News: PETA Barks Back At Kanye West's 'Theraflu' Disses, "What's Draggin' On The Floor Is His Reputation"
Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 5:00PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West not only has to worry about a response from NBA star Kris Humphries, but now is catching heat courtesy of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in light of his new "Theraflu" record.
The non-profit organization's senior vice president took heed to Ye's name-dropping on the new record.
When PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) learned of 'Ye's defiant lyrics, the animal rights group lashed into him with scathing words of their own. "What's draggin' on the floor is Kanye's reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings," said PETA's Senior Vice President Dan Mathews in a statement sent to XXLMag.com. "He's a great musician but doesn't seem to have the fashion sense to design anything more than caveman costumes. We keep hoping that one day he'll find his heart and join evolved style icons--including Russell Simmons, Pink, and Natalie Portman--who have dropped animal skins." (XXL Mag)
On the track, Ye flaunts his admiration toward fancy fur coats.
"Can't a young n*gga get money anymore?," Ye raps, "Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor/Can I have a bad b*tch without no flaws/Come to meet me without no drawers?" ("Theraflu")
Back in 2010, PETA publicly went after Ye and ex-girlfriend Amber Rose for rocking furs at events.
West apparently lives by his lyrics. The ethical dropout--who horrified voters in PETA's Worst-Dressed Celebrity competition last year--and his sleazy sidekick, Amber Rose, were snapped by paparazzi strutting around Paris in "the ugliest things," indeed. Both were wearing head-to-toe fur, and Amber refused to remove her full-length lynx coat during a show at Paris Men's Fashion Week. As PETA V.P. Dan Mathews so eloquently put it, "Kanye can't help making himself look like an idiot, whether at an award's show or a fashion show. He and his girlfriend look like pathetic creatures from a shabby roadside zoo." (PETA)
This later resulted in Ye taking to a blog rant going at the animal rights company.
"I'M BRIEFLY SADDENED BY NEGATIVE COMMENTS, BUT I HAVE TO REMEMBER THOSE PEOPLE ARE SCARED, INCAPABLE OR JUST PLAIN IDIOTS. WE ARE THE F*CKING ROCK STARS BABY. NO COCAINE, JUST LIFE MY N*GGAS!! WE LIVE IT MAN. F*CK THAT, WE LIVE IT!!! WE LIVE IT SO HARD PEOPLE LIVE THROUGH US! WE REPRESENT YOUR INNER SPIRIT!! IMAGINE THE PRESSURE OF BEING A TRUE ICON. VERY FEW HUMAN BEINGS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE CONSTANT HATE!!! I CAN HEAR YOU SCREAMING 'COLOR INSIDE THE LINES!!!' WELL F*CK YOUR COLORING BOOK, COLOR BY NUMBERS APPROACH TO LIFE. AT THE END OF THE DAY WHO ARE WE HURTING??? OH "THE NEW BLACK???" SINCE BARACK IS PRESIDENT BLACKS DON'T LIKE FUR COATS, RED LEATHER, AND FRIED CHICKEN ANY MORE?! LET THE BALL PLAYERS DANCE AFTER THEY SCORE! IT'S LIFE MY N*GGAS, IT'S LIFE! REMEMBER CLOTHING IS A CHOICE. WE WERE BORN NAKED!!! FRESH IS AN OPINION, LOVE IS OBJECTIVE, TASTE IS SELECTIVE, AND EXPRESSION IS MY FAVORITE ELECTIVE. NO MORE POLITICS OR APOLOGIES!!!" (Kanye West's Blog)