A very peculiar story came across the airwaves yesterday during morning chores about a certain pop star wearing a controversial piece of clothing at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs. For anyone who hasn’t heard; Lady Gaga accepted an award wearing a dress with accompanying accessories that were crafted out of raw meat.
This did seem a tad off the wall but I have enjoyed reading the fallout this morning as I tried to figure out how this dress could give me some fodder for today’s post. After some head scratching I came across the following quote from Lady Gaga when she appeared in the dress with Ellen DeGeneres for Ellen’s season premiere that aired yesterday,
“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment free human being on the earth,” Gaga explained. “However, it has many interpretations but for me this evening if we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones” (www.popcrunch.com)
Earlier in the night, Lady Gaga had shown up at the VMAs with 4 former servicemen and women who had been discharged from the armed forces through the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in which gay, lesbian, bisexual etc. people are forced to leave the service if they allow their sexuality to become public. If I’m interpreting her correctly, she was using a little shock value to drive the point home that people deserve the right to make choices for themselves and should be able to do so without prejudice from others.
I believe that individuals should be free to practice any religion, love any person regardless of gender or race and do so free from persecution. Furthermore, I believe that the same approach should be taken to the choices that people make about their food. To me, food is an sacred part of our being and people should be allowed to eat what they want without facing criticisms from others.
This is where I come to an impasse with groups like PETA and the HSUS; they take a very antiquated view in terms of diet…people should do things the way I want them to and if they don’t then they are wrong. The truth is, people will continue to eat meat into the foreseeable future and if animal rights groups were truly committed to improving the welfare of animals they would use portions of their massive budgets to help fund research for production agriculture to continue in their quest to raise animals in the most humane way possible.
That’s all for today, see you tomorrow at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show