Be An Angel? Hardly.

**Climbs on soapbox**

We all know PeTA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) is to be charitable, constoversial, in their approach to spreading their message. In recent years their ads have attacked fat people, and children. If you don’t believe me, do a google image search for their ads, and take a gander at what pops up.

And now, just in time for Christmas, they’ve finally decided to take a stab at our Lord, Jesus Christ. For their new Christmas ad, they’ve gotten Playboy “model” Joanna Krupa to pose nude, which is nothing new, for either Krupa or PeTA, which has run many nude ads over the years. The focus of these ads is:

Be An Angel for Animals. Always Adopt. Never Buy.

Now, to be fair, that is a good message. Our dog comes from a shelter, and the shelters are so crowded and often the animals are really just surviving. It makes sense. BUT, the manner in which PeTA displays this message is undignified, immodest to the core, offensive to the season of Advent, and blasphemous.

The image of “model” Joanna Krupa, naked, with angel wings and a halo, wouldn’t be much different from what you see at Victoria’s Secret, except this “angel” is holding a strategically placed crucifix over her naked body. That’s right friends.

Warning: here is the image. Skip down if you don’t want to see it.


*shudders* To make matters worse, Ms. Krupa claims to be a practicing Catholic. Of course, we wouldn’t want just any naked Playboy “model” holding the Crucifix over her lady bits in a public ad; we need the “Catholic” one. There are standards of course.

Here is what Ms. Krupa had to say in response to the claims of the Catholic League:

“As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I’m doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God’s creation. I am a voice for innocent animals who are being neglected and dumped by the millions at shelters. In my heart I know that Jesus would never condone the suffering that results when dogs and cats are allowed to breed.”
I will give her this; Jesus would never condone the suffering that results when dogs and cats are allowed to breed. True enough.

But you know what I’m fairly certain he’d never condone either? A woman who claims to be part of His Church, who should therefore know what the Crucifix means, abusing the symbol of Christ’s torture, humiliation, and death, to make a political point by draping it over her naked body, which she is then exposing for the world to see.

I’m pretty sure that she is, in fact, not doing anything remotely close to what the Church should be doing when it comes to the appropriate way to spread a message of compassion for animals. Nice try though, Ms. Krupa.

**Climbs off soapbox**

Thanks for listening to my rant.


8 thoughts on “Be An Angel? Hardly.

  1. Wow. Gross. Gross. Gross. That’s awful.

    Isn’t it interesting (and sad, and appalling), how animals get the title of “the most defenseless of God’s creation”? And not, say, babies?! I just heard on the radio this morning that more people in Canada find abortion morally acceptable (66%) than animal cruelty (~53%). Whew.

  2. like you i’m all for the message that peta is expressing… but the way they’re doing it here is just crass and once again just supporting mainstream media’s idea that women are just their bodies and the only way for a women to get a message across is to use that to their advantage. No matter what “degree” or “wave” feminism you hold to, I think we can all agree that this is degrading.

  3. Oh. My. Gosh. Joanna Krupa must have missed the CCD lesson on pornography and the dignity of the body. I must admit I’m guilty of watching Dancing With the Stars and her peformance on there…..well I sure hope children weren’t watching. I sure hope children or anyone for that matter don’t see this ad. What on earth does a naked woman holding a Crucifix have to do with “saving” animals?! UGHHHH.

  4. I didn’t know about this until I read it on your blog. I’m sad for this woman.

    Ms. Krupa stated, “I’m…working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God’s creation.”

    Ironically, she is working to perpetuate the ‘senseless suffering’ of humans, through implying that the crucifix, which represents the greatest sacrifice and most beautiful Passion, has no significance if it can be draped like laundry. Sadly, society that’s exposed to these images gradually becomes indifferent to Jesus.

    If animals are, in her estimation, the most defenseless of God’s creation, I would have to counter that practicing Catholics, who destroy the significance of Christ’s most sacred Passion, are similarly defenseless.

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