PETA is in some hot water (again) for using first lady Michelle Obama's image in one of their ads without her permission. PETA pres Ingrid Newkirk says they didn't get Obama's permission because, well, they knew she would have said no. Since this is the same rationale I used when I "borrowed" my mom's car before I had a driver's license, I happen to know firsthand that the I-didn't-ask-because-you'd-say-no excuse doesn't work too well.
Says Newkirk, "The fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn't wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA's eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous."
Here's the ad:
That's Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood, and Tyra Banks in the ad with Obama (no word as to whether or not they gave their permission, which probably means that they did – or they just don't care enough to say anything).
Though this ad itself is pretty harmless (due in part to the fact that it just isn't very interesting), I for one am sick and tired of PETA's bullshit campaign tactics. If they aren't illegally using someone's image, they're fat-shaming everyone they can get their hands on, or objectifying the crap out of various women in order to peddle their message of respecting all life forms. I don't know about you, but it's just not working for this animal lover.