‘Delete and Apologize’: PETA’s ‘Grab a Pussy’ Ad Under Fire for Being Misogynistic

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By Lukas Mikelionis | 12:59 pm, October 14, 2016

This time, it’s the animal-rights group PETA that’s getting a taste of how completely humorless Twitter is.

A flurry of tweeters is accusing of PETA causing offense and belittling sexual assault for for using the phrase “Grab a Pussy” to encourage people to adopt cats.

Riffing on Donald Trump’s recently exposed secret tape recording where he’s heard talking about women and saying “grab them by the pussy,” PETA has launched a “purrvocative ad” to encourage New Yorkers adopt one of the more than 20,000 cats taken in by city-run shelters each year.

But many people missed the joke and criticized the “offensive” advertisement for promoting sexual violence and trivializing sexual assault.

Jayson Flores, a writer for radical feminist site Everyday Feminism, asked PETA to take the ad down and apologize. “This joke is highly insensitive,” Flores added.

Other Twitter users shared similar sentiments, saying the ad is deeply offensive and “triggering,” and slammed PETA as “disgusting” and “misogynistic.”

 

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