Comedienne Ellen Degeneres has caused outrage because of her new leather shoe line called ED by Ellen. The leather boots are going to be produced in Brazil and are set to have a price tag of about $250 and higher. Although a celebrity launching a leather footwear line is upsetting enough, Ellen is known as an animal activist so this is even more of an injury to animal lovers out there as well as her reputation.
- Standing Up for Animals
Ellen received the title of PETA's Woman of the Year in 2009 for her work to protect animals as well as how she has worked hard to expose animal cruelty on her talk-show. She has also been a vegan for many years. As she once stated: 'If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.’
- Taking a Step Down
So how does one go from wanting to raise awareness and save animals to giving the OK to the use of leather in footwear? Some claim she is in this business endeavour for the money, while it's also interesting to see that she has not displayed her boots on her website. Is this a technique to keep her vegan fans in the dark about her hypocrisy? This is just an insult to injury as fans are not stupid. The Global Conservation Group (GCG) has started a petition called 'Dear Ellen, cut out leather from your new shoe line' in the hopes of thwarting the celeb’s efforts. The star has not made any comments yet. Will she see the light? Sadly, it seems that Ellen has left her animal-loving ways behind as she is also planning on launching a menswear line with Kanye West, who has been heavily criticized for his acceptance of animal-cruelty fashion. For instance, in 2010, he wore a lynx pelt coat during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris and has been pretty vocal in his nonsensical rants against anti-fur activists.
*Image courtesy Flickr Creative Commons