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Lady Gaga Loves Fur

6a00d8341c730253ef0177441b1395970d-250wiEarlier this summer, Andy began chronicling the growing animosity between PETA and Lady Gaga, after the songstress appeared in a b-movie promo poster dressed in what looked like a wolf carcass. At the time, PETA vice president Dan Matthews warned Gaga: "... you're making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian." (Kardashian had recently been flour-bombed by a PETA activist.)

Gaga, it appears, doesn't much care: She was spotted and photographed wandering around Cologne this week wearing what looked like the carcass of an arctic fox.

Though I cannot find the post, ABCNews notes that Gaga has posted this message to her website:

I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypercritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, 'Kermit' and not to mention meat, that I have already worn.

You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance.

Gaga proceeded to condemn PETA's "violent, abusive, and childish" brand of activism.

In 2009, Lady Gaga appeared on Ellen and described and condemned the wearing of fur:

Ellen DeGeneres quickly turned the conversation to fashion with Lady Gaga running down a list of her costume and hat designers ... One costume that has been dubbed the Kermit The Frog outfit was made by designer Jean de Castelbajac, and looks like a bunch of Kermit The Frog puppets glued together to make a top. Lady Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres, "I really loved that one in particular because I thought it was a commentary on not wearing fur, 'cause I hate fur and I don't wear fur.

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  1. Was she wandering or was she just pensive?

    Posted by: Pyre | Sep 9, 2012 9:29:35 AM

  2. I just don't like female pop performers, period. They're almost all fake. They have what I call FASS (female attention-seeker syndrome). They use the music industry as a stepping stone to make a lot of money in other areas like perfumes, movies etc.

    The worst thing that modern gay men did was to worship these female pop performers. Face it - they're fake. Our worship of them proves that we are fake too.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 9, 2012 9:40:44 AM

  3. Fame kills.

    Posted by: stranded | Sep 9, 2012 9:54:39 AM

  4. really disgusting of lady gaga.

    She become so self-indulgent, it's nauseating.

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 9, 2012 10:06:43 AM

  5. Her explanation is really gross. Increasing, I am just seeing a carcass, too, and I don't mean the fur.

    As for Jason, your comment is also gross. What makes you think male pop performers are any less fake? And why is it "fake" to make money by branding yourself? Who is the arbiter of what is real and grounded?

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Sep 9, 2012 10:12:37 AM

  6. For some perspective: PETA is against people owning pets and wants to see farm animals released into the wild.

    People with pet cats and dogs are their enemies. People developing AIDS drugs using animal testing are their enemies. Just because PETA also happens to be against fur doesn't make them "good people".

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Sep 9, 2012 10:22:17 AM

  7. Am I not allowed to change my mind?

    Posted by: LADY GAGA | Sep 9, 2012 10:31:30 AM

  8. @Matthew

    Ignore Jason. He used to comment on Queerty but I think people finally scared him away. He's tremendously sexist and often homophobic, anti-bisexual women (his big line is "they do it to turn on sleazy straight guys") and seems to think all men are bi. Troll or just really stupid?

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 9, 2012 10:47:51 AM

  9. @Matthew

    Ignore Jason. He used to comment on Queerty but I think people finally scared him away. He's tremendously sexist and often homophobic, anti-bisexual women (his big line is "they do it to turn on sleazy straight guys") and seems to think all men are bi. Troll or just really stupid?

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 9, 2012 10:47:54 AM

  10. Damn Chris, not only do you not add to the conversation at hand but you seem absurdly obsessed with gay blogs and their commenters. Step away from the computer for a second chief. And yeah, once an "artist" starts making more headlines because of their antics instead of their art, it's time to tune out.

    Posted by: MikeSin | Sep 9, 2012 10:55:35 AM

  11. Really stupid troll...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Sep 9, 2012 10:55:54 AM

  12. I think Towleroad should do the same as Queerty and make it necessary to login now to make comments, as it helps to minimize the impact of trolls.

    Jeremy Hudson and Mark Kanemura were / are pretty much my only interest in Lady Gaga.

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 9, 2012 10:58:48 AM

  13. PETA hurts the cause for animal advocacy. Donate your time and money to the Humane Society or a local group.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 9, 2012 11:02:37 AM

  14. No she was NOT wearing a carcass. She was wearing the skin with the fur still on the hide. Much like your leather shoes but with out the hair. Or your belt with out the hair/fur, or you leather jacket with out the hair, or your leather cap with out the hair. Or maybe you sit on a leather sofa, or you have a leather in your car. ALL are animal skins with out fur or hair.

    Wearing the pelts of endangered animals is wrong, NOT because they are animal hides but because they are endangered.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Sep 9, 2012 11:20:26 AM

  15. If you eat meat you have no right to say anything, hypocrites.

    Posted by: Jake | Sep 9, 2012 11:40:43 AM

  16. Sargon, sorry, but nice try... leather is not the same thing as fur and you can't equate them.

    We as humans eat cow meat and other meat because by nature we are carnivores. While vegetarian diets can provide proteins if followed carefully and wisely, it's still part of our nature to eat meat.

    Since we are already killing the animal (and I agree that modern farming techniques are barbaric) then I see no shame or guilt in also wearing leather... at least we are using all parts of the animal and not putting any of it to waste.

    However, killing foxes, wolves, sables, ermines, minks, etc. SOLELY for their fur is reprehensible (especially if they are endangered animals) and should never be encouraged. With so many modren fabrics to keep us warm in a cold climate, we no longer need to wear fur, so killing them for fashion's sake only is disgusting.

    So yes, Lady Gaga SHOULD be called out on this, even if you disagree with all of PETA's policies and viewpoints. If she is not clarifying on whether the fur is real or fake, then it's obviously fake. Why wouldn't she just say it was fake if it was and avoid the negative publicity, especially if she's said she hates fur in the past? Yes, we know she's a fame "monster", and she's open and proud of that, but even suggesting that it's possible she's wearing real fur is condoning the use of it. Her "carcass or art" statement is really irresponsible. She should be shamed and ashamed. Maybe aside of being called Lady Xerox, she should also be called Cruella...

    Posted by: graphicjack | Sep 9, 2012 11:46:26 AM

  17. Fix the article

    It says "wondering" around Cologne and should say wandering unless you were intentionally trying to make a pun (???) Seems like it is just an error that was missed.

    Posted by: Matt | Sep 9, 2012 12:43:48 PM

  18. I have always thought that "Jason" and "Rich" were the same troll since they both post commentary that rails against the "feminization" of gay male culture, as well as, uh, other veiled homophobic comments.

    As for Lady Gaga, well, uh, should we actually care?

    And, finally, to BKT, please, once again, SPELL CHECK! (Or, at least read the damned stuff before you toss it up here).

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 9, 2012 12:48:34 PM

  19. Just hammers home the point that she's really just a kid with an inflated sense of self-importance. Not really someone I'd devote my time to idolising, though I'm not really in favour of idolising any celebrities.

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 9, 2012 12:58:30 PM

  20. If you think an animal is just so beautiful it must die to satisfy your lust for power and beauty then you are seriously screwed up. This game that gaga is playing isn't winning any fans. Whether the furs are faux or not, flaunting animal carcass for fame-hits shows a real disconnect with her previously admirable positions on respect and dignity for all. Let her wear her own family members and see how that looks. How about a few of her little monsters. Anyone want to get photographed wrapped around Lady Die?

    Posted by: stranded | Sep 9, 2012 1:03:15 PM

  21. Way to go, Gaga! PETA is a horrible organization that has extreme views. If you want to fight for animal rights, there are other organizations that you can go to. Also, since when do characters a person represents actually define the views of the actor? Neil Patrick Harris portrays a chauvinistic straight male on HIMYM, but he obviously doesn't share that person's views.

    Posted by: Phillip | Sep 9, 2012 1:31:09 PM

  22. when is gaga going to do a duet with Cyndi Lauper?

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 9, 2012 1:40:40 PM

  23. why the hell is she even wearing fur in late august/early september?

    Posted by: alguien | Sep 9, 2012 3:13:43 PM

  24. PETA might be a bunch of hacks pulling attention-seeking stunts, but so is Lady Gaga.

    At least PETA have a cause.

    Posted by: InscrutableTed | Sep 9, 2012 3:52:11 PM

  25. Her statement on this was really appalling. Anyone still under the impression that she's intelligent or truly progressive is pretty quickly disillusioned by reading it:

    Posted by: JD | Sep 9, 2012 4:01:37 PM

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