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PETA Issues Clarification Over "Super Tanooki Skin" Flash Game

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Yesterday, Hal posted an article regarding PETA's Super Tanooki Skin, a flash game that was part platformer, part screaming acid nightmare, and part fur-awareness campaign. The game has inspired strong derision, outrage, and as commenter Rosa noted, attention to the organization. Thus, playing into PETA's hands are those who raise objections to the game - you know, like me. That being said, while the old saying "all press is good press" sometimes stands, the tone of one's message has an impact on audience perception. Thus, PETA has sought elaborate on its rationale behind the game.

From GamePolitics:

"Mario fans: Relax! PETA's game was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur," Shakira Croce, PETA's media coordinator said. "We wish real-life tanukis could fly or swat enemies away with their tails and escape from those who profit from their skins. You can help them by never buying real fur."

Additional thoughts await after the jump!

I can see the Super Tanooki Skin game as a sort of cutesy (in a very macabre way) call to awareness about an issue near and dear to their hearts, but as far as being a "fun, tongue-in-cheek" affair - thus serving as a "you just didn't get it" explanation - I call BS. Compared to the "Your Mommy Kills Animals" leaflet - not to mention it's thrilling sequel, "Your Daddy Kills Animals" - Super Tanooki Skin is almost vanilla. Moreover, everything about the game, its inception, and its distribution - smacks of an echo chamber, in which not one dissenting voice says "You know, this might make us look like d*cks." If I were a bit more conspiracy-minded, I might venture a guess that PETA was little more than a front group for the fur industry, deliberately aiming to undermine the animal rights movement. Instead, the comically graphic imagery in Super Tanooki Skin and "Your Mommy/Daddy Kills Animals" reeks of adolescent angst - like a teenage boy leaving sketches of severed head and disemboweled torsos strewn about his room, in the hope that it will grant the attention he so clearly desires - and it has just as much intellectual and artistic merit.

Granted, it's just a miniscule footnote in the daily news, but speaking purely for myself, it's annoying. For those of us who have sympathy for some of PETA's aims - the whole fur industry does strike me as fundamentally distasteful - it makes all of us look like clowns. During my anti-war protesting days, most of us assembled peacefully, held together by a cause we all shared - and while we did so with all the fervor one might expect,, there was a collective understanding that image was important. Still, like clockwork, there was the one dingbat who held high his sign, reading "Stop The J*w Media." PETA, you don't want to be that guy.

There's a debate to be had about animal testing, fur production, and the like, but until PETA either rejects ridiculous tactics - at the very least, they could offer some sort of acknowledgment that they may have tread into the realm of silliness - they will simply have to sit at the kids' table.

Stop playing with your mashed potatoes, Billy.

9 Comments

Ryhmeswithglue said:

Peta is in the news this morning wanting Turkey, TX to change their name to Tofurkey, TX. How do they expect to be treated seriously when they act so juvenile?

Charlie said:

I think it worked, I had no idea people were skinning these raccoon dogs for fur. Now I do.

Dehnus said:

IN all seriousness though the Racoondog Furtrade is terible. Atleast have the decency to kill the animal before you start skinning. And not beat it against the ground for amusement, then cut the legs of while it is still alive. Skin it.. so it can writhe in pain in a basket with previous victims.. still alive while people look as a crowd and are enjoying it as monsters.

They have a point that they at least should be killed before being skinned. But I guess that is Japanese Culture that I don't understand and is racism to mention.. just like when you mention whaling or the Dolphin hunt. Or in Korea.... eating dogs by whipping them to death as "fear makes the meat more tender" crapfest. Be a man and kill em first!

Again Mario is not a Racoon Dog as such and about that PETA should STFU.

fillerbunny9 said:

calm down guys! we totally didn't mean to actually be held accountable! it was a joke, get it?!

silenthorrors said:

@Dehnus That's some nice white privilege there on display for the whole world.

You mention Japan and Korea, but yet you fail to mention that the USA tests their products on live animals. You also fail to mention that Iceland is a big time whaling economy. You also fail to mention the millions upon millions of cattle, chickens, and pigs in the United States that are cramped into tiny pens for their entire lives while being force fed bio engineered and hormone infused feed. I agree almost every country in the world, including Japan and Korea, needs to improve on how they treat animals, but people like you never point the finger at yourself, you point at the scary yellow people.

KC said:

They're not scary yellow people. They just have jaundice.

(total rice queen here before the hate mail starts flying)

jayoshi said:

I know! The Simpsons are really scary!

Dehnus said:

@SilentHorrors

That in itself is another problem. First of all I"m NOT from the USA. But I agree with you those MEGA FARMS should stop.

It just is another topic then the Tanooki Furtrade or the overfishing by the Japanese Nation. Inf act they tend to discredit all criticism by :"OMG RACIST!". Even against Sea Shepherd when they even try to stop Norwegian Whaling.

Just Japanese tend to overdo it, even fish just outside of international waters of poor countries thus causing local fishermen not being able to catch a good meal any more.

Face it in regards to these things, the Japanese are not very enlightened.

The testing on live animals you mention, and the mega farms are also things I'm against. But, even do I am a vegetarian, I don't mind leather nor do I mind meat eaters. Provided you don't cause the animal suffering like done in Korea with whipping the dogs until they die for "Having better tasting meat from fear". Be a man kill the animal first!

gia said:

PETA are nothing but greedy, murdering clowns with no moral high ground to judge ANYONE. They slaughter millions of animals in their so-called shelters, pardon, animal extermination camps every year. They spend more on sexist, misogynistic campaigns than they do on actually helping animals.

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