answer when this happens? Is it better to simply ignore rather than giving them what they want (the publicity; access to the eyes in your community because they’re not going to be coming over to see what PETA is doing otherwise)? Is it better to speak out?
For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, I direct you to the ever astute Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed who has been having a back and forth conversation with PETA. Because I’d rather link there than to PETA’s site.