You Saw This Coming: PETA And Other Animal Rights Groups Come For Beyoncé And Her Custom Isabel Marant Kicks

February 28, 2013  |  

I’m sure you are well aware of the fact that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) makes it their everyday business to keep an eye out on what celebrities are wearing so that they can send out a press release and verbally wag their finger at that person. And often, when they come for them, they can be very ugly. Case in point, their attack on Janet Jackson for deciding to be the face of fur brand Blackglama (“When Janet Jackson had her infamous wardrobe malfunction during Super Bowl XXXVIII, at least what popped into view of 170 million onlookers belonged to her, unlike the animal skins she drapes herself in, which are as dead as her fashion taste and her career.”) And now they have another target, and it’s Beyoncé and those custom Isabel Marant sneaker wedges that she ordered, which are made from everything from python and stingray, to crocodile and anaconda. She might love them, but PETA of course is not a fan.

“These custom-made kicks come with a high price—and it’s paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed. Although most people aren’t as familiar with the types of animals (snakes, stingrays, crocodiles, and ostriches) killed for this single pair of sneakers as they are with the cats and dogs we share our homes with, these animals are highly sensitive living beings who try hard to avoid capture and suffer enormously when trapped, netted, speared, and skinned alive.”

“We hope that Beyoncé will choose to wear more clothes from her own clothing line—which features faux fur—and that one day, she’ll go completely cruelty-free. She can always choose the cruelty-free and ‘green’ fashion favored by compassionate, chic celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway and designers such as award-winning fashion queen Stella McCartney.”

Their response was a bit toned down for PETA’s usual rants, but it wouldn’t be their first time addressing Bey’s fashion choices. They were vexed by her Super Bowl outfit, and in 2006 were miffed by the House of Dereon’s use of chinchilla, rabbit and mink fur (on what, I’m still not 100 percent sure yet because those clothes don’t usually look high-end fur-worthy…), as well as her choice to wear fur for red carpet events. Animal aid was also vocal about these custom Wild Kingdom a** Isabel Marant kicks, as their director, Andrew Tyler, labeled the singer’s choice to order these interesting yet somewhat obnoxious shoes as a “brazen publicity stunt. The less that is said about it the better.”

Hmmm, all this anger over these shoes for some reason makes me want to listen to Kanye’s “Cold”: “Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor.” But anywho, back to the topic at hand. What do you think of the shoes and the backlash they’re receiving?

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