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From: DawnWatch <[email protected]><br><br>
Date: June 19, 2006 4:58:27 PM EDT<br><br>
Subject: DawnWatch: TMZ getting slammed for airing Beyoncé fur cruelty controversy footage 6/19/06<br><br><br><br><br><br>
There is a controversy brewing on TMZ.com, a hot new celebrity news site, run by Harry Levin, who was the executive producer on the syndicated television show "Celebrity Justice." That show, which looked at celebrity run-ins with the law, won repeated Genesis Awards for its recurring focus on animal issues. When a celebrity attached his or her name to animal friendly legislation, the show would often cover the issue including graphic footage of whatever abuse was being tackled.<br><br><br><br>
Last week, on his new venture, TMZ.com, Harry Levin chose to air footage of a dinner meeting between Beyoncé and PETA representatives. Unable to get Beyoncé to agree to meet and discuss the use of fur in her fashion line, PETA put in the highest bid on an eBay auctioned dinner with the star. Beyoncé had no idea she was dining with PETA folks. The TMZ.com site tells us,<br><br>
"As they sat at the table, Beyoncé, who has a fashion line with her mother that uses fur, had no idea what was coming. After placing their orders, the PETA members confronted the singer."<br><br><br><br>
You can watch video of that confrontation on the site at <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/15/beyonce-ambushed-by-peta-at-nobu/" target="_blank">http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/15/beyonc...-peta-at-nobu/</a><br><br><br><br>
At the bottom of that web page there is survey asking "Was PETA out of line?" As I send out this alert the Beyoncé fans unconcerned with animal cruelty are ahead. Please vote.<br><br><br><br>
On that page TMZ has also posted, as a "related link," the "Pamela Anderson Anti-Fur Campaign movie" (<a href="http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs.asp?video=pam_anti_fur" target="_blank">http://www.petatv.com/tvpopup/Prefs....o=pam_anti_fur</a> )<br><br>
It is hard to watch, but in keeping with the idea that we must not refuse to see with our eyes what they must endure with their bodies, I urge anybody who is not familiar with fur production to check it out.<br><br><br><br>
Today, Monday June 19, Harry Levin's blog is headed, "Note To Beyoncé's Dad -- Back Off"<br><br><br><br>
Levin writes,<br><br>
"The undercover video we posted last Friday -- showing how PETA ambushed Beyoncé at Nobu restaurant in New York City -- has triggered a pretty big debate.<br><br><br><br>
"I'm not trying to put myself out as a moral compass, but there are some undeniable truths here. First, the process of creating fur is an ugly, brutal and arguably torturous business. As for whether it's an acceptable practice, well that's the subject of legitimate, intense debate.<br><br><br><br>
"I'm more than a little surprised that people are shocked that PETA went after Beyoncé. Remember, Beyoncé does more than wear fur -- she has a line of clothing that includes fur. It's one thing if PETA broke into Beyoncé's house, but for cryin' out loud, confronting her at Nobu... You put yourself out on an issue of intense emotion, what on earth do you expect?<br><br><br><br>
"Beyoncé's dad/manager went ballistic on TMZ, but we will not take this video down. First of all, we didn't shoot it. Second, it's a legit story. We do not sanitize news and present only what is acceptable to celebs and their relatives. We won't be strong-armed by bullies and threats. That's it."<br><br><br><br>
The blog is followed by reader comments. No doubt past positive feedback from the animal advocacy community (Genesis Awards, for example) has encouraged Levin to continue to weave animal protection messages into his celebrity pop culture ventures. He is currently getting slammed, by Beyoncé fans, for his blog. Please go to <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/19/note-to-beyonces-dad-back-off" target="_blank">http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/19/note-t...s-dad-back-off</a> and send him some more support.<br><br><br><br>
Yours and the animals',<br><br>
Karen Dawn<br><br><br><br>
(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at <a href="http://www.DawnWatch.com" target="_blank">http://www.DawnWatch.com</a>. To unsubscribe, go to <a href="http://www.dawnwatch.com/cgi-bin/dada/dawnwatch_unsubscribe.cgi" target="_blank">http://www.dawnwatch.com/cgi-bin/dad...nsubscribe.cgi</a> You are encouraged to forward or reprint DawnWatch alerts but please do so unedited -- leave DawnWatch in the title and include this tag line.)
 

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I tried posting a comment, but it didn;t come up. Do they first review it then post it?<br><br>
I worked so hard on it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":help:">
 

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Go TMZ!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"> And another example of Peta making me proud! They handled themselves very professionally and Beyonce just sat there like a little kid unable to speak for herself only muttering "it's uncomfortable". Puh-leeze! If simple conversation about fur is uncomfortable, try having 1000 watts of electricity shoved up your butt Beyonce! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:">
 

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I actually read a longass list of comments on concreteloop before I watched the video. I'm no longer a member of peta for my own reasons, and from what I was reading in their comments, I was like "Oh great...I can only imagine what peta did.."<br><br><br><br>
Then I watched the video.<br><br>
I thought it was VERY well done. There was no "confrontation." They were simple questions inbetween (complete bs, in my opinion) compliments; i.e. "You're so beautiful and talented, why do you feel the need to wear fur" etc.<br><br><br><br>
People are acting like these loud-mouthed protestors came storming in Beyonce and her mom while they were having a quiet lunch date or something.<br><br>
Peta PAID money (that went to charity, nonetheless) for this luncheon/dinner/whatever. It was quiet, it was calm, there was nothing wrong with it. Hell, the girls could have actually been beyonce fans!<br><br><br><br>
ETA: Didn't you love the part where they said they've visited the farms that the animals come from, and that it's very humane? When asked how they're killed, they said needles. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/inquisitive.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":stinkeye:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ElliottsMom</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I can only see the first 15 comments.</div>
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Under the 15, you see "next 15 comments" click that.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>raw jess</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Under the 15, you see "next 15 comments" click that.</div>
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I've worked in the fashion industry for over 25 years (factory floor level). Perhaps it'd surprise you to know just how many people who work inside the business are vociferously opposed to the fur trade. One of the bloggers in our network was doing coverage of last week's fall fur fashion week 2006 (a trade show) and I think she was caught off guard by how many of us refused to cross post her entries (she had interviews with fur designers, their showrooms etc) and furthermore, we had a lot of negative things to say about her series. She tried to scoff off the criticism calling the vegetarians in the group hypocrites because we "eat dead lettuce" and proclaimed herself the voice of reason and objectivity as she'd been waldorf educated. Of course, she portrayed Peta sympathizers as irrational at best.
 

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I sometimes wonder about...<br><br><br><br>
People will tell someone "how horrible fur is, how they would never wear it, they could never imagine ever using it." All while wearing a leather belt, a leather wallet, leather shoes and driving in a leather adorned car. Is cow skin somehow not as precious as fox skin?<br><br><br><br>
I guess those are the same people who will say eating a dog is a horrible offense, but eating a pig is o.k.
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">People will tell someone "how horrible fur is, how they would never wear it, they could never imagine ever using it." All while wearing a leather belt, a leather wallet, leather shoes and driving in a leather adorned car. Is cow skin somehow not as precious as fox skin?<br></div>
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In their mind the cow is already being killed for it's meat, so it's being resourceful to use it's skin, whereas they may think the other animals are only being killed for their fur (though that's not true). They also see fur animals as being killed purely for vanity reasons rather than for clothing since fur is used pretty much as a status symbol of wealth most parts of the United States.
 
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