When PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) learned of ’Ye’s defiant lyrics, the animal rights group lashed into him with scathing words of their own.
“What’s draggin’ on the floor is Kanye’s reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings,” said PETA’s Senior Vice President Dan Mathews in a statement sent to XXLMag.com. “He’s a great musician but doesn’t seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes. 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.”
XXL hit Kanye’s camp, asking for a response, but there’s been none as of press time.
This isn’t the first time that West has ruffled PETA’s feathers, though. The organization was outraged back in January 2010, when Kanye and his then girlfriend, Amber Rose, were photographed in long fur coats during Paris Fashion Week.
“Kanye can’t help making himself look like an idiot, whether at an awards show or a fashion show,” PETA’S Matthews lashed into Yeezy to the UK’s Daily Mail two years back.. “He and his girlfriend look like pathetic creatures from a shabby roadside zoo.”
Not all of Kanye’s fellow MCs are for furs, however. In February 2011, PETA featured Waka Flocka Flame in its “Ink Not Mink” campaign. The Brick Squad rapper joined the likes of Lady Gaga, Pink and Mariah Carey, who also appeared in the same campaign for PETA.—Mark Lelinwalla