Get Real: PETA Vs. The Mario Bros. Franchise
PETA, best known for always going about things the wrong way, has now taken exception to the Mario franchise, citing Mario's
tandoori Tanooki suit sends children the message that it's okay to wear fur. That...is a stretch. A loooooooong one. Like if I tied my penis to a lightpole then sped off in a car.
When on a mission to rescue the princess, Mario has been known to use any means necessary to defeat his enemy -- even wearing the skin of a raccoon dog to give him special powers. Tanooki may be just a "suit" in Mario games, but in real life, tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing Tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur.
Listen: I'm all for the ethical treatment of animals (the actual ethical treatment of animals -- not the organization), but this is ridiculous. I'm not saying PETA has run out of fights to pick, but come on. No kid plays Mario and then moves "raccoon dog suit" to the top of their Christmas list. I do know a kid that asks for Yoshi every year though. Me, I'm talking about me.
Thanks to The Emortal, Sean and FableMomma, who're confused why PETA doesn't take exception to all koopa stomping as well. I know, right?! I like tuttles.