She’s sparked controversy after being photographed out and about wearing a series of fur jackets in recent weeks, but now Lady Gaga is hitting back at PETA after the animal rights organization criticized the singer.
In an open letter to the “Born This Way” hitmaker, PETA accused the 26-year-old of being a hypocrite and a “turncoat” for changing her views after she told Ellen DeGeneres, “I hate fur and I don’t wear fur.”
The organization went on to tell Mother Monster that she’s making herself “a target, just like the mindless Kim Kardashian,” who was infamously flour bombed by a PETA supporter in March.
Gaga first responded to the organizations letter via Twitter early this week, writing, “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,” she wrote. “Thank you!”
However, as the criticism escalated, Gaga defended her actions in a statement posted on her fan site LittleMonsters.com.
“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.”
She adds, “I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE.”
“Particularly one that I respect. ‘Animal Rights.’ 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.”
The singer concludes, “I respect your views, please respect mine. To campaigners, save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous.”