Leave Us Out Of It!
Apparently a senior VP (a gay man named Dan Mathews) at PETA sent a letter to Lady Gaga’s representative subtly threatening the pop star for donning a dead wolf on a movie poster.
What is this I don’t even….
I’m not a Lady Gaga fan. I find her music to be boring and I think she’s overrated. But more than that, I feel that she exploits the LGBT community to make money, and that pisses me off. I have attended one of her concerts (my boyfriend is a big fan), and it was seriously one of the worst concert experiences of my life. I spent a couple of hours being yelled at by her as she literally screamed to the audience about how they could be just like her one day! MOTHERFUCKER! (She yelled that at the audience numerous times.) And hey everyone, differences don’t matter and it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor or brown or white or gay or straight!
Yeah, tell that to all the homeless people with backstage passes or the impoverished people with their $250 nosebleed seats.
I’m also not a fan of PETA. Among other tactics, PETA uses sexism, racism, domestic violence, sexual violence, fat shaming, homophobia, and transphobia to spread its message that people should treat animals ethically. Hey, I’m all for the ethical treatment of animals.
I’m also for the ethical treatment of people, and PETA has a horrendous track record of treating people with respect and dignity. Hey, someone should make PETP! There is already a PETZ—I will be donating promptly!
Back to this letter. First, just a helpful hint to this Dan Mathews guy on making first contact with someone you have beef with (get it? Beef!): Don’t be a fucking assclown. Instead of hurling accusations at someone, why not ask them for clarification? Instead of threatening to attack them like you have other celebrities, why not ask for a statement? Or, better yet, why not start a non-horrible campaign to raise awareness about the horrific fur industry?
But what I’m more bothered by is the attempt to use gay people to make a point. I’m annoyed that Gaga exploits gays to sell records. I’m annoyed that Dan Mathews tries to appeal to Gaga’s love of the gay community to shame her:
Many gays are animal advocates because we recognize that the same arrogance and indifference that some have toward animal suffering has at times been directed toward us personally because of our orientation.
Citation needed. I don’t doubt that there are a few people that might feel this way, but seriously? I have known plenty of marginalized people who are vegetarians and vegans and are so because of ethical reasons (and many others for environmental reasons). But I’ve never once encountered someone who claimed they were a vegan because of queer oppression. That seems like quite a leap to me. If that’s the case, I’d love to hear the reasoning.
In the end, I think there’s a way for Gaga to be supportive of social justice and not exploit the queer community (like stop appealing to post-identity as if people’s real life situations are unimportant). I’m not sure there’s a way for PETA to do anything decent, but at least stop dragging us queer people along for the ride.
For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don’t forget to credit the designer HERMES. Thank You! LOVE, gaga