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Intelligencer: December 6-13, 2004

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The Met Spays PETA
Don’t want protesters at your fur show? Put them in it.
how did the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute put a muzzle on anti-fur insurrectionists before the opening of its history of peltwear, “WILD: Fashion Untamed,” this week? By installing PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad with Christy Turlington in a part of the exhibit devoted to fake fur and the “Ethical Woman.” (It’ll be next to a snuggly, cruelty-free Todd Oldham “polar bear” coat.) Not, says the institute, that it was trying to co-opt the opposition. “Oh, no,” insists curator Andrew Bolton. “The anti-fur movement is part of the narrative, and we always intended to include it.” (The show is sponsored by Roberto Cavalli, whom bullhorn-toting PETA troops harassed earlier this year, shouting “Fur pimp!”) PETA became involved after its spokesman Michael McGraw read about the show on the museum’s Website last spring and set up a meeting with Bolton. “We’re now trying to effect change from the inside,” McGraw says. Bolton says he isn’t worried about the mannequins getting paintballed, anyway: “The museum has gotten much more security-conscious since 9/11.”


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