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Everything Is Problematic: Little Bo Peep
Yes, you heard that right. This week on Everything Is Problematic, we're going to have to explain how and why Little Bo Peep is problematic. To be fair, the "p-word" was invoked by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who, if you're not aware, are a bit of work themselves. I'd call them a joke, but jokes are supposed to be funny, and the punch line of PETA is money raised to help animals resulting in further animal abuses.
In it, Bo Peep has been "modernized" (to keep up with the times, I suppose). If you weren't aware of the SJW rule of thumb, giving an inch doesn't just result in them taking a mile, it often ends in boycotts, threats and vitriolic insults and no amount of backpedaling is ever sufficient to prove that you're contrite of your thought crime.
PETA's manager of Animals in Film and Television, Laura Thomasson, made a statement on behalf of PETA:
Given that she was designed to have a ‘modern’ look, why hasn’t she ‘lost’ that outdated and cruel crook? You may not know that these ‘shepherd’s crooks,’ are used solely to hook a sheep’s neck and force these gentle animals to move. That isn’t something that a progressive Bo Peep would countenance in 2019!
In a video for @peta, Natalie Portman says Isaac Bashevis Singer left Poland in 1935 to 'flee the horrors of the Holocaust'. But there was no Holocaust in Poland (or anywhere) in 1935. It was started by the Nazis in 1941, two years after Germany's invasion & occupation of Poland pic.twitter.com/SglAiUVwYm
And yes, this is the same PETA who staged such outrageous and often tasteless stunts as praising shark attacks, claiming dairy products are responsible for autism, dressed up as KKK members to protest the Westminster dog show and ran an entire campaign they called "Holocaust on Your Plate" where they featured images from concentration camps with the tagline "To animals, all people are Nazis."
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
Just last December, PETA tried to conflate the usage of terms like "Kill two birds with one stone" or "Bring home the bacon" with "racist, homophobic, or ableist language" as they "trivialize cruelty to animals."
Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic, or ableist language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will vanish as more people begin to appreciate animals for who they are and start ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon.
PETA encourages people to replace "Take the bull by the horns" with "Take the flower by the thorns" and offer up other dandy suggestions for new idioms like "bring home the bagels" or to "feed a fed horse" and one of my personal favorites, "be the test tube" as opposed to making references to guinea pigs in animal testing.
Oh, but worst of all is how PETA is responsible for the death of over 36,000 animals since 1998. In short, they're primarily a money-making organization, that thrives on outrageous stunts to continually fund what is, for them, big business.
90% of the dogs and cats "rescued" by PETA were euthanized within 24 hours according to documents from inspection by a Virginia veterinarian. For more information on just how bad it is, you can visit www.petakillsanimals.com.