Oh, Kanye. Ever the lightning rod for controversy, the style-conscious rapper has lashed out again at animal welfare organization People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals.
A just-released track called "Theraflu" includes the offending lyric, "Someone tell PETA my mink (coat) is draggin' on the floor."
PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, while incredibly angry at the jibe, still holds out hope that Kanye will eventually change his tune.
"What's draggin' on the floor is Kanye's reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings," said Mathews. "He's a great musician but doesn't seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes. We keep hoping that one day he'll find his heart and join evolved style icons including Russell Simmons, Pink and Natalie Portman, who have dropped animal skins."
The press release comes just barely a week after West's rumored girlfriend Kim Kardashian was "flour bombed" by animal rights protesters for her constant wearing of fur and what PETA terms a "dismissive attitude" about animal rights. PETA doesn't claim responsibility for that action, but applauded it in a statement.
"PETA has written polite letters to Kim, erected billboards and held protests. While we weren't behind the flour delivery, we applaud the animal advocates who were. Hopefully a dusting with flour will cause her to take her head out of the clouds and recognize the blatant cruelty to animals that she promotes."
"Maybe this rude awakening will finally prompt Kim to consider how animals are anally electrocuted as well as bludgeoned and skinned alive so that she can drape their pelts across her back," the statement continued. "Kim has been sent PETA's fur farm exposé and should know full well the torture that animals endure."