I’m not that big of a fan of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization. It’s not that I don’t want animals to be treated ethically. The opposite in fact. If someone were to stop me on the street and say “do you want animals to be treated ethically?” 10 out of 10 times my answer would be “I do want that.” But, I don’t know, I just think we live in a problematic world and would be much more interested in the outraged complaints of People for the Ethical Treatment of People. We don’t even have that one worked out yet, so maybe let’s figure that out and THEN get to saving the bunnies. But, so, anyway, now PETA is staging non-protest protests? It’s complicated. That’s what PETA’s Facebook status says. From the HollywoodReporter:
Usually Hollywood’s arch-nemesis, PETA is actively supporting 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, since no real simians are used in the film. Instead, the movie—which opens in theaters Friday—relies on cutting-edge performance capture created by Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital to portray the apes. Andy Serkis plays Caesar, the lead ape and the story’s central character.
The animal-rights org even went so far as to bestow Rupert Wyatt, director of Apes, with the Proggy Award, given annually to animal-friendly companies, people and products. And the movie itself has been given PETA’s official seal of approval. The Proggy was announced earlier this week, just days after members of PETA showed up at the Apes’ premiere in Los Angeles, happily waving placards, “Real Apes Love CGI.”
WE’RE HERE! WE’RE PETA! WE WANT TO GET MARRIED ON THE OCEAN! You know what, fair enough. I still think it’s a very weird thing to do, but I also think that people are not told often enough when people APPRECIATE them. Everyone is so quick to complain when they don’t like something (speaking from every single experience) but they rarely make the effort to do the opposite. Again, they are just enthusiastic because a movie has a bunch of cartoon monkeys in it, so it is still a weird choice, but it’s a nice enough choice out of all the choices.