Kim Kardashian was on the “Today Show” this morning, talking about optimism and overcoming challenges and all those things celebrities talk about on morning talk shows, until host Ann Curry asked her The Flour-Bombing Incident. A few weeks ago, PETA member Christina Cho shouted ‘fur hag‘ and doused Kardashian with flour outside an event.
Kardashian told Curry she doesn’t understand how PETA can be against assaulting animals but not assaulting humans (with little apparent awareness about the severe differences between being covered in flour and being killed). But whatever; PETA is routinely ridiculous, and the Kardashians are routinely ridiculous. I certainly don’t support killing animals for their fur these days, but I’d be a lot more concerned about it if pretty much our entire meat industry in the U.S. wasn’t a terrible, inhumane and unsafe mess.
Kardashian went on to point out how her clothing lines don’t sell fur, then defend her “personal choice” to war fur by citing sentimental value: The furs belonged to her grandma! They have her grandmas initials stitched in! And she’s not gonna relinquish precious family heirlooms just because they happen to be fur.
Honestly, I (more or less) agree—that mink that died for your grandma’s coat isn’t coming back to life. I can totally respect why someone wouldn’t personally want to wear vintage fur, but I don’t think there’s anything morally wrong, per se, with donning it. I’m a vintage clothing freak, and while being entirely wrapped up in animal fur skeeves me out, I’ve certainly owned a vintage piece or two with real-fur trim. [Also, come on: Every self-respecting vintage collector wants one of those creepy eyes-intact, fox-biting-its-own-tail shawls, if only for historical/novelty value.]
But it’s hard to have sympathy for Kim’s vintage/heirloom argument, however, considering the number of different furs she’s been pictured in—certainly, these couldn’t all have belonged to Grandma Kardashian?—and the fact that Kim & Co. have previously sold fur products at their clothing store DASH.