The New York Post reports that PETA wanted to run its “Thanksgiving” ad, featuring a child playing the part of a turkey in a school play, but received the same answer from the networks that it had in the past: No.
Evidently the child then goes off-script after the play to explain how turkeys are killed.
According to the article, Disney’s ABC network said, “We appreciate that the commercial does not, as you point out, contain sex, violence or profanity,” an ABC lawyer admitted in a letter to PETA.
“Nevertheless,” the lawyer continued, “we are concerned that some viewers, particularly as we enter the holiday season, could be disturbed by the graphic description offered by the child dressed as a turkey.”
The group, which has a penchant for controversy and bad taste, was embarrassed by another snafu in September, according to The New York Post.
The activist group launched “a major offensive against Hallmark to get the greeting card company to stop using photos of chimpanzees on the front of some of their cards,” because PETA feels making chimps smile or dress up as humans “harms the animals.” If primates are so much like people, does that mean making children smile for pictures or wear clothing harms them as well?
PETA has pursued this issue since 2007, without response. That could be because Hallmark hasn’t created any new chimp photography in nearly a decade, it told The Post.
“Since then, any new card featuring a chimpanzee has been illustrated or pulled from our existing photo library of licensed or sourced images,” Hallmark told The Post in a statement released Thursday night.
“Hallmark’s products and cards featuring animals are,” the company added.
And by the way, primates are featured on fewer than 50 of the more than 30,000 cards Hallmark offers, the company told The Post.
As anyone who has ever looked at a greeting card knows, Hallmark cards featuring animals are “intended to celebrate the love, humor and happiness that they bring into our lives,” the company explained.