A feud between Lady Gaga and animal rights group PETA has been in danger of flaring up for a while.
GaGa has now spoken out about her apparent choice to start wearing fur, and has written an open letter to silence her critics and explain her position on the subject.
Hostility between Lady G and PETA started when the fashion loving pop star had been pictured in fur. This lead PETA VP Dan Matthew to post on the group’s website,
“Many of your gay fans, I among them, have long admired what you told Ellen [DeGeneres]: ‘I hate fur and I don't wear fur.’ I included a link because these recent photos of you in fox and rabbit and with a wolf carcass make it appear that you have amnesia.”
Matthews then went on to suggest that GaGa is making herself a target just like Kim Kardashian, who was flour bombed earlier this year for wearing fur.
GaGa decided to hit back and in a letter on the Little Monsters website, the singer has explained that she now wears fur because to her it’s art. She also asks that everyone respect her opinion as she respects others.
“To the fans, I want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life. We've been having over-arching conversations about society, equality and politics for the past five years, and we should continue. I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for any cause.
“I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it [hypocritical] not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, ‘Kermit’ and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan.
“I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially [because] I have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won't bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat. I have no chains about this. You see a carcass, I see a museum piece de resistance. But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this; it's a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine.”