PETA Uses First Lady in Anti-Fur Ad Without Permission
COLUMBUS, Ohio--THE U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance reports that PETA, the radical anti-hunting group, admits that it did not seek or receive First Lady Michelle Obama's permission to use her likeness in its advertising.
Ingrid Newkirk, the founder and president of PETA, admitted that they wouldnt have sought Mrs. Obamas permission as it knows that she cant make such an endorsement.
PETA is well known for using high profile celebrities as part of its radical animal rights agenda. Often the groups anti-fur ads use scantily clad or naked celebrities.
PETA unveiled the ad containing Michelle Obama in the Washington D.C. metro on December 28 and also plastered it on the side of the so-called PETA Van.
While the ad also included other celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, country music star Carrie Underwood and model Tyra Banks, it is the image of the First Lady that has attracted the most media attention with newspapers across the nation, such as USA Today, running with the story.
When asked about the ad the First Ladys Office flatly said that We did not consent to this, though no further comment was offered.
PETA is a group that has done such outlandish acts as pay attorney fees for convicted terrorists, said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmens Alliance president and CEO. By aligning themselves with the First Lady, especially without permission, we certainly would hope the White House will take a hard stance against this type of activity.