Khloe Kardashian has taken to the streets of New York City to tell people they should “F*** Yo Fur” by way of spray-painting the statement on the back of her floor-length fake fur coat. The incident was reported this morning by TMZ.
The Kardashians are never far from the sensationalist headlines that tend to “happen” to the rich and famous who make a living acting out on reality TV shows.
Last Thursday, Khloe’s little sister, Kendall Jenner, took to the runway of New York’s annual Fashion Week. Modeling a sheer tan shirt for Marc Jacobs, the newly minted 18-year-old maintained the model’s requisite poker face as her budding nipples were exhibited for all to see. According to US Magazine’s Web site, the teenager’s reality TV star and older sister, Khloe, started sending out Tweets chastising the “haters” for not being “dope” enough for them to understand.
Using female models and celebrities to protest the fur industry is nothing new, and Khloe Kardashian’s possibly self-serving stunt is far from the worst that the embattled industry has endured.
In the 1980s, anti-fur activists vandalized stores and the furs within them by smashing windows and throwing red paint-filled balloons at people wearing fur coats. These acts seemed to have started in and around London and the UK and were promoted via underground organizations such as Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the then-booming punk rock scene.
By the late 1980s, the actions of the ALF and those who proclaimed themselves strongly anti-fur had influenced a movement that prompted celebrities and the animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), to stage highly visible ad campaigns featuring nude models and other eye-catching publicity stunts to promote the message that “fur is murder.”
PETA’s ads have been denounced by a number of feminists for the soft-porn appeal the pictures are said to possess. In one ad on PETA’s Web site, Real Housewives of Miami’s reality TV star Joanna Krupa is wearing only underwear with a bushel of fake “fur” in them. In another, four former Miss USAs pose fully nude on a beach, squishing up against each other with what appear to be looks of on-coming ecstasy. And in one ad from February of this year that made have led to her wearing a fake fur in NYC with the word “f***,” Khloe Kardashian bared all under the caption, “Fur? I’d rather go naked.”
In 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) named the ALF a “domestic terrorist organization,” and started the nationwide hunt for one of its self-proclaimed members, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, as a domestic terrorist” for a number of acts. According to the FBI’s Web site, Overaker remains at large and the FBI has offered an award of $50,000 for information leading to her arrest.
These days, the anti-fur movement appears to have become less about fur and more about the person who is ostensibly speaking out against the trade.
One wonders if the fur industry will really be hurt if the the Kardashian attitude is to wear fake clothing with the word “F***” painted on them in NYC.
By Randall Fleming