PETA Hears From Twitter After Statement on Lagerfeld's Death

Organization defends its statement about fur
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2019 3:33 PM CST
PETA Gets an Earful After Its Response to Karl Lagerfeld's Death
Karl Lagerfeld, shown in 2013, died Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

PETA evidently saw the death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld as a fitting opportunity to make a statement about wearing fur. Not everyone agreed, People reports. Ingrid Newkirk, the organization's president, said in a statement that Lagerfeld’s death "marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis's loved ones." Many commenters on Twitter found that cold: "PETA, someone died. Show some respect," reads one sample reply. Newkirk responded to the criticism, telling People she herself used to wear fur and "there is nothing snarky in the remark that those times have passed." She added, "Slamming PETA expresses the commenters' nastiness: PETA expressed none." (PETA has a problem with these five common phrases.)

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