By Alyssa Goldman, EnStarz | Aug 16, 2012 01:14 PM EDT
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Lady Gaga fires back at her anti-fur critics.
On Wednesday, she wrote an open later to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in response to the organization and its famous supporters (including Ke$ha and "The Good Wife" actor Alan Cumming ) for criticisms about her lavish fur coats and what they consider her hypocrisy.
On a 2009 episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Gaga said, "I hate fur and I don't wear fur."
In her open letter, Gaga said, she believes in helping to shape society for the better, but PETA is not an organization she stands by. "I do not however support violent, abusive, and childish campaigns for ANY CAUSE. Particularly one that I respect. 'Animal Rights.'"
Though, she is vocal about defending herself, she will not comment if the coats in question are made of real or faux fur. "I am choosing not to comment on whether or not the furs I purchase are faux fur-pile or real because I would think it hypocritical not to acknowledge the python, ostrich, cow hide, leather, lamb, alligator, 'kermit' and not to mention meat, that I have already worn. This should already put me in a category as one who appreciates and adores the beauty of animals in fashion, but am not a strict vegan."
The Mother Monster admitted that her morals are not rigid when it comes to fur coats. "You see a carcass, I see a museum pièce de résistance," she said.
Nearing the end of her open letter, she wrote, "I respect your views, please respect mine."
Gaga disses the PETA campaigners when she referred to the PETA activists who flour-bombed Kim Kardashian earlier this year at a red carpet event. She concluded with, "Save your flour to make bread for the children who are hungry. And Kim Kardashian is fabulous."
The controversy stemmed from Dan Mathews, PETA's senior vice president. In an open letter to the pop star, he compared her to "the mindless Kim Kardashian" for wearing fur coats.
Then, the celebrities started flooding into the conversation.
Cumming tweeted at PETA with, "I'm so disappointed to learn @ladygaga wears fur! Guess she doesn't love all little monsters."
Ke$ha wrote her own open letter to Gaga and expressed her disappointment in the star's clothing choices. In the open letter, Ke$ha wrote, "As a fellow artist, I would like to express my distaste, and quite bluntly, my disgust, at the fact that you, someone who is in the spotlight at a near constant basis, would endorse and display this type of clothing."
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