Taraji 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