Lady Gaga is facing the music after stepping out in a grey over-sized fur coat during the European leg of her tour. The 26-year-old singer is facing backlash from her fans and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for her love for fur. Following a slew of angry tweets, Gaga responded via Twitter saying: “For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don’t forget to credit the designer HERMES. Thank You! LOVE, gaga.’
But that’s not all.
Mother Monster posted a lengthy response to her fans and followers to calm the waters about the Hermès coat, as well as her fashion choices going forward:
“To the fans. I want you to know that I care deeply about your feelings and views, and I will always support your philosophies about life. We’ve been having over-arching conversations about society, equality, and politics for the past five years, and we should continue. I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE. Particularly one that I respect. “Animal Rights.”
I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypocritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, “kermit” and not to mention meat, that I have already worn.
This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan. I have truly always stayed away from skinned fur, especially I have never been able to afford a nice one, but this does not mean my morals are rigid and that I won’t bend at the sight of an absolute art piece of a coat. I have no chains about this.
You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance.
But I am truly sorry to fans who are upset by this, its a fair and applaudable feeling about the health and safety of animals. I respect your views, please respect mine. And to campaigners, Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous.“
Will loyal Gaga groupies continue to follow the star or is this the start of a new divide? Whether she’s in Kermit couture or another galactic design, we’ll be watching Mother Monster’s every stylish move.