Flour on Fur?

Just caught a news item today about how some activists doused Lindsay Lohan with a bunch of flour at some club in Paris because she was wearing a fur stole.

People…can we knock this shit off already?

Listen, I‘m the first to admit that I cringe at the sight of someone wearing fur or even leather. Not so much at the person wearing it, but at the item itself. This is mainly because I’m acutely aware of how such a piece of clothing found its way into the world…of the level of violence and ill-regard for life that it represents. And I know many animal advocates who share these feelings. But why in the hell would we want to propagate more “violence and ill-regard” in response to it? Think about it: Someone attacks a human because they’re wearing something that represents the attack of an animal? There is a serious conflict here.

I know this is an emotional subject, and some folk’s instinct is to try to forcefully enlighten the “perpetrator” about the evils of their clothing choice…for the sake of the animals, of course. Well, here’s a newsflash: This doesn’t work! It never has and it never will. It just sets the movement back a generation and makes all of us animal advocates look like a bunch of fucking domestic terrorists.

Voltaire, Gandhi, Dr. King, Jr. and scores of other non-violent activists through the centuries have learned that with every action there is an underlying intention or energy. When we cultivate separation and anger with an action, those energies outlive the act itself. Then – when the smoke clears – all we’re left with is more separation and anger…and a bewildered public who ignores the message as they ridicule the messenger.

Personally speaking, I recognize that someone wearing fur or leather either 1) isn’t fully aware of what’s behind the creation of these products, 2) is aware, but (like so many of us in other areas of our life) is in denial and/or not ready to address it yet, or 3) has a different philosophy about the role of animals in our world. In any case, that’s their journey, that’s their business, and it’s not my place to damage their belongings or humiliate them in public as a way of imposing my belief system on them. Instead, I will use the appropriate forum to make my case and trust that, when and if the time is right for them, they will find my forum (or someone else’s) and proceed from there, just as we all have in any of a number of important life crossroads.

So, please, to all of those well-intentioned knuckleheads out there plotting their next public display of ignorance; let’s update the strategy, okay? Let’s find a more productive platform to channel all that anger. And let’s proceed with a pro-animal energy – as opposed to an anti-fur energy – so that the message will overshadow the messenger. For the sake of the animals…

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About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of seven books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. (He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford.) Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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3 Responses to Flour on Fur?

  1. Valerie says:

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. As for dousing a fur coat with red paint, for example, I’ve always thought of it this way: Aside from putting a stain (pardon the pun) on how ALL animal advocates are viewed, all such actions do is cause additional suffering- not only did the animals who died for their furs die for nothing as their ruined fur remains will now be tossed out with the rest of the garbage, but more animals will suffer as the fur coat enthusiast will simply go out and acquire another fur coat.

    Ruining a prized possession is not going to miraculously turn someone’s viewpoint around to more closely resemble our own. Leading by example, however, might.

  2. Very objective and open-minded perspective…and wise. Thanks Bro!

  3. your neice's victoria and sarah! says:

    WE LOVE YOU!

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