Taraji P. Henson Nude Ad Helps PETA Sell Sex


Taraji P. HensonTaraji P. Henson is the latest celebrity to pose naked for PETA's anti-fur campaign, "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur." The 40-year-old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and also starred in Karate Kid.

Henson was inspired to take off her clothes to support animals after she saw a documentary about animal fur farms. She explains:

Before I saw that documentary, I would wear fur. But I saw this documentary, and I was riveted.  I cried ... could you imagine someone ripping your hair out, while you're still awake, fully conscious? It's ridiculous.

While I totally agree with her that fur farms are deplorable, I've thought for a while that these PETA ads are a bit two-faced. Save animals by objectifying women? PETA's barking up the wrong tree.

I love that PETA's goal is to raise awareness for animal rights, I just don't love their delivery. Animal cruelty is an issue that should be brought to our attention, but why do so by objectifying women? They're not pushing perfume or some banal product that needs sex to sell, they're promoting the idea that animals are needlessly tortured and killed for fashion.

The animal rights message is weightier, and to me, PETA takes the easy way out by using naked celebrities. They should not be selling sex to save animals.

The debate over the objectification of women in advertising has been going on for decades, and I'm not against a little booty or boobie in an ad; I'm just not sure I agree with an ad campaign that advances one cause at the expense of another.

Do you think PETA sends the wrong message by using naked celebrities in their ads?

Photo via PETA.com




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MrsSa... MrsSamMerlotte

Did you say 40?  Wow, if I looked that good at 40, i would probably be strutting the streets naked.  Anyway, peta uses men in these ads too, so it isnt just women.  Not that i agree with half of the stuff peta does or says, they are a little over the top for me. 

Tiffa... TiffanyinSF

I'm a total animal lover but even I think the people at PETA are kinda nut-jobs.  That being said, I don't mind this campaign at all.  The nakedness catches your attention for the 10 seconds they need to make their point.  Mission accomplished.  I'd rather use "sex" to sell a good cause than to sell jeans.  Besides, MrsSamMerlotte is right, they use men too.

DebaLa DebaLa

MrsSam & Tiffany: Check 100%!

[shakin' my head] If I had that rockin' bod at 40... *sigh*

And the "objectifying" part? If it were a men's mag, etc, whose exclusive mission IS to objectify women, I'd say, Yeah. But given this is PETA, it's for bring attention to a worthy cause, and it helps cleans up their crazy image of hurling red-paint on fur-clad people.

Btw, sorry, but bandying about big catch words like "objectify" only demonstrates the lack of understanding of true 'feminism.' ; )

Beckie Day Semler

Ten years ago I was told by a PETA Youth Leader that I should not feed my ferrets meat. I told them they cannot digest plant matter because they will get impacted bowels. I was then told then they should starve. PETA is nothing but a bunch of crooks who prey on peoples emotions.  Yeah show the little bunny getting its head bashed in by fur traders but dont show how many animals PETA kills per year themselves. They are a scam. If you want to help animals then contact the ASPCA or the Humaine Society.

Tiffany Fisher

Beckie Day Semler 

i agree with you. peta makes its self looking like the heros-but if you cant eat solely plants you yourself should die. im glad about getting the word out-but this is alos just wrong. oh-any body's kid ever sign up for those peta kids letters that look so sweet and catoon characters and promise stickers? well they sent my child a video link to animals being violently slaughtered and one of these slut ads.

thedg... thedgoddess

PETA is a dishonest group of idiots. They claim to be for animal rights but their opinions on domesticated animals are SICKENING. I really wish celebs would stop supporting them!  They need to find out about the group they are representing BEFORE they pose for these ads!

nonmember avatar Nate

As they say, "Clothes make the person because naked people have no influence in society."

PETA should focus on making points instead of garnering publicity or people will ignore their message for the eye candy.

Melissa Swain

Everyone and everything "sexualizes" women... PETA is just doing the same... in regards to something important, rather then teen pregnancy or ignorant tv shows.

ToraMay ToraMay

I have never ONCE thought "oh those poor little animals, I'll stop wearing fur" when seeing these naked ads. What goes through my mind is "wow he/she looks good, wish they'd show more" and then I go back to my life.

nonmember avatar Caprice

Last time I looked it wasn't ONLY women that did these ads http://www.peta.org/mediacenter/ads/Print-Ads-Skins.aspx

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