Is Lady Gaga getting a raw deal after donning a meat-inspired dress at Sunday's VMAs in L.A.?
The singer's beefy ensemble (designed by Franc Fernandez) outraged PETA, who complained that the singer "tried once again to shock the world."
"Lately, Lady Gaga has been having a hard time keeping her act 'over the top,'" PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk writes. "Wearing a dress made out cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people who are upset by butchery than who are impressed by it."
Newkirk adds, "Meat is the decomposing flesh of a tormented animal who didn't want to die, and after a few hours under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh it is and likely be crawling in maggots -- not too attractive, really."
But the 24-year-old singer says she didn't intend for her outfit to cause any controversy -- and she's apologizing to fans who may have been offended.
"Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment free human being on the earth," Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres Sunday night after the VMAs. "However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening, if we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones. And, I am not a piece of meat."
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