Lady Gaga Speaks Out On "Furgate"

Author: Scott Finley
Published: August 16, 2012 at 5:58 am

Lady Gaga has recently been spotted wearing fur coats that may or may not have been real, landing her in the crosshairs of the highly controversial animal rights group PETA. The resulting fallout has created a divide within her fan base, with many little monsters furious with Gaga for possibly wearing real fur, and others defending her right to wear whatever she likes.

The uproar began a few days ago when PETA Senior Vice President Dan Matthew wrote an open letter to Gaga, calling her out on her alleged transgressions (and throwing in a rather catty jab at Kim Kardashian). In the letter, Matthews pointed to a previous interview with Gaga on Ellen in which she stated, “I hate fur and I don't wear fur,” and asked her if she meant what she said or if she is a “turncoat.” He went on to say that by wearing fur, Gaga is “making [herself] a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian.”

Lady Gaga has finally decided to respond to what she has labeled “Furgate” by blogging about it on her social networking site, In the blog post, Gaga reassured her fans that she respects their feelings and opinions and that she herself believes in animal rights, but she cannot promise that she will never allow herself to be tempted by “an absolute art piece of a coat” and she would like fans to respect her opinions just as she respects theirs.

As for the coats she has already worn, Gaga said she has decided not to clarify whether they were real or not and that she does not “support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE,” presumably referring to PETA, an organization infamous for its aggressive tactics, such as the flour-bombing of Kim Kardashian earlier this year. (For the record, PETA was not officially involved in the flour incident, but the culprit in the attack was linked to the group.)

Furthermore, Gaga stated that she feels it would be hypocritical of her not to acknowledge the numerous items of clothing made from animals besides fur that she has worn over the years, including her polarizing raw meat dress from 2010, something many of her own fans have pointed out over the last few days. Gaga finished off her blog post on a cheeky note writing, “And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous."

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Scott Finley (Twitter @Jarraxe) is an entertainment blogger and journalist living in Los Angeles. In July 2011, he founded, a Lady Gaga fan site which features news and also offers unique insights into Lady Gaga's effect on pop culture. …

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