PETA Puts Jennifer Lawrence On Blast Over Squirrel Skinning Joke

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If you’ve been wondering why all the kids in your neighborhood have been skinning tiny woodland animals for fun, you have no one to blame but Ms. Jennifer Lawrence herself, who cracked wise about her squirrel disemboweling scene in Winter’s Bone in her recent Rolling Stone interview. “I should say it wasn’t real, for PETA,” Lawrence joked. “But screw PETA.” Mwuh oh! Sounds like someone is looking to start an animal rights fight! Alternately, someone at Rolling Stone forgot the second “e” in Jennifer’s Hunger Games fan fiction fantasy. Can’t we pretend she was referring to Peeta? Kill two birds with one stone? Except not literally because that would just tick off PETA even more?

After peeping Jennifer’s comments, Gothamist couldn’t help but see what PETA had to say about it. “She’s young and the plight of animals somehow hasn’t yet touched her heart,” PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk fumed. “As Henry David Thoreau said, ‘The squirrel you kill in jest, dies in earnest.’ We are told that this squirrel was hit by a car, but when people kill animals, it is the animals who are ‘screwed,’ not PETA, and one day I hope she will try to make up for any pain she might cause any animal who did nothing but try to eke out a humble existence in nature.” Boyt, PETA is not going to go over so well when we’re all living Panem. Or maybe it will, since none of us will have food anyway? Only time will tell!

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