Both PETA and Weatherproof recently put out ads featuring the first couple without their permission, and even though the White House was upset… the ads will most likely stay up.
PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told Robin Givhan of the Washington Post:
“We got a call from the White House counsel’s office,” Newkirk says. “We said to them, we’re not selling a coat, only an idea that glamorous beautiful women who you look up to don’t wear fur. . . . We’re honoring her. Lawyers are lawyers, but PETA is honoring her fashion sense.” So there.
“PETA is an advocacy organization and can claim to be making a political statement,” [Georgetown law professor Rebecca] Tushnet says. “Political speech, even in the form of an ad, gets greater protection under the First Amendment than standard ads.”