PETA And Weatherproof Ads To Stay Up

PETA's ad featuring Michelle Obama.. without her permission

PETA's ad featuring Michelle Obama.. without her permission

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.”

Weatherproof president Freddie Stollmack has a convenient excuse for leaving his billboard up.

Stollmack says he hasn’t yet spoken to anyone from the White House, although he has been contacted. Multiple times, he says. It’s a phone tag situation. Honest. And, of course, there has been an endless string of media interviews. “It’s turning into a dust storm. We never anticipated this kind of press coverage.”

Of course they didn’t. Because putting the president in an add for a jacket won’t get you noticed… He’s the president, who cares about him, right? Silly silly companies.
But the White House won’t likely do anything. Getting a complaint from the White House is different then getting a call from a lawyer, and the White House probably won’t want to draw anymore attention to this anyway, so they won’t do anything except sit back and let it blow over.

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