Animal rights, nudity, and a strategically placed crucifix make strange bedfellows in the latest celebrity PETA advertisement to upset the Catholic Church. See what all the fuss is about after the jump.
The two print commercials feature model and recent Dancing with the Stars contender Joanna Krupa. The Polish-born beauty appears in both spots with angel wings and a halo and is accompanied with the tagline “Be an Angel for Animals. Always Adopt. Never Buy.” The racy ad shows Krupa as a topless and bottomless angel, hovering over a group of dogs in what seems to be a church. All that covers her naughty bits is a large metallic crucifix.
It's the use of the crucifix in a sexual way that has angered Catholics. Deal Hudson, the publisher of InsideCatholic.com, says, “It's totally inappropriate. It's another instance of disrespect toward Christianity and another example of the kind of abuse that would never occur with any other major religion, because the outcry would be so immediate and so loud that the people behind it would immediately retreat." The Catholic League President Bill Donohue added to the firestorm saying, "PETA is a fraud. It also has a long and disgraceful record of exploiting Christian and Jewish themes to hawk its ugly services. Those who support this organization sorely need a reality check. They also need a course in Ethics 101." Those are fighting words.
Krupa hit back, releasing the following statement: "As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads. I'm doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God's creation."
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it's that the world definitely needs more hot angels!
What do you think? Are the ads too racy?