• Bill Maher PETA video attacks Canada Goose-wearing “hipster douches”

    Bill Maher has a new rule: Don’t be that person wearing Canada Goose. In a special New Rules segment for PETA, Maher calls out “hipster douches” and “hipsterazzis” who insist on wearing jackets sporting the fur and feathers of tortured coyotes and geese.

    “New rule: No more douches. I mean the hipster douches who piss away $1,000 on a Canada Goose parka and the hipsterazzi who max out their credit cards to look like them,” Maher states.

    The HBO host informs viewers that, in order to make the fur-lined hoods, trappers crush and mangle coyotes in steel traps that are so painful and indiscriminate that they’re banned in more than 85 countries. Maher says of the jackets, “But this shitty outfit isn’t content to kill coyotes. It stuffs its jackets with the down feathers of geese it also murders. Referencing a disturbing video PETA says was shot at a Canada Goose down supplier, Maher says, “They’re grabbed by the neck, stepped on, and crammed into crates so crowded they make clown cars look like Cadillacs.”

    “Don’t wear Canada Goose, “ Maher prompts. “Only a douche does that.”

    Bill Maher continues tango with controversies

    Maher’s video is part of a larger PETA campaign to inform consumers about Canada Goose. This isn’t the first time that the Real Time host has called out injustice. From golden retrievers being bred to develop muscular dystrophy to the deer being hunted at his alma mater, Cornell University, Maher rarely shies away from speaking out.

    Though Maher tells his audience not to be a douche, the Religulous star is frequently at the center of controversy himself. People on both sides of the political aisle have taken offense at things said on the perennially Emmy-nominated talk show. Liberals have not appreciated his attack on social justice warriors and conservatives still supporting President Donald Trump do not take kindly to his constant criticisms of the current administration.

    Canada Goose vs. PETA battle continues

    Canada Goose has stated it doesn’t believe trapping is inherently cruel. “We believe all animals are entitled to humane treatment in life and death, and we are deeply committed to the ethical sourcing and responsible use of all animal materials in our products,” reads a statement on the company website.

    PETA has been campaigning against Canada Goose and other wild animal exploitation. The company states, “We do not condone any willful mistreatment, neglect or acts that maliciously cause animals undue suffering.” Canada Goose says it recognizes the option to wear fur as a “personal choice” and that they respect that.

    Maher’s video sheds light on the unlawful mistreatment of animals for vanity purposes. He ends the segment saying, “Moral of the story: don’t be that person who wears the fur and feathers of tortured animals. You won’t look cool—you’ll look cold.”

    Kaitlin Tunstall

    Kaitlin Tunstall ’19, of New York, attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College and expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. Kaitlin is an English major with a focus in Journalism and Creative Writing. Having worked as both a freelance writer and college assistant, Kaitlin hopes to broaden her skills into academia and editorial work. After graduation, Kaitlin plans to travel Asia before continuing her studies at a CUNY four-year university.

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