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.