First, Kanye West showed his lack of empathy for humans when he lashed out at Taylor Swift during her 2009 MTV Video Music Award win for Best Female Video. More recently, Kanye made it clear that he doesn’t have much respect for animals, either.
In Kanye’s new record, “Theraflu,” he raps, “Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor.” This caught the attention of PETA, just like he wanted, but I am sure many are wondering when the “Heartless” singer will learn to finally stop saying anything at all.
PETA was not going to sit back and let Kanye have his fun at the expense of helpless animals, so PETA’s Senior Vice President Dan Mathews shot back with a few words for the rapper. “What’s draggin’ on the floor is Kanye’s reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings. He’s a great musician but doesn’t seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes,” he said. “We keep hoping that one day he’ll find his heart and join evolved style icons—including Russell Simmons, Pink, and Natalie Portman—who have dropped animal skins.”
A person truly not knowing the hurt in wearing animal skins is one thing -- but Kanye surely knows the pain animals endure by now. He is simply choosing to be cruel, and he is displaying the message that cruelty is stylish, and that it’s okay.
Then again, maybe he feels even more famous for all the negative attention he receives. We can only hope that the rapper comes around and follows in the footsteps of celebrities that look so much better in animal-friendly styles, such as Pink, Mariah Carey, Waka Flocka Flame, Russell Simmons, and Natalie Portman. Once these celebrities knew the harm they were causing, they made the necessary changes, and that is extremely admirable.