I’m no fan of killing animals for fashion purposes, but I’m even less of a fan of people/organizations pushing their beliefs on the general population.
Weir wore fox fur on his figure skating outfit, which of course brought complaints from Friends of Animals. To that Weir had this to say:
“I totally get the dirtiness of the fur industry and how terrible it is to animals. But it’s not something that’s the No. 1 priority in my life,” Weir said on Tuesday. “There are humans dying everyday. There are thousands if not millions of homeless people in New York City. Look at what just happened in Haiti.”
“I tend to focus my energy, if there is a cause, on humans. While that may be callous and bad of me, it’s my choice…”
“Every skater is wearing skates made out of cow,” Weir said. “Maybe I’m wearing a cute little fox while everyone else is wearing cow, but we’re all still wearing animals.”
Who cares that the man is a role model for a lot of people?!? That poor fox was already long gone and destined to be on his shoulder, so forget about it already. I see the logic behind all this–famous person wears fur, fans want to be like famous person, fans wear fur too.
The fact is things don’t really happen like that–some fans actually have minds of their own and aren’t influenced by those they admire to the point of mimicking their fashion/behavior choices. Not to mention, real fur is expensive, so most people go out and get faux fur, which is funny because most don’t realize they might actually be wearing a dog, rabbit or beaver posing as “faux fur.” Yes folks, that charming faux fur might be your long lost Lassie!
The bottom line here is that I agree with what Weir said–there are more important things going on right now than to fuss about celebrities wearing fur.