Beyonce - Beyonce Criticised Over Inauguration Outfit

Animal rights activists have fired off a letter to Beyonce urging her to quit wearing fur after she donned a mink coat to U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on Monday (21Jan13).

The superstar rocked a long black Christian Dior garment to the Obama's swearing-in, where she wowed a crowd of more than 500,000 people with a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

An additional 20.6 million viewers around the globe tuned in for the event, and now Beyonce has been hit with backlash for not choosing a more appropriate outfit for the occasion.

An open letter from Friends of Animals director Edita Birnkrant reads, "People worldwide heard and watched your appearance at President Obama's second inauguration ceremony. Friends of Animals' members and supporters were among the millions who saw, or will see images of, you in a Christian Dior mink coat. What does it mean when one of the most popular musicians in the world endorses the fur trade in such a dramatic way?

"The message is that fur-bearing animals who are shot, clubbed, electrocuted, caught in traps or have their necks broken on breeding farms don't matter. Their skins are viewed as belonging to humans. It's a destructive and irresponsible message to many who deeply admire you.

"Opulent, elegant, but most of all conscientious alternatives to fur abound, and to commit to ethical fashion statements would educate your fans in a meaningful way. You have the power to turn your message around. We at Friends of Animals, an animal-advocacy organization founded in 1957, ask you to publicly reject fur. We agree that fur is beautiful - on the bodies of those who were born in it."


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@Warrenvolkwyn: First of all, "y'all" is not a word and it is not recognized as part of the English language, so stop using it! It is obvious what part of the country you come from! Secondly, maybe the two of you can sit down and watch what is done to these animals who have the fur torn from their bodies all for the sake of some egomaniac like Beyonce! These animals are tortured in the most inhumane way possible right before they are bruttaly killed for THEIR fur. Did you know some of these animals are skinned while they are still alive and some even have rods stuck in their rectums and are electrocuted? These are just a few examples of how animals are killed. Keep those visions in your head and may they never leave your pea brain. Beyonce should know better but it is obvious with all her millions she can't by a bigger brain or class. If nature intened people who think wearing fur is a status symbol, they would have been born with one. Shame on you and shame on this over rated singer.

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Seriously?! Now it's her outfit... What next? Her weave? Her nail polish? Her shoes?.. Please give this "Beyonce Inauguration" a rest. She's an AMAZING performer who SANG the national anthem (using a backtrack)... I wonder what ya'll would do if you had to sing live, to 500 000+, OUTSIDE, in the COLD... We all know that she CAN sing... So using a backtrack is really insignificant. @Beyonce IS the most amazing LIVE performer of our generation. Just because she's had an untainted rep, don't now want to look for dirt... there ain't NONE! #BEYHIVE

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