If you do eat meat but don't wear fur, are you really fabulous, by PETA standards? No. But that's not stopping the group from using First Lady Michelle Obama in an unauthorized anti-fur ad campaign, which is painted on two vans rolling around DC, and appearing on Metro station banners.
Apparently the charm of using Mrs. Obama to promote their own political agenda was too hard for People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals to resist. The group has overlooked their own philosophical platform, in order to create a campaign that features Mrs. Obama, and three other meat eaters: Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and Carrie Underwood.
The White House has voted No on the First Lady ads, but no White House statement was issued until yesterday. It's simply a terse one-liner from Mrs. Obama's Deputy Press Secretary, Semonti Stephens: "We did not consent to this."
Savvy move, because any further comments would get PETA exactly what it's seeking: Lotsa press.
See also this other questionable ad campaign, which ran in DC Metro stations last August, and invoked the Obama girls. The communications director for the organization was quietly replaced after a one-sided public fight with the White House, conducted via the pages of Politico and the Post.
UPDATE: On January 12, PETA pulled the FLOTUS fur campaign, but insisted, via letter to the White House, that President Obama stop Ringling Brothers Circus from using a one-year-old elephant named "Baby Barack."
*Photos courtesy of PETA, of course.