Oprah Winfrey Rallies Against Fur While Wearing Leather. Oops.

Oprah Winfrey Rallies Against Fur While Wearing Leather. Oops.-photo

Oprah Winfrey appears to be a little confused about the whole animal-rights thing. As does, ironically, animal-rights group PETA. The talk-show mogul appears in a new ad for the critter-lovin' organization dubbed Fur-Free and Fabulous, which has so far made headlines for its unauthorized use of First Lady Michelle Obama's image

But for the real controversy, we must dig deep into some troubling areas indeed—specifically, below Oprah Winfrey's belt. Where, keen students of clothing materials will discover, she's wearing a leather skirt.

Leather, for those who might not be aware, is derived from animal skin. Much like—no, in fact, exactly like—fur.

But apparently it's okay to parade around in some dead creature's flesh if you scrape the fuzz off and tan it first.

Oh well; we should probably just be grateful that Winfrey didn't decide to follow after some show-biz femmes and appear nude in the ad.

Tell us in the comments section: Is Oprah Winfrey a big, fat, stinking hypocrite, or just misunderstood?

 

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  • Laura
    Laura

    This article is stupid. Fur is disgusting because the animals are heavily abused, electrocuted, skinned alive. It's sickening. When leather is made the animal is definitely dead, little levels of abuse. Leather and Fur can not be put in the same category. Fur is disgusting. Leather is much more humane.

  • devin
    devin

    thinkofothers, I couldn't have said it any better myself...people NEED to educate themselves as to wear things come from, like how the food they are eating got on their plate and the clothes they are wearing... Someone said that shoes are leather...well, I don't even wear leather shoes. Yes, it is possible! New Balance makes vegan sneakers (the best ones that I have ever had) AND they are american made!

  • me
    me

    maybe it's faux leather

  • relative
    relative

    In my opinion there is a quite big difference today between leather and fur: leather is taken from dead animals (not killed for their skin) while often the fur is taken from animals which are killed for their fur only (and that is the "problem"). It makes a quiet big difference!!!

  • homer j. simpson
    homer j. simpson

    mmm, steak good! mmm, chicken good! mmm, pork chop good!

  • thinkofothers
    thinkofothers

    Eating animals and using their skins and furs is NOT ecologically sound or humane. Please do a little research and see how inhumane the animals are treated. Most fur comes from china. The animals are packed in cages and many are stomped on to be killed or clubbed to death. Truly horrific. In the US, animals live in factories and many never see the light of day and live in cages with no room to move. i.e. chickens, veal, pigs. It's so sad that most americans don't inquire about where their food comes from and how it's treated before it becomes their meal. If more people educated themselves, at the very least there would be many changes in how the animals live before they give us humans their lives. And you're right, leather is just as bad as fur, it's just that the fur industry is the cruelest industry-and people are finally being educated to that fact!

  • Gwen
    Gwen

    I think Oprah's image in this photo is probably unauthorized, as I cannot imagine her being retarded enough to be in an anti-fur ad with leather on. And the PETA organization is completely screwed. Now if Mrs. Obama insists her image be pulled, they'll make her out to be the ***hole that hates puppies.

  • Richard
    Richard

    Eating animals and then using their skins and furs is entirely ecologically sound. The problem is when the meat from the fur animals go uneaten or the skins from the meat animal goes unused. PETA is an ignorant organization unless their goal is the complete removal of animals from any contact with humans. An impossible task at a minimum.

  • MsCrystal
    MsCrystal

    Yeah, this is a total screw up from PETA. I always wondered what kind of shoes they wore as most are made from leather.. some are made from plastics. Are they all vegans? And waht about the habitats of these animals? Do they get down to the basics or is it just a fur coat thing that most people wouldn't wear anyway? I am TOTALLY for protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment. But at the same time, let's not get crazy and fanatical about the entire idea that we are in a food chain.

  • Jake
    Jake

    Oprah never claimed to be an animal rights activist, PETA's use of her in the add is unauthorized. Also, this picture is several years old so her views may have evolved over the years. Also, how do you know the skirt is real leather? Lastly, if you want to push the hypocrisy issue to its logical conclusion, then what about the fact that most of these women are not vegetarians?

  • Jake
    Jake

    Oprah never claimed to be an animal rights activist, PETA's use of her in the add is unauthorized. Also, this picture is several years old so her views may have evolved over the years. Also, how do you know the skirt is real leather? Lastly, if you want to push the hypocrisy issue to its logical conclusion, then what about the fact that most of these women are not vegetarians?

  • jenny
    jenny

    How brain-dead is this?! Nice going Oprah!

 
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