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Amanda Palmer Posts Letter Against PETA
Laurie Tuffrey , November 14th, 2012 06:21

Singer picks up organisation on new advert; watch the NSFW video for 'Do It With A Rockstar' below

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Amanda Palmer has posted an open letter of complaint to the animal rights organisation PETA on her Tumblr.

In it, she rightly takes issue with a new advert run by PETA featuring the model and actress Joanna Krupa (see below), stating that: "this ad is perpetuating really unhealthy attitudes. fear and unhappiness in the body-hair department is becoming more and more prevalent in young girls (and all women), because they feel they have no alternative [...] PETA, if you care about animals, and their health and overall happiness index, take your human animals into account alongside the rest of them."

Responding to the criticisms, Abi Izzard, special projects coordinator at PETA, told us: "Joanna Krupa is fearlessly committed to helping PETA point out that even the smallest amount of fur causes massive amounts of suffering for the animals who are caged, electrocuted and even skinned alive on fur farms. Joanna's ad for PETA humorously shows that wearing someone else's fur is always absurd and unattractive, no matter where you wear it."

Palmer's full statement runs:

"dear PETA,
this ad is really upsetting.
you’re implying that pubic hair that shows/grows “outside the pantyline” (which is normal/natural for the vast majority of us gals) is “unattractive”….this is the kind of shit Gillette and Nair would pull to hock product, and the sort of cultural beauty-standard malarkey that is contributing to a generally worrying trend…12 and 13 year old girls demanding full bikini waxes and all the shit that I think we can all basically agree is absurd.
fur, bad. yes. i’m with you.
but this ad is perpetuating really unhealthy attitudes. fear and unhappiness in the body-hair department is becoming more and more prevalent in young girls (and all women), because they feel they have no alternative. most feel like they’ll be judged if they don’t tow the party line, and an organization like PETA has more cred (you’re somewhat cool, right? you’re forward-thinking people fighting for a noble cause, right?) than a corporate hair-removal/razor company.
despite the strides of progress made by the generation of women who came before us, we’re slipping backwards. the beauty standard is presenting a more and more difficult struggle for young women. ads like this are part of the problem.
PETA, if you care about animals, and their health and overall happiness index, take your human animals into account alongside the rest of them.
compassion for all.
yours,
afp"

Palmer's recently released her video for 'Do It With A Rockstar', co-directed by the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne. It's labelled NSFW, presumably for that wanton decimation of a smoked sausage. Oh, and the nudity. Watch below:

Cyberdude
Nov 14, 2012 12:20pm

Next week AP rants against the telecommunications industry and demands a return to tin cans and string, and writes a show tune about why her shit doesn't stink.

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Carpathian
Nov 14, 2012 12:25pm

She should be writing about the shoddy keyboards that are obviously being sold today. The one she has seems to have a complete lack of Caps keys.

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Adrian
Nov 14, 2012 1:00pm

I totally agree with Amanda on this one. I'm sure PETA do great work but their ads so often feature naked models, it's a depressing and short-sighted way to try and get young people politically engaged. She's right that this approach is more like a Proctor & Gamble campaign - anyone see the 'hair monster' game on a Tampax site aimed at pre-teens a while back? Shameful.

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Tim Layton
Nov 14, 2012 3:53pm

Not so much a response, more an entirely unrelated statement.

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Sam
Nov 14, 2012 5:15pm

Mizz Palmer should consider that there have always been cultural standards of beauty, and they fluctuate throughout time.

She's all for growing her pits and pubes, so why doesn't she extend the same principle to her head, or her fucking EYEBROWS?

She's using her hair as a political statement/way to get attention. She's a 35 year old version of a precocious teenager who's more in love with the image of the artist than in producing good, honest work. She should be ignored.

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dirigible
Nov 15, 2012 11:27am

Yeah PETA suck. They are the organisational equivalent of a precocious teen-wait, somebody already used that one...

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Omega
Jul 3, 2014 6:56pm

In reply to Sam:

Hmm. Yes. We should all accept the beauty standards, and not try to alter them because that just the way it is, right? If they fluctuate, do you think it might be because people's opinions about what is beautiful change? And do you thing that one person or movement of people can have something to do with that change? That's all she's trying to do. You don't have to agree, and she doesn't have to care what a man thinks about her body/facial/cranial/any-other hair. And if you truly believe she isn't interested in producing "good honest work" then you aren't paying attention. Or your definition is incredibly narrow. Doesn't make you right. But it's really easy to criticize other people when you don't have anything meaningful or honest of your own to contribute.

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