PETA jumps the shark with new Courtney Stodden deep thoughts PSA

Warning: STOP Watching at 1:22 if you do not want to see animal cruely

This video came out last week, but it was at the top of the HuffPo celebrity section today so I may as well stop ignoring it. When I first heard that Courtney Stodden recorded a video for “PETA,” I assumed that she made a PSA-like video talking about animal rights that was in no way endorsed by the organization, similar to how she made a “commercial” for one of those “Free Credit Score” companies that was just a pitch for a commercial. I was wrong, this video is on PETA’s official YouTube channel, even though it seems like a parody of a PETA video. Courtney’s deep thoughts include:

I believe that there are so many animals in you know, shelters, that need homes. So if I’m going to welcome another, you know, companion into our home I would suggest going to a shelter and not only make them happy and live a healthy life, but save a life as well.

Well growing up I always had a love for animals and I wasn’t really fond of eating meat or anything with a face because I just felt like it was an awful thing to do.

So just recently I switched to a vegetarian. I had my first Thanksgiving being vegetarian.. I had a vegan dish… I never had a hamburger in my life soooo… I’m so glad I can say that. I never want to eat a hamburger.

You feel better, you know, within yourself, because you know that you’re not only saving animals you’re also helping the environment.

We really need to be the voice for them and help save lives that are going to be, you know, slaughtered.

It’s a decent message, completely overshadowed by the vapid delivery of a 17 year-old with her tits hanging out, who is famous for marrying a 51 year-old man. I’ll say something nice: her dog is cute. It’s one of those Chinese Crested breeds that is called one of the ugliest breeds, but is actually kind of endearing.

PETA probably jumped the shark years ago with their many ridiculous antics, but this really brings it home for me. They’ll intersperse footage of this sad try-hard woman child with footage of animals being tortured with no sense of irony. PETA needs to stop the bait and switch tactics. I made the mistake of downloading a PDF with “vegetarian recipes” from them years ago, only to be confronted by graphic images of animals being slaughtered. So I got pissed off and made a dish with meat in it, and learned to avoid their propaganda. There’s a difference between presenting reasoned arguments and resorting to shock tactics. I’m not saying anything about PETA that hasn’t been said a million times before.

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  1. brin says:

    I would have rather heard the dog barking…he would have made more sense, you know?

    • Maguita says:

      LOL! Like, Totally!

      How much do you wanna bet that she would eats her first hamburger for a Carl’s Junior commercial?

      However, she won’t be washing sexily a car, but rather her peepaw’s chairwheel.

      • OhMyMy says:

        I thought that too when I read the “I never ate a hamburger” line. If Carl’s Jr. or any other company wanted to pay her to do a commercial (especially a sexy one like Paris Hilton did) she’d be on it like a duck on a junebug.

      • girl says:

        I’m kind of surprised she knew hamburgers are made with meat.

  2. Leikyn says:

    Like…OMG…her collar…like…matches her dog….omg….Seriously though, are breast implants environmentally friendly?

    Great advertisement for that Revlon Pink Frost lipstick from the ’80’s. That was my favorite shade in high school.

    • Zelda says:

      But which colour Charlie perfume do you think she wears?
      I bet she’s a red.

    • Jillian says:

      I’m pretty sure her breasts are real. She wears two or three padded push up bras with chicken cutlets though to make them look fake.

  3. Agnes says:

    oh, peta…

  4. helvetica says:

    PETA is like the worst “gooders” organizations out there.

    I hate when i see their poster mocking shark attack victims, showing bloody human’s leg in shark’s mouth saying “Payback is hell, Go Vegan”
    I mean, WTF ?!

    • Zigggy says:

      Or when that psycho on the greyhound bus brutally killed, mutilated and ATE pieces of that poor young man, they had the audacity to compare that to eating meat. That is so sick and just beyond poor taste.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        I remember that.

        I remember them a campaign about a decade ago that was couched in terms that alluded to Robert Picton’s crimes and equated it to meat eating.

        I’d never support animal cruelty, but I’m also not one of those people who reads karmic retribution in human misery or original sinning myself into thinking that since there was never a puppy Hitler, all humans have to wear the mark of constant devaluation as a penance for having been born the wrong species. Something about that just strikes me as wrong-headed, I’m sorry, I just do. People love animals, but after a point I can’t help but wonder if we’re shifting into misplaced vanity by positing a lot of half-true characteristics on them. Pets bring a lot of happiness and comfort to their owners, this is absolutely true, and many form networks in the wild and relate to each other in ways that are recognizable to our own practices. It’s easier to empathize when we see some of ourselves into things, and in cases that bring our bad stewardship from our place of power easily brings things into a sharper relief. But after a point, we start turning them into something they are not– substitute humans.

        I’ll have to tread carefully here, but watching from experience, I frequently see people who are at a disadvantage of any chronic sort roll their eyes and scoff a bit when seeing how many people in comparably comfortable situations react towards the nature of advocacy for animals, arguing that people care more about ‘saving’ something with four legs when traditionally-maligned things on two legs are so often being to ‘get over it’ (depending on the situation), sometimes callously deciding that people deserve to suffer because they aren’t innocent enough to rouse the kind of support given to the fundamental ‘purity’ of animals.

        I’ve heard it described as supremely superior on the part of some animal advocates to use this kind of terminology because it assumes that they get to choose before any kind of case is made not only who is ‘worthy’, but also that the person will negate his right to be protected because him doing something evil in the future is a foregone conclusion, so save your tears for the ones who deserve them. I have seen many traditionally maligned peoples get extremely agitated at this point because it looks as though a great chain of being is being constructed and once again, some authority has put you on the bottom or even thinks it has the right in and of itself to designate worthiness.

        I have witnessed a great deal of debates turn into arguments at that point, because animal advocates don’t enjoy being told that they don’t care properly and give of themselves to silliness, no matter how seriously you take your causes. As for me, while I don’t quite see the level of malice behind it, I think a lot of those concerns are valid. It sort of has a ‘people are bad and not worthy of my grace and likely did something to deserve their lot and won’t grow up and soften their own hearts’ tinge to it. Almost as if animals choose to be good, wrapping them in some magmanimous cloaking device and humans choose to be awful based on the actions of some loser like Trump

        I remember a few months ago, it was released that Alexander McQueen gave a huge amount of his money given to animal charities. When a poster suggested, that kids in need, or something to that effect were more deserving, I truly think that was an expression of what I was talking about earlier in the post. The response (which I found to be way out of line with name-calling, accusations and pretty much total devaluation of the character of the poster) was the other half of this dance.

        That’s what I’ve seen. That’s all I’ve been trying to say. It’s an interesting fight.

    • Maguita says:

      PETA is to do-gooder societies what Paris Hilton is to Celebrity:

      A laughingstock and detriment to their own delusions. I used to admire them so much in the late 80’s along with Greenpeace.

    • dahlia1947 says:

      Yeah that’s just too much. You’re comment made me think of why sharks swim closer to the shores. It’s because of over fishing! Poor sharks run out of their own food, so guess what?

      They come to eat us! I know it’s not that simple, but their is alot of over fishing! I love all living creatures and some humans! 😀 I respect the shark and it’s so sad that humans have to disrupt the environment and terrorize animals in such cruel ways.

      Animals are helpless, and they feel emotions just like we do.

      • decemberist15 says:

        Umm… actually not all animals feel emotions. Some, a lot of them, have just a primal situation/ response reaction ex- see food, eat it or see threat, attack it. They do not have emotions like humans do.

  5. Fritzi Schniter says:

    That Chinese crested she’s holding is not a rescue but bought from a breeder. She dyes it pink. Is that ethical treatment of animals? Say anything for a minute’s worth of attention,Courtney. Poor wasted dummy.

  6. dorothy says:

    PETA lost whatever credibility they had by choosing Courtney Stodden to represent them. Bad move PETA.

  7. Jaded says:

    Going vegetarian won’t change what goes on in slaughterhouses as there will always be enough meat eaters, especially the cheap mass produced stuff and McDonald’s type food, to keep them going. What has to change is the unethical manner in which animals raised for consumption are treated, and that has to come from government legislation. Not likely to happen as the meat-packing industry in the U.S. is totally corrupt and the government turns a blind eye to it in exchange for shady funding deals.

    • alison8701 says:

      I agree with Jaded.

      Going vegetarian isn’t a viable option for a lot of people, so regulation is important.

    • sandra says:

      OK, the lizard queen is a weird choice, but factory farms and the subjugation of animals is wrong. PETA is still fighting the good fight. Go vegan!!

  8. Alita says:

    She’s a vegetable alright …

  9. Sapphire says:

    Always thought PETA was sketchy-throwing red paint and “breaking out” lab animals is not going to sway the general population to your point of view. Neither is using an envirementaly unfriendly plastic doll as your spokesthing.

  10. Alita says:

    OMG! Kim Jong Un just came out and became a vegan! All because of Courtney!

    From a credible news source:
    ‘Kim Jong Un, moved to tears by representative of ‘classic Old-Hollywood American beauty’ Courtney Stodden’s articulate and passionate plea on behalf of animals everywhere, has renounced not only hamburgers but also pork cutlets and rhino horn aphrodisiacs. He said “Courtney made it so personal, and moved me with her insightful depiction of what living hamburger-free could be like and how it could, you know, like save the earth. There is no reason why I can’t have mash potato without the cutlets in future. It’s the youth of the world that can show us the way forward and I commend this young, beautiful representation of womanhood for her stand. I stand with her wholeheartedly. If she will stand especially close and possibly brush up against me it will assist my abstinence from rhino horn, because she is probably the most attractive and poignantly alluring vixen out there today.”‘

    Un could not be reached for further comment due to his plans for impending nuclear strikes, however sources say hamburgers have been struck from the presidential menu.

    Way to go, Courtney!!!

  11. Cindy says:

    I see someone’s still trying to make fetch happen.

  12. alison8701 says:

    In terms of Courtney Stodden…

    :/ I don’t know. I feel bad for her, really. From what I’ve seen from her, she is vacuous and 70% plastic, but she also seems like a decent person. I don’t recall seeing her say anything negative about people. Her twitter is RIDICULOUS though, as her attention-seeking moments (which people gladly give in to..)

    But when I look at her physical transformation, her relationship with Doug, and her mothers’ MANAGING of her, I feel bad for her. She’s a young misguided girl, who didn’t have someone sensible in her life to tell her to chill out. Instead, this type of behavior was encouraged, and all disdain was regarded as “jealousy”. Imagine having access to plastic surgery, money, and a video camera at your most egotistical and insecure age, without proper guidance. That’s her parents doing, her mother WANTS her to be a pop star. At any cost, apparently. So I don’t think the negative comments about her should persist. It really is bullying to a point. at the most, i think she should be ignored.

    I think she could potentially be going down a destructive path, and I always think about what happens with an oft made fun of celebrity dies through OD or suicide. Suddenly, it’s less funny.

    Not that i’m saying anyone here as said anything negative about her, i’m just saying in general.

  13. aenflex says:

    The vile imagery that PETA uses is sometimes the only thing that will get people to realize the level cruelty exacted on stock animals. It’s deplorable. We all live in this bubble.
    They are obviosly nutty in their delivery though, I can agree there. The bait and switch is the wrong way to go about it.
    Just a few of those images were enough to turn me vegetarian years and years ago. So they hit their mark in my case.

    • ol cranky says:

      hystrionics and scare tactics with over the top deliveries don’t work. We use them all the time in school to keep kids from smoking, doing drugs, even safe sex or abstinence but the bigger/louder/more frequent the use of scare tactics the more people tune out (and all too often disregard).

      Prior to the pinkslime debacle, I think programs like Meatless Monday are the best way to get people to rethink their use of meat. One day a week, learn to make meals that don’t contain meat – you find veg fare can be tasty and nutritious so it’s not as intimidating to try it more often. People will still be omnivores but they do rethink the use, frequency and amount of meat they ingest and many reduce meat use in recipes/meals so it’s just a small portion ingredient as opposed to the focus of the most meals. People may find themselves actually eating very little meat once they expand their palate and find out it’s not so bland or frightening.

    • sandra says:

      If you don’t show the frightening images, how would things ever change? If we don’t know what’s going on behind closed barn doors, how can we stop animal cruelty? The ag-gag bills being passed making anyone with environmental and animal concerns a “terrorist” are much more frightening than Courtney Stodden.

  14. hollah says:

    She’s still rocking that arm band.

  15. alison8701 says:

    The thing with the shocking images is that it fades. I eat meat… constantly consider going vegetarian, but when I watch videos of animal cruelty, it makes my stomach turn, and I feel bad, and I can’t eat meat for a time. But then I get over it. It’s not enough to change my behavior. Behavior change is an extremely difficult feat to accomplish. also I think PETA’s overly antagonistic persona can really turn people off.

    It’s almost like feminism. Feminists get a bad rap– man-hating feminazis. So some people don’t want to align themselves with that label. But if you ask them about equal pay/rights/representation, some’ll say that’s a no-brainer, but won’t consider themselves a feminist because of the connotation.

    I think PETA should take more caution in how they present themselves because they are THE ultimate animal rights campaign. So much exposure and awareness– they could really do some good.. by appealing to people’s compassion, and “humanizing” animals in a way, not by trying to make people sick.

    • ol cranky says:

      I don’t think I’d agree that PETA is the ultimate animal rights org – what the inner circle believes and their true philosophy isn’t what they publicize

      If you want ideas of how to increase your intake of veg fare and decrease meat intake, check out meatless monday, I always go to their FB page or shoot them an email for suggestions when I’m at a loss for ideas.

      I will always consider myself an omnivore because I am, but most of the time I’m pretty much ovo-lacto (hold the lacto). I occasionally eat fish or chicken, rarely eat red meat, limit my dairy to the little bits of casein in the almond cheese I get and whey protein powder for shakes/smoothies. It’s a little harder for me because I can’t have soy or gluten (damn thyroid) but luckily for me quorn makes a pretty good & easy to use meat substitute when I want to make a “meat sauce” or have “chicken” chunks for recipes

  16. Leah No-No says:

    I wish PETA would be as concerned about the exploitation of a young girl raised to be Traci Lords-Barbie as they are about animal’s rights.

  17. It is ME!! says:

    Okay, so let me get this straight: she wants us all to adopt shelter animals (which I am totally for) while her pure bred dog sits in her lap (I love me some pure bred dogs, too, no hate here). How about she walk the walk?

    And what, PETA couldn’t get Jack Handy to do some Deep Thoughts*?

    This video is something straight outta Lowered Expectations.**

    * and **: both of these references are as dated as Courtney’s damn arm band.

  18. ruddyzookeeper says:

    No, I don’t know.

  19. Just Sayin says:

    Gotta ask yourself, who got the “perks” for this assault on the masses. This less than average chick needs a reality check. Just Sayin….

  20. Dee Cee says:

    You know, animals eat other animals..?

  21. Zigggy says:

    PETA supports breed specific legislation (banning pit bulls). How can an animal rights group discriminate against one breed? It’s like a human rights group saying “We are all for human rights! Oh, but not for jews…”

  22. stephanie says:

    I’m vegetarian but I don’t agree with a lot of PETA’s tactics. Its a shame because not everyone who is vegetarian/vegan is a nutcase.

  23. Cait says:

    She also dyes her dog pink, how is that not animal cruelty???

  24. Lindsey G. says:

    I think I’ll have a burger for lunch. No really.

  25. Bronson says:

    I am a big supporter of not telling other people how they should live and not throwing my lifestyle in people’s faces. I have been vegan for 9 years because it works for me and it is my choice. It hurts my feelings sometimes when people tease me for it, mostly because I have never mocked their eating habits. I don’t do it for anyone but myself and I do not talk about my reasons unless someone inquires.

    P.S. I loathe PETA.

    • Li says:

      Bronson I’m with you! It is hurtful when people demean your lifestyle. I also don’t discuss my lifestyle unless asked about it and would never dream of forcing my views on anyone else.

    • sandra says:

      I don’t disclose my vegan lifestyle unless I’m asked about it. But I went vegan for animal cruelty issues and I feel strongly that when I can support people/orgs trying to end that, I will.

  26. sluggo says:

    PETA’s trying to be up-to-the-minute with current events by getting THIS CHICK to put their points across? because you know, everyone IS talking about “pink slime” right now, and she’s the living embodiment of it.

    Yeah, right. Stand in front of Courtney SODDEN with a pork chop in one hand and a crisp $50 in the other, and she’d scarf it down raw — the pork chop AND the $50. Anything for the money. And I fully agree with all the commenters who pointed out that she dyes her dog pink, this doubtless being PETA-approved as long as the hair dye was not tested on animals first.

  27. so, um, like, um, i totally totally don’t eat meeeet, and… um, i like, don’t wanna ever eat meat, cuz it’s like so so mean and stuff…

    I’m suddenly reminded of the obama campaign in 2007-08 when Lindsay Lohan offered to lend her support and he declined her.

  28. Li says:

    I am a very non vocal vegan. I cannot stand PETA. They give vegetarianism a bad name. Shock and scare tactics don’t work to change anyone’s views ( at least not for the long term) it just makes them look like crazy self riotous a**holes.

    • Kim says:

      Not a huge PETA fan BUT their “scare” tatic arent tatics. Those animals live a completely unnatural, abused, inhumane life.

      Whats shocking is that stupid people continue to poison their bodies eating meat from these factory farms that dont give a crap abut the animals or the humans the meat feeds so they use all kinds of drugs etc that are ridiculously terrible for human health.

      If you raise your own animals without drugs or abuse that is totally different.

      Reality is the best scare tactic.

    • Katija says:

      I had a vegan roommate who was like you. She was all about *choice.* When we were having sangria one night, she admitted that deep down she did have some judgement towards people who chose to eat meat, but she compared it to a pro-choice person looking at a fifteen-year-old girl who chooses to go through with a pregnancy. While there is certainly some element of, “urgh, do it *my* way!,” she understands that it’s a personal decision. (And I actually adapted some of her vegan recipes in the summer… especially the deserts! So much lighter and doesn’t weigh you down.)

  29. Kim says:

    I have new found respect for her. She is not nearly as stupid as she pretends to be.

    If she gets just 1 person to stop eating meat then bless her!

  30. Katija says:

    I’m an omnivore who has been supporting the Humane Society for years. I beg – no, plead – with anyone, vegan or carnivore or otherwise, to choose the Humane Society when making charitable contributions to animal rights related causes. No extremism, no hype, no millions of dollars gone into glitzy celeb campaigns or celebrity activists’ pockets… just an honest, non-judgmental, *good* organization.

    • dahlia1947 says:

      Yeah? I hope that’s true. I saw something on Facebook defaming the Society. The ad said something like “So you think all of your donations are going to the animals?”

      I hope this isn’t true. I was watching some terrifying videos of starving dogs, dogs used for fighting all of that. So I hope that the money is going towards their rescue!

  31. crisstabella says:

    I don’t get why shes wearing a low-cut top if shes like trying like to act like ummm you know totally serious and caring like yeahhhh.

  32. kellyinseattle says:

    How many times in a short statement can someone say, “Ya know?”….she should be going to school and not doing anything else right now. Read a book about animals. When you’re older and can’t count on your body to get you through life in the hot lane, lean on your BRAIN, if you still have one.

  33. the original bellaluna says:

    I only clicked on this to ask: Don’t you need a brain to have “deep thoughts?”

  34. Holden says:

    I believe, you know, that Courtney Stodden is here to stay, you guys. And if we could all, you know, welcome her into our lives, it would make her happy and make us feel better, like, inside.

  35. dahlia1947 says:

    What I’m going to say is sooo very crazy, but…I’m kind of glad this chick is taking over Khloe’s spot. Not sure if she REALLY is taking over, but it’s a nice thought.

    Kind of sort of? Yes it is a nice thought! I’m sick of the K’s. I’m also very disappointed in Khloe.

    I thought she was different from THAT family, but by her severing her ties with PETA, well that just tells me that she sacrificed (maybe not the right word) their union to make it LOOK like it WASN’T a publicity stunt!

    Was it worth it, Khloe?

  36. dahlia1947 says:

    I would respect this girl sooo much, no matter her persona, whatever, if she really is a true animal lover who doesn’t wear fur or eat meat! I so would.

  37. gg says:

    Okay, I’ve got a cat at home dying, and am very sad already, and did not need to view those animals being tortured at this moment. I’m going to go off and cry now.

  38. Karma says:

    My problems with PETA is that they’re hypocrites. All their lame PR stunts are bad enough, but they go against their own shallow ethical standards by killing animals. How exactly can they get indignant/ridiculous in someone else’s face when there is fresh blood on their hands too?

    But the fact they are utilizing/taking advantage of this misguided girl, is frankly expected from the likes of them.

    PETA – always finding new lows in the quest for PR.

    And I forgot about that recipe download…grrr….they lured me with that too.

  39. Mika says:

    Save an animal, objectify a woman.

  40. KK says:

    It is entirely possible that everyone in the world will be vegan one day. I don’t doubt for a second that one day animal rights will be recognised, just as women’s rights and minority rights have been.

    The issue of animals dying in pounds is so serious and it happens EVERYWHERE. I do dog rescue and have two of my own from the pound and I have seen it first hand. It is just horrific and that is why everyone should go to the pound or shelter or refuge to get a companion animal not from a pet store. SO many animals die needlessly.

    As for meat eating, I think it is sad that people continue to eat meat. I am not in the business of preaching to people so don’t think that. I used to eat meat, I am not perfect, I am vegan and I check everything to make sure I don’t consume animal products. I do all I can in my life to not contribute to animal suffering or pain.

    There are different types of vegans. ABolitionists who know that welfare mechanisms do not work. THey will not end animal use, they will not improve the lives of animals. Instead of PETA spending millions of dollars getting meat eaters to campaign against other forms of animal abuse, they should put their time and effort into educating people about a vegan lifestyle. They should spend their money on abolitionist objectives. PETA are what some vegans refer to as welfarist. Now don’t go commenting until you read everything on the topic and are fully aware that welfare regimes DO NOT WORK. I am not going to argue with people because I have heard the arguments a million times. You can look for yourself.

    It is not hard to be vegan. Yes it is hard to resist the quarter pounders at first. But if you do it for ethical reasons it is much easier. I became vegetarian then I became vegan. At that point I did miss cheese etc. However after about 2 ish years being vegan I could never eat any animal product again.

    EVeryone can make a positive change in the world. I am not attacking anyone, I understand that people have a world view and they will do anything to defend it. So no need to comment about how you need meat etc or that veganism will not happen or that it is hard or that I am preaching. All I am saying is do your research, watch earthlings and witness the suffering that your animal use contributes to.