When Good Causes Go Bad

Reuters reports on the latest bone-headed idea from PETA:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, no stranger to attention-grabbing campaigns featuring nude women, plans to launch a pornography website in the name of animal rights.

The nonprofit organization, whose controversial campaigns draw criticism from women’s rights groups, said it hopes to raise awareness of veganism through a mix of pornography and graphic footage of animal suffering.

“We’re hoping to reach a whole new audience of people, some of whom will be shocked by graphic images that maybe they didn’t anticipate seeing when they went to the PETA triple-X site,” said Lindsay Rajt, PETA’s associate director of campaigns.

That leads PZ Myers to wonder:

I am trying to visualize the kind of people who would be drawn to a site featuring naked women and tortured animals”¦and no, those aren’t the people I’d want to associate with. It sounds like it might be popular with serial killers, anyway. Is that the audience they want?

Will PETA’s latest stunt disprove the bad publicity is better than no publicity axiom?

8 Responses to “When Good Causes Go Bad”

  1. PDA says:

    Gonna go out on a limb here, and suggest that by “people who will be shocked by graphic images” that they did not mean “people who would be drawn to a site featuring naked women and tortured animals.”
    That’s just a guess, though.

  2. JohnB says:

    “Will PETA’s latest stunt disprove the bad publicity is better than no publicity axiom?”

    That would depend on whether or not you view being a laughing stock as being better than no publicity.

  3. Anon says:

    I hate most of what PETA does, except for this, which I wholeheartedly support

  4. Steve E says:

    “Will PETA’s latest stunt disprove the bad publicity is better than no publicity axiom?”

    We can only hope so! 

  5. Mary says:

    Oh, the litany of dumb stunts from these wastrels is amazing. I think it is likely evidence that veganism causes brain deterioration. There must be some grant money somewhere to pursue this hypothesis….

  6. Menth says:

    I for one, have had my curiosity piqued and wish to subscribe to their newsletter.

  7. Menth says:

    On a serious note, is not one of the greatest marvels of modernity the concern/empathy many of us now have for those who aren’t even members of our family tribe  city nation ethnicity species?

  8. Mary says:

    I knew it!!1! eleventy!

    B12 levels may spur dementia 
    http://www.livescience.com/16238-vitamin-b12-spurs-dementia.html

    Totally got scooped on that.  

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