Beyonce is already on PETA’s shit list, because of all the yaks and Andalusians horses she’s skinned to make her wigs and now they’re really coming at her for the sneakers she co-designed and put her name on. The “King Bey Isabel Marant Sneaker Wedge” was designed by Beyonce and Isabel Marant for PMK (stands for Perfectly Made Kicks, not Pimp Mama Kris) and several zoo creatures were skinned to make those shoes. That anaconda that almost killed JLo in that movie? It’s on Beyonce’s shoes. That ballet-dancing ostrich from Fantasia? It’s on Beyonce’s shoes. That photobombing stingray from one of my favorite pictures of 2012? It’s on Beyonce’s shoes. All the animals are on there!
PETA pushed out a statement about Beyonce’s sneakers, because they’re PETA and pushing out statements is what they do. They also don’t appreciate that King Bey’s sneakers are made of calf hair, anaconda, stingray, ostrich and crocodile skins. Here’s their statement via Gossip Cop:
“These custom-made kicks come with a high price—and it’s paid by the various animals who were beaten and skinned alive or cruelly farmed and killed. Although most people aren’t as familiar with the types of animals (snakes, stingrays, crocodiles, and ostriches) killed for this single pair of sneakers as they are with the cats and dogs we share our homes with, these animals are highly sensitive living beings who try hard to avoid capture and suffer enormously when trapped, netted, speared, and skinned alive.
We hope that Beyoncé will choose to wear more clothes from her own clothing line—which features faux fur—and that one day, she’ll go completely cruelty-free. She can always choose the cruelty-free and “green” fashion favored by compassionate, chic celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway and designers such as award-winning fashion queen Stella McCartney.”
The most surprising part of all of this is that they weren’t made by Kanye Kardashian and they aren’t strapped to Kim’s hooves. That shoe is a new kind of ugly. It looks like a pile of white dog shit. It looks like a foot ripped off of a mummy’s body. It looks like a straitjacket for your feet. And how many animals died just so Beyonce could make her feet look fuglier? How. Dread. Ful.