“Calling humans a ‘rat’ or ‘chicken,’ you had better think twice since that language is deemed speciesist in 2021,” PETA claimed this week. “Words can create a more inclusive world, or perpetuate oppression.”
“Calling someone an animal as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals & justified in violating them,” the animal rights activist group claimed. “Stand up for justice by rejecting supremacist language.”
PETA alleged, “Anti-animal slurs degrade animals by applying negative human traits to certain species.”
“Anti-animal slurs?” Wait. What? That kinda makes human slurs a little less important.
“Perpetuating the idea that animals are sly, dirty, or heartless desensitizes the public and normalizes violence against other animals,” PETA wrote. Wait. What?
PETA’s social media experts encouraged people to avoid human “supremacist” terminology by substituting “coward” for “chicken” and “repulsive” over “pig.”
“Pigs, for instance, are intelligent, lead complex social lives, and show empathy for other pigs in distress,” PETA alleged on Twitter. “Snakes are clever, have family relationships, and prefer to associate with their relatives.”
PETA included a handy chart to make sense of all of this.
Anti-animal slurs degrade animals by applying negative human traits to certain species.
Perpetuating the idea that animals are sly, dirty, or heartless desensitizes the public and normalizes violence against other animals.
— PETA (@peta) January 26, 2021
To put it bluntly, PETA got roasted over their marketing.
Many Twitter users countered with delicious ribeye steaks and fried chicken sandwiches.
“I made a double fried chicken sandwich with a double bacon cheeseburger in the middle of it once and I was honestly bummed there wasn’t more meat,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another Twitter user wrote, “Mmmmm yummy steak.”
“PETA urges everyone who believes in equality and justice to take a look at their personal beliefs and the language they use, and break free of this outdated mindset that denigrates other animals,” the animal advocacy group argued. “Always be kind and consider not using insults at all.”
But what about:
- The Elephant in the Room
- One Trick Pony
- The Lion’s Share
- Hold Your Horses
- That Really Gets My Goat
- The Cat’s Meow
- Go TO The Dogs
- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
- Wild Goose Chase
- Watch like a Hawk
- Quit Cold Turkey
- Fish Out of Water
- Mad as a Hornet
- Wouldn’t Hurt a Fly
- Red Herring
- Ants in your Pants
PETA, you’re slipping in your language policing.