For those of you who don't know, Cindy Crawford is a super model who, years ago, made the mistake of appearing to appear in a PeTA add ("I'd rather go naked than wear fur"). Recently, she posed for the fur industry. PeTA is outraged, accusing her of having sold-out:
Furious animal rights protestors are set to shame Cindy Crawford into hanging up her fur by plastering her image all over Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard.
Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are outraged by their one-time supporter's 'sell-out' after the model posed for fur giant Blackglama's upcoming fashion campaign - a decade after she featured in one of PETA's first 'I'd rather go naked than wear fur' posters.
The animal rights group aren't planning to let Crawford's u-turn go unpunished - PETA members will brandish giant posters of Crawford's anti-fur photo emblazoned with the word "Sell-Out" outside the model's favourite trendy hangout, the Whiskey Bar, tonight.
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Sounds pretty straight forward, doesn't it? Ms Crawford once supported PeTA, then, for whatever reason, changed her ethical mind and now has no qualms about modeling fur.
But wait! There's more!
Ms Crawford denies she was ever in PeTA's camp:
Cindy Crawford, who appeared in one of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' famous "I'd Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur" ads a decade ago, is now about to model furs.
The New York Post reports that Crawford has signed on to represent Blackglama, the fur company known for its "What Becomes a Legend Most" ads that have featured Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich and Lauren Bacall.
So what happened? Did some adorable furry little critter chomp Crawford's foot? Was Crawford won over by those chinchilla scarves Martha Stewart wore to her trial?
Neither PETA nor Crawford has commented on the story. But a rep from Blackglama dropped this bombshell to the New York Post: Crawford was never in the PETA camp to begin with. The rep said the Crawford ad was the result of a doctored photo in which Crawford posed for a different purpose -- the animal rights' group logo was later added on.
The explanation was put this way by her representative, Annett Wolf:
Cindy Crawford's rep is furiously defending her now that PeTA are on her case. Cindy is the subject of a new anti-fur campaign by the animal rights group since she signed on to model Blackglama furs. And they say it's because she represented them in the early Nineties. "This is so unfair," her publicist, Annett Wolf, told the New York Times. "She's not pretending to be anything she isn't. It's so outrageous… Cindy was never a PeTA spokesperson nor has she taken a stand against fur. She was never in a PeTA campaign. All she did was one photo as a favour to Todd Oldham."
Now, we can't be sure who said what to whom, so to speak. But what we can be sure of is that PeTA has a long history of misrepresenting the truth, and claiming associations where none exist, or claiming credit for something they did not do.
In any event, Ms Crawford can look forward to being the target of a dose of PeTA's negative propaganda for awhile.
What can I say? Ms Crawford played with the wrong crowd ...