“Fur Is Worn by Beautiful Animals and Ugly People” says Peta. Oh, and the Olsen Twins are “Trolls”, apparently.

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This week Peta launches a new anti-fur campaign, which seems to mostly revolve around spitting out a lot of venom at the Olsen twins – or "the Trollsen Twins" as Peta have "hilariously" dubbed them. There’s a Trollsen Twins website, Trollsen Twins merchandise, a Trollsen Twins video, and the opportunity to dress up "Hairy Kate" and "Trashley".

Now, I don’t wear fur, and I agree with the sentiments behind Peta’s work. That said, as much as I don’t like fur, I don’t much like Peta either, or the childish, bullying way they go about trying to put their opinions across, and I can’t help thinking they could educate people much more effectively without all the venom and nastiness, which just serves to distract us from their real message. What does everyone else think: do you think this campaign is just a little bit OTT, or do you feel that the shock value is what’s needed here?

21 Comments

  • December 11, 2007

    Cadi

    PETA is a mess. There is too much information out there that shows they’re hypocrites. Hell, they’re out there for “total animal liberation”. That means no milk, no pets, etc. They are against culling of deer herds to prevent overpopulation, but if the deer die slowly due to disease and starvation, that’s A-OK. What?
    I wear some fur, but all second-hand stuff that I get at thrift shops. Warmth is a GOOD thing.

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    • December 10, 2012

      tashi ito

      PETA is a mess!? Is their hair done all crazy or something? Or do you mean in the sense that they lack a coherent idea that is worth defending?
      Pardon, I didn’t read on. You have written “Hell, they’re out there for ‘total animal liberation'”.
      You’ve written that as if it is a really bad thing. Probably someone wrote that before women were allowed to vote: “hell, they’re out for all adult women being allowed to vote”. Or maybe before slavery was abolished: “dang” (yes, “dang”: that was pretty much it).
      No milk? Well that’s not true. They are possibly making the radical proposition that everyone should stick to their own mothers’ boobies. It’s weird if adult humans drink the milk of pigs, deers, cows, whatever, because (1) the baby males of that animal get brutally killed in the industrial process (see http://www.meetyourmeat.com) and (2) because cow milk is designed by nature to make baby cows grow exceedingly quickly and growth hormones are added so it’s no wonder Americans are obese.
      So starting to wonder if all this thinking, and all these ideas are what is too messy? Dang.
      A lot of money has been spent all your life by the multi-billion dollar meat and dairy organisations to cover these ideas up: especially the cruelty to dairy animals. You really need to research. Forget PETA for now, check out this website which includes on its board senior business people and even membership of an Australian High Court judge: http://www.voiceless.org.au/content/life-quiet-suffering-dairy-cow

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  • December 11, 2007

    Kelly

    PETA is one of the most dangerous organizations out there and need to be brought down. I don’t care much for the Olsen twins, but to defame them like that, is sophomoric and evil. These people have sanity issues…especially the one time they tried to convince children that their parents are evil for fishing and eating meat.

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  • December 11, 2007

    mika

    even though i pretty much dont care for the twins, it’s very degrading and i don’t find it a bit funny at all. they’re deviating us from the message that they wanna put across. it’s barbaric to the lowest level. furthermore, they’re hypocrites too since they hire celebs who also wear fur. check this out: http://deceiver.com/2007/12/06/eva-mendes-fakes-it/

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  • December 12, 2007

    Haley

    PETA are known to fund organizations which bomb animal testing facilities and places like that. Despite the fact that they do it at night when the facilities are vacant, they’re using a display of violence and destruction to make people afraid, i.e. terrorism. Then they turn around and euthanize more animals than the pounds they protest for euthanization of animals.
    And besides, Hairy-Kate and Trashley Trollsen? Eight-year-olds come up with that. Whatever anyone migt think about the Olsens, they’ve been running their own businesses longer than they’ve been driving, they can’t be immature enough to give the time of day to childish name-calling. Also, there’s something I find overly intrusive and creepy about using footage of them as babies and suggesting they be abandoned as children.

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  • December 12, 2007

    lar

    I can’t stand PETA. This “campaign” is immature & childish.
    Not all fur is bad. Where i live foxes are pests that eat native animals. If they are not shot & the fur used they are shot & then burnt or left to rot. So i have no qualms about wearing fox fur though i wouldn’t wear anything endangered.

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  • December 12, 2007

    virginia

    I’m speechless… this is so silly!!

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  • December 12, 2007

    Sophia

    i personally don’t wear fur, because it makes me itch, but it doesn’t mean im going to bombard people who do. PETA is ridiculous. People are NEVER going to listen to them if they don’t change their cruel and silly tactics!

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  • December 12, 2007

    Janet C

    I personally find the idea of anyone wearing fur to be barbaric and distasteful, but that doesn’t mean I agree with PETA’s methods. Unfortunately, however, there are many who are thick as a brick when it comes to understanding (or even acknowledging) some of the cruel ways we treat animals in the name of beauty and fashion. It can take something like PETA’s methods to get anything through to these Neanderthals. Give me a gorgeous fake fur any day!

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  • December 13, 2007

    Bunnie

    As others have commented, no one seems too big on the Olsen twins. However, this slamming by PETA is disgusting. How about spreading the slander a little, toning it down, or you know.. being mature and focusing on positives, such as faux fur. Encouraging people to find alternatives!
    And, yes, the campaign is terribly immature. I saw this a few days ago on another website and my first thought was “grow up, PETA”.
    Every time I see anything to do with PETA I am reminded of that South Park episode, where they throw blood over the kids for having a cow as a school mascot and then go back to their commune where they’re all married to animals. When you minus the trademark South Park slant, it doesn’t feel things are too far off the mark.
    Grow up PETA. Your scare tactics and hatemongering do nothing but cause harm to your own cause.

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  • December 13, 2007

    Laura V

    Basically, whenever PETA says something, I tend to believe the opposite. As other commenters have pointed out, they are a whackjob “total animal liberation” organization.
    My “favorite” PETA news story was when several PETA employees got in trouble for taking animals from shelters (claiming to be a rescue organization), and then killing them and dumping their bodies in whatever dumpsters they could find. Better dead than pets, you see.
    PETA has a VERY good PR department and have a lot of people believing that they’re an ordinary animal-rights organization with some shock tactics. Really, they’re an extremist organization, and almost no one who thinks they agree with PETA would actually do so if they did any research into PETA’s crazy “total animal liberation” ideals.

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  • December 14, 2007

    Lisa

    I think that PETA and other NGOs have a very important message and people should not forget their huge contribute. I mean, it’s so easy to forget all about the labor conditions of the people who made your Christmas party dress or the living environment of the animal behind your new leather shoes. Make a cute item of fashion and put a designer label on it, and all of the ethical questions go out the window. WHY?? I get frustrated and wonder why we can’t have both! I mean, just check out Linda Loudermilk — she’s got some good fashion going on, while “sustainability” is the company mantra. You go girl!!

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  • December 15, 2007

    peri

    peta is totally insane. thats so childish!

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  • January 5, 2008

    iris EDGE

    HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    they should learn from this
    because this is the TRUTH

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  • January 12, 2008

    samm

    people don’t feel pain and do not have no right’s
    animal’s feel pain and have right’s ha you people suck peta rock’s!! why are you people talking about peta??? huh??? how can you not care about animal’s being skinned alive??? huh???? you people are sick eww eww get a life.

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  • August 3, 2008

    yoon

    I dissagree with most of these commenters, I think fur is a verry sad thing, and personaly think it look so cave-man when wearing it. I’m an ethical vegan at that, but I have to agree with the fashion police, PETA’s campains are verry childish and ineffective.

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  • September 18, 2008

    Anna

    I think wearing fur is an awful thing, but the website is just gross and immature.

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  • November 22, 2008

    Tia

    I think that although it is wrong to kill animals for clothes or even meat when we don’t absolutely need it, PETA have gone about stopping this in a very strange way. This is just childish bullying and it is unlikely to make a difference-except it will stop people from listening to PETA as much.
    I don’t think that Mary-Kate and Ashley should wear fur or use it in their fashion line, but PETA are acting in a very strange way. People do look ugly when wearing fur, in my opinion, and leather too. However, PETA must be stupid if they think that bullying is going to change many of their fans perspectives. It changed mine because i relaised they wore fur, but it has also changed my perspective of PETA in a bad way as well.

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  • April 15, 2009

    Alison

    I agree with the things that PETA is pushing for, and for the most part I understand why they act the way they do.
    I live in southern Mississippi, and I’ve seen the garabage bags on the side of the road full of the body of a beheaded deer.
    I know people who leave their animals in their homes or tied in their backyards when they evactuate for hurricanes.
    Sometimes being childish and immature is the only way to capture the attention of a childish and immature people.
    And also, PETA is probably focusing more on the younger generation; while it’s not impossible to teach an old dog new tricks, it’s sure easier to start with the young dogs.
    But yeah, the trollson thing was kind of stupid…I remember seeing that for the first time and just thinking ‘wow….wow’.

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  • September 4, 2009

    Diandra

    Wow, real mature PETA.
    God, I hate them! (and I don’t really use that term lightly)
    I hate scare tactics, which they use CONSTANTLY. I mean, you can get people to agree with you WITHOUT scaring them, showing them disturbing and probably fake images, and making them feel bad! Yeah, animal abuse is wrong! Thanks for sharing, we all know that!
    And I also think it’s so stupid when people make up mock-names for things they don’t like. Example: “Aber-zombie” and stuff like that. I bet PETA editors were a riot at recess huh!

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  • August 15, 2010

    Spark

    Eh… I would say their statement is mostly true though. Fur normally does accompany ugly people whose pockets overflow with cash.

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