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September 13th, 2005
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Life imitates art imitates life
Around the State
March 5, 1997

SAN FRANCISCO -- Only one week after a local therianthrope activist's death, a new ad from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals depicting a dead minotaur has stirred up loud outrage among San Francisco's theri community.

The ad, which one theri group calls "utterly inappropriate and frankly appalling," is the first in a new series of PETA ads touting vegetarianism as a moral imperative. It depicts a freezer filled with slabs of beef hanging from meat hooks, and in the center, an unclothed, frozen minotaur hanging limply among them. "Now that the lines between animal and human have blurred," the ad caption reads, "how can we continue to slaughter our fellow travellers?" ...

"Far from saying that theri lives are worthless, we're trying to say that all life is valuable. (Minotaur Russell "Ember") Hill's death was a tragedy and crime, and so is every unnecessary slaughterhouse death," (PETA spokeswoman Ellen) Dunlop said.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- One month after suspending a provocative display comparing animal cruelty to slavery, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is resuming the traveling show on the West Coast.

PETA came under fire after a man began yelling that the exhibit was racist during an Aug. 8 showing in New Haven, Conn. The incident outraged national civil rights groups, who said it demeaned blacks. ...

"What we kept seeing is that the complaints always boiled down to not wanting to be compared to animals -- which is the very bias we're trying to challenge," (PETA spokeswoman Dawn Carr) said in an interview Tuesday.


* This news item is, of course, set in the Tomorrowlands Universe and is a work of fiction. The second one, though, is real.

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Date:September 14th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Darn. I had hoped that the first one was real. Still, an unclothed Minotaur would've... been a bit, well, embarassing if they showed it actually NUDE. Not exactly ad-quality.

PETA has good aims, and has some good ideas, but they can take things too far. Comparing animal cruelty to slavery is actually fairly accurate to history. Yes, it's demeaning to blacks, but it gets the image through to viewers minds, back to when they learnt about slavery in grade school.
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Date:September 14th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
As for the minotaur, I was figuring a from-behind view that would be closer to artistic nudity than prurient exposure. While minotaur butt might hold a slight whiff of scandal, the nudity component of it probably wouldn't get the sort of attention that other recent ads that took a more sexual tack have gotten.

(BTW, the article on PETA's animatronic cats having sex there is hilarious. Short version: MTV rejected that commercial because "it doesn't allow the depiction of fornication on its network" [*snort!*], and the Discovery Channel because it "pushed the envelope.")
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Date:September 14th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
*laugh* I like the somewhat contradicting message MTV gives- they show the kind of music videos that wouldn't sail in cleaner waters, but call "cats having sex" "the depiction of 'fornication' on its networks"? Well, that's the difference- it would make people queasy if animals were breeding (which is why Discovery channel isn't as popular as MTV), while they get turned on if people are "freaking" in videos.

Scandal is the food of the media when they can't get enough misery, poverty, and "local interest" items.
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