The Hip-Hop pioneer Flava Flav, 52, had an infamous return to the spotlight last decade. From his widely popular reality show Flavor of Love to his borderline racist Comedy Central Roast, Flav helped explode the celeb-reality television genre and set the standards for what most people watch on cable TV today.
This decade Flav used his celebrity name to help launch a fried chicken restaurant called Flav’s Fried Chicken in Iowa. Never one to shy away from capitalizing off stereotypes, Flav found himself, along with co-owner Nick Cimino, defending himself from unflattering stereotypes when stories surfaced regarding his employee’s claims of receiving bad checks.
Now, without fail, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) put a press release out via BET, lambasting Flav’s choice to make money off the suffering of chickens in factory farms. Here is the some of the letter courtesy of BET.com:
Greetings from PETA! After reading about the debacle involving employees of your fried-chicken restaurant in Clinton, Iowa, whose paychecks bounced, we’re writing to encourage you to bounce one more thing—cruelty—and make your restaurant vegetarian.
If you thought your roast was bad, wait until you hear how chickens who are raised to be roasted are treated! Chickens are arguably the most abused animal on the planet. In the United States, more than 8 billion chickens are killed for their flesh each year, and 90 percent of these animals spend their lives in total filth and confinement—from the moment they hatch until the day they are killed.
More chickens are raised and killed for food than all other land animals combined, yet not a single federal law protects chickens from abuse—even though two-thirds of Americans say that they would support such a law.
As usual, PETA finds a way to blame the person who is profiting from an American food industry that is already broken. Food consumption is a mess in this country, yet PETA feels shaming Flavor Flav is the most effective way of producing change instead of doing the hard work consisting of lobbying federal and state governments to stop subsidizing huge farms that produce an over-abundance of unhealthy chickens.
PETA, which suggests Flav uses soy based “un-chicken” instead of real ones, is not interested in making healthier food for humans or tackling the issues that underline American’s abuse of fatty foods, they just want a vegetarian world.
Flav should take some responsibility for pedaling fried foods in a state where 27.6 percent of the residents are cynically obese, but he also is not doing anything illegal or unique to the food industry.
FrugiVoice: What do you think about PETA’s open letter to Flavor Flav?