Hollywood loves any excuse for a party. Especially a premiere party. Especially a premiere party for a HUUUUGELY anticipated blockbuster like Breaking Dawn: Part 2. I used to cover such parties for Variety, and each premiere party would be more extravagant than the next. It was almost as if the studios believed that by wooing the press with a more impressive party, they'd automatically get bigger box office returns.
That's why it doesn't exactly surprise me that the Breaking Dawn: Part 2 festivities held earlier this week featured three caged wolves. Yup. That's right. Real, live wolves. In cages. (Not just Taylor Lautner in a wolf suit.) No wonder PETA is howling about it now. They have every right to!
A PETA spokeswoman released a statement noting, "Didn't it dawn on the 'Twilight' event organizers that real wolves do not belong at a party with blaring music and flashing lights?" And elaborated that matters were made even worse by the fact that the wolves were provided by Hollywood Animals, "a notorious exhibitor that has been cited for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act for repeatedly failing to provide the animals it exploits with basic veterinary care, proper shelter, food, and water." Ugh, disgusting!
Talk about BAD publicity. I'm pretty sure this is NOT what Summit had in mind when they green-lit this huge-scale soiree. And stars Kellan Lutz and Christian Serratos must not be too happy right now either, being that they've both appeared in PETA ads in the past.
There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it: Caged wolves did not belong at this party, and although PETA may love to squawk about a lot of things the general public isn't so offended by, this is a different story. People genuinely care about how animals are treated in show biz. Not that there's going to be a "next time" when it comes to the Twilight Saga, but hopefully the producers have still learned their lesson by getting called out on this. In the future, a film and its cast and crew should be enough to sell the hype.
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