The folks over at PETA have a gripe with filmmaker Michael Moore: they want him to make a documentary about animal rights.
That's cool. But the way they go about airing their gripe--very uncool.
The president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, wrote an open letter to Moore last week, which was publicized on PETA's blog. In it, Newkirk urges Moore to go vegetarian:
"Although we think that your film could actually help reform America’s sorely inadequate health care system, there’s an elephant in the room, and it is you. With all due respect, no one can help but notice that a weighty health issue is affecting you personally. We’d like to help you fix that. Going vegetarian is an easy and life-saving step that people of all economic backgrounds can take in order to become less reliant on the government’s shoddy healthcare system, and it’s something that you and all Americans can benefit from personally.”
PETA's blog goes on to say, "The idea is that if people didn't make themselves unhealthy in the first place by eating meat products that are known to cause heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes, the situation would easier for everyone. As Ingrid puts it, 'Yes, America’s health care system needs to be fixed, but personal responsibility is a big part of why people look and feel as ill as they do.'"
Take that, Michael Moore! It's YOUR fault if you get sick—and so is the whole crappy health care system in America!
Hoo-wee! It's great to feel powerful, isn't it?
Note to Ingrid Newkirk: Go have a doughnut or something.