A new advertising campaign from PETA featuring Joanna Krupa, of Playboy and “Dancing with the Stars”, wearing a pair of wings and not much else while using a large cross strategically placed for cover-up is urging viewers to “be an angel for animals” and adopt, not buy. The advertisement was first seen in Los Angeles this last week, premiering in front of Barkworks, a pet store that sells puppies.
However, the pet store wasn’t the loudest to complain – leaders from the Catholic community were. And they are really unhappy with the use of Christian iconography.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue announced in a statement: “The fact is that cats and dogs are a lot safer in pet stores than they are in the hands of PETA employees. Moreover, pet stores don’t rip off Christian iconography and engage in cheap irreligious claims. PETA is a fraud. It also has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services. Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check. They also need a course in Ethics 101.”
InsideCatholic.com’s publisher, Deal Hudson, spoke out and called the advertisement totally inappropriate.
Joanna Krupa sees nothing wrong with the work she’s done for PETA. “As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of.”
Krupa goes on to rebuke the criticism with some of her own, “I’m doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of god’s creation. I am a voice for innocent animals who are being neglected and dumped by the millions at shelters. In my heart I know that Jesus would never condone the suffering that results when dogs and cats are allowed to breed.”
On matters of nudity and Christian iconography The Church is reminiscent of a very well trained terrier . . . just throw the ingredients together and watch The Church work itself into a frenzy of hyperbole — or maybe just hype. It appears the two groups have found a way to stay relevant using a rehash of what Madonna did twenty years ago. Then the beneficiaries were records sales and Pepsi, now they could be homeless dogs and cats if the message isn’t lost in the process.
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