PETA’s war On Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen is taking its toll

A History of PETA’s war to stop the Olsen Twins from wearing and using fur in their fashion designs

By DiMarkco Chandler

If you’re an entertainment junkie or even a fashion buff, perhaps you already know that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were cited again by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). The 26-year-old Olsen twins, made famous with their debut as infants on the TV series “Full House” were the subject of disparagement and ridicule in a statement from PETA made to E! News on Wednesday June 27, 2012. It seems that “the twin fashion designers received some flack from the People for Ethical treatment of Animals after creating an almost $17,000…backpack for their luxury fashion line ‘The Row’ made of patches of animal fur.” But it’s not the first time these enemies of PETA have received their vehement disapproval.

In 2006, Ashley Olsen was included on “PETA’s 2006 Worst Dressed” list for wearing fur, according to fashionmodeldirectory.com.  The caption by her name suggested that the fur “added 20 pounds, but if Ashley wants to fill out her frame, we suggest using a fork instead.” In Dec. 2007, PETA fashioned an entire campaign aimed to force the twins to forgo wearing or designing cloths using animal fur. In that year PETA dedicated “an entire website and MySpace to them,” according to gossiprocks.com.

PETA gave the Olsens pejorative nick names, calling them “The Trollsens” and individually named them “Hairy Kate” and “Trashley Trollsen.” Their MySpace reads: “Hi, we’re Hairy Kate and Trashley Trollsen, and like most trolls, we live under a bridge and wait for furry animals to walk by so we can skin them and wear them as hats. Because we’re celebrities, we don’t have to live by the same rules that ugly people like you do, and if we want to wrap ourselves up in someone else’s skin, or drape our bodies in the rotting remains of someone’s family, we totally can! And boy, do we ever.”

Nevertheless, the Olsens ignored PETA’s pleas to stop wearing fur even in spite of “Full House” parody video they released that predicted that the twins would experience a grim future as a result of not heeding the animal advocate’s warnings.

In Oct. of 2008, PETA launched a Halloween campaign that offered children and adults the opportunity to Win a Trollsen Twins Mask. Their ad on peta.org read: “Stumped about what to wear for Halloween? Forget trying to hustle up some horror out of a hockey mask and for the love of all that is unholy, please leave that tired old Scream costume in the attic where it belongs. If you really, really want to scare the hell out of people this year—go as one of the Trollsen Twins! Pelt-wearing party girls who don’t give a crap that animals are gassed, electrocuted anally and vaginally and skinned alive for their fur, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are a truly gruesome twosome.” In the same year, peta.org stated that “Hairy Kate and Trashley can’t…get enough of killing animals for their fur, whether they’re wearing it, designing with it, or paying someone to rip it off the backs of animals.”

On April 18, 2011 “atouchofluxe.com” published a report that appeared to side with the Twins when they wrote, “The twins have been a huge target of PETA for several years, facing angry mobs at book signings, on the street and many online smear campaigns. None of this dreadful behavior on PETA’s part, however, has discouraged the Olsen’s decisions to wear fur. They stick to what they believe and instead of retaliating in any way simply refuse to acknowledge these ignorant threats… Mary Kate and Ashley have showed no signs of giving in to the pressure.”

All of this has culminated to the latest tirade made by the animal-rights organization.  An article on the eonline.com website, published on June 27, 2012 indicates that PETA’s war against the Olsens is livelier than ever. In one of their statement PETA rants, “If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin—or someone wearing one of their new $16,000 totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals.” The E! article went on to say, “What the Olsen’s lack in creativity, they try to make up for in shock value. Sadly, it’s the foxes, calves, and alligators—who often have the fur ripped off them while they are still conscious and able to feel pain—who pay the dearest price.”

As I mentioned earlier, so far the Olsens have managed to survive PETA’s scathing criticisms, but with more and more people accessing their news on the internet, one wonders how long these pretty entrepreneurs can weather these relentless critiques.

9 Responses to "PETA’s war On Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen is taking its toll"

  1. liz   November 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    ^^ to the above person: are you saying that if they weren’t beautiful or successful they WOULD deserve harsh unfair treatment??? lol. promote a video with animal cruelty?? uh hello these are things people NEED to see to believe. they are opening peoples eyes TO HARSH UNFAIR AAAAND DISGUSTING TREATMENT.

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  2. Concerned Vegan.   March 8, 2013 at 6:47 am

    PETA may not be right in the way they go about certain things, but they get things DONE. Animal cruelty is a HUGE issue in the world and the things that they show in their videos really do happen. PETA may be radical, but they’re getting things accomplished. It’s necessary in the world of fur and animal abuse. If they could go about it in a friendlier way and still make an impact, that’d be fine, but no one would pay attention if they did.

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  3. Lucca   July 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Interesting how my post (which favored PETA’s beliefs that using fur is cruel) wasn’t posted while the other Pro-Fur posts were posted…how incredibly biased and unfair you website is. I’ve never encountered this type of screening before…pretty ridiculous!

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    • guardian   July 3, 2012 at 4:09 am

      WordPress has filters so if you had more than one link in your comment or used profanity it would have gotten denied. I do not delete comments even if they are negative

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      • Lucca   July 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

        I used neither links nor profanity in my original post.

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        • guardian   July 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

          Ok, I will investigate this issue,. If you wrote a comment, which I have no reason not to believe you, I will find the comment. Since you wrote it and sent it as well, it has to be in the spam folder since it did not show up for public view.

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  4. John Lavery   July 2, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I applaud PETA for their efforts on inhumane treatment of animals in processing plants, but I believe PETA is ABSURD in its practice of venomous dribble about the Olsens or anyone else who chooses to wear fur, or eat meat, or hunt. “These enemies of PETA…” when someone’s belief’s and values don’t match yours they are your enemy? Please remember this is a FREE COUNTRY at least until the Big O’ finishes dismantling it.

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  5. Matthew   July 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

    While I am all for treating animals with as much decency as possible, the idea that leather–or even fur–is “cruel” is just preposterous. PETA gives all the other millions of people working in various groups to make this world a better place a bad name.

    They are nothing but mean-spirited extremists.

    As a liberal, I consider myself somewhat to the left of Gandhi in terms of my beliefs…and these people even make me sick.

    That said…who cares about the fur aspect. Who would be $17,000 for a backpack? That’s just retarded. (The use of the word ‘retarded’ to imply someone who is dumb by choice, not those who suffer mental disabilities. In this instance, I honest think it is the most appropriate word.)

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  6. Noclue54321   July 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

    What I think is disparaging is PETA’s cruel treatment of humans…I’ve always wondered where PETA gets those videos. If the makers of the videos recieved compensation or not. It just seems extremely odd to me that they would promote a video with animal cruelty…….I would also like to say that the Olsens are beautiful and successful and do not deserve such harsh unfair treatment.

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