The Offspring are in some absolutely scalding hot water with PETA for featuring a pair of chimps monkeying around a strip club in their music video for ‘We Never Have Sex Anymore’. If you need to read that sentence again, then you’re probably not alone.
The veteran rockers launched the music video for their new single ‘We Never Have Sex Anymore’ and it features two chimps who are supposed to be husband and wife, along with John Stamos from Full House.
The clip shows the lover chips losing their romantic spark and Stamos taking the ‘husband’ chimp out for a night on the town to a raging strip club.
While the sentiment is surely pretty zany, PETA are p-i-s-s-e-d at The Offspring. They’ve released a scathing statement about the music clip and have not minced any words.
“Today, PETA sent a letter to The Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland asking him to pull the group’s ‘We Never Have Sex Anymore’ music video immediately because of its egregious exploitation of chimpanzees,” the statement began.
“In it, two chimpanzees are dressed up and forced onto chaotic sets, including a set that looks like a strip club, where one is depicted drinking, tipping dancers, and swinging on a pole under bright lights,” it continues.
The statement released by PETA only gets more savage and says that the chimpanzees come from a certain wild life park in the US that are notorious for violating their animals.
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“[The organisation is] A notorious training outfit that has been cited numerous times by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including for locking chimpanzees in cramped and barren ‘night housing’ for up to 18 hours a day and failing to provide animals with adequate shelter from the elements, adequate ventilation, clean cages, and proper feeding.”
“[The organization] also has a history of disposing of chimpanzees at roadside zoos.”
While the concept may be funny in theory, PETA certainly has a point about respecting animals.
The statement continues, “PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that ‘animals are not ours to use in entertainment’ — notes that the repercussions of this music video could be disastrous. Not only does it normalize the disrespect and exploitation of highly intelligent, sensitive primates, it may also increase the black-market demand for endangered great apes as ‘pets,’ which is one of the main forces driving them toward extinction.”
Over to you, The Offspring.
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