Monday, August 28, 2006
Beyonce Pisses off PETA; Mama Knowles Don't Play Dat
Beyonce has been reprimanded by animal rights group People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after boasting about taping a baby alligator's mouth shut at a photo shoot for her new album. After consulting with British reptile biology expert CLIFFORD WARWICK, PETA activists are snapping back at the pop star for allowing something so cruel to take place. Knowles upset the animal activists by telling September's (06) Arena magazine that the taping incident was "my bright idea," adding the reptile was so distressed, "he peed on me."
Warwick has now teamed up with PETA to make sure Knowles knows that what she did was both cruel and insensitive. In a letter to the pop star, he writes, "Humans and alligators are not natural bedfellows, and the two should not mix at events such as photo-shoots. In my view, doing so is arguably abusive to an animal. "Humans have historically treated alligators badly. Skin and meat traders ranch them and slaughter them via slices through their spinal cords or bludgeon them with hammers. The alligator you handled probably faces this same end, after a life of confinement in captivity. "It seems a great pity that this animal's problems should be added to in the course of promoting your own work."
You know, when I first read that Beyonce taped a baby alligator's mouth shut, I thought "how cruel... AND how stupid of her to practically boast about it in public..." Don't get it twisted: I'm not a PETA person by any means. And, although I tried vegetarianism a few years back, I ended up eating so much pasta (and so few veggies) that I gained weight. So, I'll eat an animal, but I also believe that making an alligator piss on himself for a photo shoot is selfishly unnecessary.
I'm also thinking that Beyonce was either petrified or photoshopped into the above picture. I say photoshopped b/c the gators' mouths are open. (She really is that skinny.) And doesn't she look like she's ready to bolt at any second? I guess I just don't dig the pose. (Still love you, Bey!)
MAMA KNOWLES GETS MISS JONES SUSPENDED
Miss Jones recently behaved rather "ungraciously" when she ran into the Knowles' at Hot 97. She's been subsequently suspended. No, the showdown didn't happen on the air, but a few DJs witnessed it in the halls of Hot 97. CLICK HERE TO HEAR THEIR ACCOUNT
On the cool, Bey should have popped Miss Jones in the nose for disrespecting her mother like that. Seriously ranking on my mama to my mama = fightin' words