People haven’t got the memo that the Hermes high-pile coat Lady Gaga wore in Bulgaria was not real fur. It was high-pile fur. And high-pile fur is extremely high quality fake fur that even PETA can’t tell from the real stuff, apparently.
If you believe the Internet, it would seem that PETA is so bent out of shape about it that they’ve enlisted Ke$ha, their "Humane Society Global Ambassador" and Universal Arbiter of Taste, to harangue Lady Gaga. In a form letter, no less.
Problem is, the letter reads like an awkward rewrite of Ke$ha’s letter to McDonald’s from last year. Also the Humane Society is different from PETA, and she’s the Humane Society’s Ambassador, not PETA’s.
And the bigger problem is that Ke$ha absolutely did not write the letter, according to her rep. So that means someone is trying really hard to amp up the battle against Gaga’s furs.
As Gaga said in the part of her open letter to fans that everyone is ignoring: “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.”
So she’s certainly trying to make a statement, but she also never said that the fur was real. She also made a brave statement as only she could...No simpering for Gaga:
“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.”
She also told them to save their flour for making bread for the hungry children of the world (+75 points Gaga), and blasted their use of Kim Kardashian as an example of airheaded classlessness (-2 points Gaga).
Meanwhile, in Romania, Gaga used a look-alike who looked not very much like her to deflect attention from her actual tour bus—a woman in a sheer jumpsuit and enormous heels and sunglasses stepped off a decoy tour bus in Bulgaria while the real Gaga, sporting tangerine colored hair, disembarked in Romania after a quick nap at the Bucharest Hilton.