PETA Is Selling Halloween Costumes of Notorious PETA Hater Pete Davidson
“Spooky szn” hasn’t even started and we already have the most annoying beef of Halloween 2023.
Back in June, Saturday Night Live star and serial celebrity boyfriend Pete Davidson lashed out at senior PETA executive Daphna Nachminovitch after she released a statement criticizing Davidson for purchasing a cavapoo puppy from a breeder as a gift to his mother. “It's tragic that Pete didn’t seek out a borough-born mutt from a city animal shelter, because a scrappy New Yorker with charm, personality and unconventional handsomeness could have been his perfect match,” Nachminovitch wrote to TMZ, prompting a charming reply from Davidson in the form of an expletive-laden voicemail.
After emphatically explaining that the decision to shop instead of adopt was made because of his severe dog allergy, Davidson signed off with a hearty, “F– you and suck my d—,” immediately making headlines and drawing further attention to the provocative animal rights organization. Well, earlier today, with Halloween right around the corner, PETA decided to triple-dip on their Davidson controversy as they launched their latest fundraising product: a Halloween costume caricature of Davidson featuring an allusion to the infamous voicemail.
Since the feud between Davidson and PETA began earlier this year, many Davidson stans and PETA haters alike have pointed out the hypocrisy of PETA co-opting the popular “Adopt, don't shop” slogan when their own animal shelters sport an abnormally high euthanasia rate, with a reported 80 percent of all animals surrendered to the institution being put down. PETA's own ideology is iffy on the concept of pet ownership in general, with the nonprofit officially preferring the term “animal companion” for the furry or feathered roommates that they consider to be individuals of equal standing as their human friends.
Obviously, nothing about the ongoing catfight or the $85 hat-and-hoodie combo is rooted in a consistent code of ethics — as usual, PETA is using the power of celebrity to keep its name relevant and grow its own brand as the internet's edgiest vegans. Basically, they're still just the Pete Davidson of the animal rights world.