29 November 2010

Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco goes sans clothing for PETA anti-fur ad

It’s hats off (as well as everything else) for Chad Ochocinco, receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, who recently bared almost everything for a PETA ad discouraging fur clothing.

 Formerly Chad Javon Johnson, the buff football star changed his last name legally to match the “85” on his football jersey and said he grew up owning and loving dogs but never wanted to believe animals were really clubbed for their fur. When he found out that many animals are brutally clubbed and skinned alive in the process, Ochocinco said he wanted to do everything possible to send a message to the fur industry.

“I’ve taken my kids to the circus and I didn’t know the things that go on behind closed doors. When it comes to training animals, I thought it was always positive but the animals are antagonized and forced to do tricks, “ he said in the ad’s video.

 In the photo, the finely sculpted and tattooed Ochocinco stands naked with only a football held over his crotch with the words “Ink Not Mink” emblazoned above him. Readers can sign a PETA petition below the ad to protest the making of fur clothing. The well intentioned Ochocinco and the advertising agency overlooked one minor detail in the photo shoot, however...the official cowhide football (no longer pigskin) covering his privates isn’t exactly animal friendly. Perhaps, a helmet would be a better cover?

Kathryn Lorusso
Kathryn is a former journalist and English teacher who now counsels and mediates teenage drama on a daily basis in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex. Time away from school is spent cooking up new macrobiotic/vegan specialties, writing various blogs and newsletters and taking as many bikram yoga classes as possible.

Photo credit: PETA.org