Real quick about the fur: I really don’t know if it’s real or not. The coat she was wearing before is Hermes, and after doing a bit of research, I didn’t learn anything. Some people say that Hermes “simply does not make faux fur coats,” while others insist that the coat that Lady Gaga was wearing was fake. And as for that pink number you see above, that’s Armani, and PETA claims to have confirmed that it’s real fur. I don’t know if I buy that, but I did see that Armani, after claiming that PETA made him see the light in 2007, does still use real fur in his collections.
As for Lady Gaga herself, she won’t say whether or not her coats are real, but she does have a bunch of other stuff to say about fur. Here’s a little note she posted on her website:
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. 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 hypercritical 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 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 pièce de résistance. But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this, its a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine. And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous.
So did Gaga think that hot pink mess up there was an “absolute art piece of a coat” then? And does anyone else think it’s a little strange that she thinks it’s a “fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals,” but she’s going to keep on wearing her furs anyway? Most people I hear debate about the value of fur coats seem to believe that the animal doesn’t suffer, but it seems like Lady Gaga does believe that animals suffer, but she thinks fashion is more important than that. Well, all that or she’s just trying to keep people talking about her. Either one of those things.
And regardless of what you think about fur or the origins of Lady Gaga’s fur, can’t we all agree that her statement that “Kim Kardashian is fabulous” deserves an uproar?