Thingish Things

Earth to PETA

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Mar• 03•11

Cows are taking a beating — at least in New York where I live.

Every girl/woman/lady who walks by me is wearing leather boots half way to her — all the way to her knees.

They’re suede. Patent leather. Rawhide. Tassled. Black, red, blue, green. And all of them T-A-L-L.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the things. All guys do. It’s some primordial thing I can’t explain. One look and we are inspired to action of one sort of another. But other than that, there is nothing utilitarian about these boots. They are strictly fashion, fashion, fashion.

The question I have is where the heck is PETA?  You know, People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals — the ones who protest in the buff and throw red paint on old ladies in fur coats.  Where have they been this fashion season?  Are they blind to this, this…cowacide? I mean for godssake, a bovine could develop a complex. Don’t they count? Or do PETA protesters only strip naked for minks and marsupials?

Pencil-mustachioed ex-Dior fashion designer John Galliano is the only fashionista taking a beating these days in the press, he for idiotically claiming allegiance to Adolf Hitler. A quick look at Galliano, though, deeply undermines his claim. He is far more Artist-Formerly-Known-as -Prince than Dead-Nazi-Formerly-Known-as-Goebells. Not exactly Third Reich material.

The one who should really get it is the fashion designer who started this boot craze. He should be tarred and feathered by PETA — then tearfully hugged by the rest of us with a gratitude like that showered on De Gaul entering Paris.


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  1. Me says:

    Hello, shark. Did something just fly over you? (Kidding, Billy, kidding!!!)

  2. Your Friend says:

    PETA has decried this very issue. There was quite a split in the organization about the fur attacks that you mention and they have done much in the last 5-8 years to distance themselves from their more radical affiliations. They are mostly decent people, if decidedly kooky, who care about an issue that very people even acknowledge. They are also privately funded with no government funds of any kind. At least you have to like that, don’t you?

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