“PETA should have several seats,” sassy news anchor Don Lemon said on CNN news last night after the animal rights groups tweeted that using anti-animal language is equivalent to racism, ableism, and homophobia.
The animal activist organization claimed that using idioms such as “beat a dead horse” trivializes cruelty toward animals and is a form of “speciesism.” Instead, we should use animal-friendly adaptations, such as “feed a fed horse.”
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: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
PETA’s tweets spawned a backlash from queers and people of color, who were quick to note that first and foremost, animals don’t understand human language, and thus, cannot be offended. Second, that systemic violence against people of color, queer communities, and the differently abled are far worse than saying something like, “Take the bull by the horns.” Conflating the two trivializes the plight of marginalized groups who experience discrimination and threats of violence on a daily basis.
PETA is always conflating their work with the struggles of black people, queer people, and other people of color I’m so glad I just had steak for lunch
— Ira (@ira) December 4, 2018
Thanks for trivialising centuries of oppression imposed upon queer people like myself, PETA. Next time someone calls me a faggot on the street, I'll be sure to think of all the birds being figuratively killed by stones and realise how unimportant my problems really are. https://t.co/4eg5cjJ0oe
— Neal Jennings (@nealjennings) December 5, 2018
You can definitely tell that peta does not have any people of color, queer people, or differently abled people working for them...
— BABYGIRL AUB dec.18th (@AubriaHull) December 5, 2018
Y’all know you can make your argument without stepping on the backs of POC and queer folx, right? right? https://t.co/REkwN9KTDS
— S.R.Toliver (@SR_Toliver) December 5, 2018
Trans people are in constant danger, sex trafficking still exists, parts of the African continent are running out of water. I can still lose jobs because I’m queer. Keep championing against animal cruelty, but also throw your voice behind something that can save human lives.
— Caity Hamilton (@liveincolor88) December 6, 2018
Hi, I'm a queer and disabled human who loves my animals dearly and I think it's pretty fucking gross to compare homophobia and ableism to animal cruelty. I'm white and can't experience racism so I'll stay in my lane there, but seriously, PETA, wtf.
— Phoradendron tomentosum (@TheDJValkyrie) December 5, 2018
That image + Peta's second tweet are going to give me a hernia I can't handle this
Comparing "be a guinea pig" and "bringing home the bacon" to language used to attack and discriminate against people of colour, queer people, and disabled folks is just... an absolute new level.
— Takoto [ Commissions Open ] (@Takoto) December 5, 2018
We’re now over here waiting for PETA to tell gay bears, otters, and pups they’re culturally appropriating the four-legged community.