By now, everyone is pretty aware of Lady Gaga‘s meat dress at the VMAs, right? It’s kinda hard to walk around looking like a giant steak and have people ignore you. The Franc Fernandez designed “dress” shocked, amazed, delighted, and as expected, ticked off quite a few people. A few probably thought it was a really great idea in case Gaga felt like having a bit of a snack. Peel off a strip and throw it on the BBQ!
But there’s a whole other side who now have beef (sorry, we had to do it) with everyone’s fave provocateur. Who expected PETA to get their non-meat pants into a twist? We did! And their statement didn’t disappoint, coming straight from the Prez of PETA, IngridÃ‚Â E. Newkirk who elucidated with, “Lately, Lady Gaga has been having a hard time keeping her act ‘over the top’. Wearing a dress made out cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people who are upset by butchery than who are impressed by it.”
Point made. But then she got to the meaty part (apologies again, we can’t help ourselves) saying, “Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn’t want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots — not too attractive, really.” Eww. Ewww. EWWW.
(Hi PETA, this is Ambika Muttoo from the FabLife. I’ve been vegetarian for a very long time (no seafood even, I promise) and I actually found that statement more gross than its subject. Actually… I didn’t find the dress gross at all because there’s this little thing called “free will” that you really can’t mess with. Thanks y’all! Big fan.)
So, with all the “decomposing” going on, Gaga sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to clear the air saying, “Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment free human being on the earth…” We pause for a little giggle at that statement. Then she explained her meat dress, adding, “However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening, if we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.”