Friday, September 30, 2011

Pullet Surprise for PETA from NYT

This photo of a seductively lounging raw chicken carcass that ran in the New York Times food section has run afoul of the the animal rights group, PETA. The story, Chicken’s Attraction Is Truly Skin Deep, says there are "white-meat people and there are dark-meat people; there are those who swear by the drumstick, thigh or breast" may be racist and misogynistic, but certainly not necrophilic as PETA claims. The NYT story is actually about the the "skin people. They are the ones who cannot help themselves around roast or fried chicken, ripping off the crispiest bits of skin before the bird makes it to the table."

The photo created quite a buzz on Twitter where one tweeter said the photo was "magnificent." Or was that about the chicken? Another said it was "sexy as hell." Still not sure - photo or chicken. Whichever, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals did not agree. Ingris Newkirk, PETA founder and president, told The Atlantic Wire, "When I saw it I just couldn't believe that an editor of The New York Times would find it acceptable. ...It's downright offensive, not just to people who care about animals but almost to everyone. It's a plucked, beheaded, young chicken in a young pose."

The Gray Lady's photo editor, Tina Loit, saw the photo differently saying, "Once he propped it up, it became a completely different vibe. The chicken had attitude." The photographer, Tony Cenicola explained his artistic choice, "My original concept was sort of a languid nude." Newkirk remained adamant, "It's necrophilia. It's not amusing. It's just ghastly and sickly. It's not fitting for The New York Times." I'm guessing she said this without the barest hint of irony.

PETA, well versed in the use of sexual enticement in their own risque ads using nearly nude photos of starlets captioned with "I'd rather be naked than wear fur" that have been running for several years and now is launching their own porn site featuring XXX stars like Sacramento's own Sasha Grey and Jenna Jameson, who's not known for her political activism, but once confessed in 2007 to supporting Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency, "The Clinton administration was the best years for the adult industry and I wish that Clinton would run again. I would love to have him back in office. I would love to have Al Gore in office."

We must certainly take PETA seriously now that they have the heavy hitter intellects of porn supporting them and their cause to stamp out the abusive treatment of animals living and dead, so long as the animals are not human.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

1 comment:

Indigo Rose said...

I love chicken. I now wonder if, while licking my fingers, it will be too suggestive?