And Finally

PETA hit out at Gaga’s second meat costume

By | Published on Tuesday 14 September 2010

While noting that they probably shouldn’t rise to the bait that is the latest Lady Gaga stunt, and admitting it may as yet turn out that all that meat wasn’t real, PETA have again expressed their unease at the Gaga’s decision to wear a dress made of beef to MTV’s VMA Awards this weekend.

The animal rights group had already criticised Gaga for wearing a bikini of meat on the cover of the Japanese edition of Vogue Hommes magazine before she donned even more animal flesh for MTV’s big awards show.

On the latest meat costume, PETA boss Ingrid Newkirk said: “In her line of business, Lady Gaga has a hard time being ‘over the top’, and wearing a dress made from cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people upset by butchery than impressed by it-and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps it up”.

She added: “Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn’t want to die, and after being under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling with maggots – not too attractive, really”.

Lovely. As a meat eater, I don’t suppose I can justify getting too offended about the Gaga outfit on animal rights grounds but, can I just say, what a waste of perfectly good meat. Hmm, steak for dinner I reckon.

In related, though meat free news, also criticised for his costume at the VMAs this weekend was Black Eyed Pea He wore all black, and darkened his already pretty dark face with black body paint. This, according to some, was racist. Can the whole world just take an hour off to look up what “racist” actually means? I refer you to last week’s CMU Weekly, and our editor’s discussion of the most recent Morrissey incident.