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Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Share a Headline With Tila Tequila, Officially Making It Their Worst Day Eva

June 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Russell Simmons lauded his Global Grind blogger Tila Tequila this week for drawing an impressive number of traffic to her recent post on declining to wear fur.

Tila’s post features a horrific, graphic video of live animals being skinned alive for the Chinese fur trade (via PETA), as well as her advice to those who love the look: “[J]ust fake it..its [sic] less expensive and you can wear your new outfit without guilt.”

If you’re wondering why someone like Tila should be weighing in at all, however vaguely, on the topic of animal cruelty, she’s got an answer for you (and yes, I find the first sentence of the statement incredibly sad):

“It may seem shocking (it certainly shocks the hell out of me) but I have offered myself as a spokesperson for a few causes that I care about and actually have been turned away! As if the fact that I’m a sex symbol in some way makes my involvement less vital than another celebrity.”

Russell certainly found Tila’s participation vital. So much so that in his very next e-breath, he noted that Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy have also announced denounced fur, ultimately lumping them all into the same anti-fur tipping point.

One could call this the ultimate moment of validation for Ms. Tequila! Categorized by a hip-hop mogul as a bedfellow with world icons! Let the planet take notice!

Of course, Simmons did open those accolades with, “On twitter, my new favorite hangout…” which is so unbelievably old-man and out of touch that I actually stopped paying attention anyway.

[via ONTD]
[HuffPo: What Do Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Tila Tequila Have in Common?]


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Jason Wu Puts Fur Collection in Cold Storage

February 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

After announcing only a few weeks ago that he was designing a “significant fur collection,” Jason Wu, who created Michelle Obama’s inauguration ball dress, is now saying that the line is on hold fur now while he focuses on ready-to-wear, i.e. Sorta-Real People Clothes.

TRANSLASIAN: Global warming is real! Luxury is out! And I really don’t want a tofu pie in my cute little face!

Glad you finally took stock of the world around you, kid.

Thanks, Jasmine!

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BABEWATCH: Thuy Nguyen

January 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Thuy Nguyen

Hails from: La La

Occupation: Co-founder of the blog organic, Green Grown and Sexy.

Why She’s A Babe: Yes, we’re biased because she rocks a most attractive surname. But bias aside, Nguyen’s a glamorously un-crunchy poster girl for the new green millenium: a pretty lady that recycles, kicks back sustainable liquor, would rather go naked than wear fur–but would still look great in a bikini.

Listen, we’re human! And we’re often swayed by a pretty face. With a spokesperson like her nudging at us to do so, we can almost imagine ourselves giving up Korean BBQ and frito pie. Almost.

Source Source Source Source

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Sarah Palin Turning Polar Bears in Japan Green

September 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Snowy white polar bears at the Higashiyama Zoo in Japan are turning green. And Governor Palin doesn’t consider these guys “endangered”?



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July 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We don’t always see eye-to-eye with the activism efforts of PETA’s aggressive (nutjob) leader Ingrid Newkirk, but that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes play for the same team.

This week, Newkirk sent Stone (and her agent at ICM) a letter containing a truly thoughtful offer. Allow us to provide an excerpt:

I am writing with an offer that could provide an opportunity for you to escape all future public condemnation when you show insensitivity to the suffering of others.

Given that millions of people – including children – were killed, injured, and left homeless by the recent earthquake in China, everyone was shocked to hear you dismiss the devastating effects of this disaster. However, your cavalier attitude did not come as a surprise to us. We are used to the indifference that you flaunt and the callous remarks that you make about the suffering and death of the animals whose fur you wear so often.

Scientific studies suggest that the prefrontal regions of the brains of people who lack empathy might be underdeveloped. Here’s our offer: Would you allow PETA to pay for a scan of the prefrontal region of your brain to determine if comments and actions that seem to demonstrate a lack of empathy are the result of a physical defect?

Ms. Newkirk, we’ve consulted ourselves and our dads (doctors of science and medicine) and we all think you may be on to something. We believe so wholeheartedly in this cause, that we’d like to offer to pay half of whatever the cost of Stony McStonerson’s brain scan.*

We can’t think of a cause more worthy. Finally! Answers!

*this offer subject change in light of DISGRASIAN bank account standings. We will probably charge this on our maxed-out AmEx and then call the creditors citing fraud. But hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?


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Whatever Fur?

April 15th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

You know when you’re waiting in line at a a fast food counter, maybe at an airport McDonald’s for a cheeseburger, or Wendy’s for a cute, cold, delicious Frosty? And there’s a dude in front of you that smells a little bit like old hair, who makes a giant production of ordering: two double cheeseburgers, one fried chipotle sandwich with extra bacon, one fried chicken salad with extra ranch and croutons, extra large fries, an order of chicken nuggets, a cup of chili, and two apple pies.

“Oh,” he adds. “And an extra large Diet Coke.”

You think the same thing to yourself every time. He’s not foolin’ anybody with that Diet Coke. He just ain’t foolin’ anybody.

And in my opinion, neither is Japanese fashion designer Chie Imai, whose “ecological fur” creations (designs that incorporate recycled synthetic fabrics with real chinchilla and mink fur) seem to me just an green-market-era semantical ploy.

This is not about positions on the fur issue–it’s about calling a spade a spade. And, my friends, “eco-fur” (LIKE WHA??) is a spade.


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January 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Conversation overheard at DISGRASIAN HQ during morning espresso:

DIANA: We don’t really talk much about the Olsen twins.

JEN: Wait, wait… it’s just “the Olsens” now. Silent “twins.”

DIANA: Right. We don’t talk about those dudes.

JEN: What’s there to say? They’re midgets, they’re probably still anorexic, they hate smiling with teeth, they have poor posture, they love coffee-to-go and fashion shows, it’s a wonder that they don’t ever topple over in those Balenciaga platforms.

DIANA: So they don’t bother you at all?

JEN: Hold on a minute. You know midgets scare me.

DIANA: That’s true.

JEN: But I do love me some Balenciaga.

DIANA: True! But they don’t really do anything. Besides go to lunch and grease up their hair and drink Venti drips from Starbucks, that is.

JEN: That Venti cup is so gauche. Who needs that much of a beverage? Ugh. That shit disgusts me.

DIANA: So we hate them?

JEN: I mean, I kinda nothing them. They do nothing. They nothing me.

DIANA: You did look kinda cute when you dressed up as Mary-Kate for Halloween.

JEN: I’m cute, though. It wasn’t the costume.

DIANA: Right. Y’know, MK has really improved with the slight weight gain. She’s look less like a homely skeleton freak show and more like a garden gnome these days.

JEN: You always did like Ashley better.

DIANA: She seemed more, y’know, together. More so than Mary-Kate at least [Makes cuckoo motion with finger around right ear]. But I’m coming around. I might even be starting to feel half-positive feelings for Mary-Kate.


[Diana shrugs shoulders]

JEN: [clicks on new paparazzi photo of MK leaving a West Village restaurant] Oh. Girl. Backtrack a bit. The gnome is rocking a little dragon lady racial drag underneath her fur.

DIANA: [Gasps] Fur and Racial Drag! A Double whammy! She should be shot.

JEN: Like that animal she’s wearing was.

DIANA: Don’t make me puke.

JEN: So MK makes our hitlist today. Thanks to the paparazzi photo.

DIANA: Tell me again why people take this girl’s picture?


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Kimora Than You Can Handle?

October 17th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

KIMORA: Alright bitches, let’s make this happen.

AOKI LEE: I want a pumpkin, mommy!

MING LEE: Please mommy, let’s play!

DJIMON: What’s the hurry? We’re just enjoying ourselves at the pumpkin patch.

KIMORA: Excuse me, did I just hear you assert an opinion? Stay back there where you belong.

AOKI LEE: Pumpkin!

KIMORA: Aoki, keep quiet and work that dress, girl. When we get home Mommy will let you wear some of her dead animals.

DJIMON: I just think that we should let them take their time here. It’s just good, clean, wholesome fun.

KIMORA: It’s free fun, Djimon. And everyone that knows anything knows that free fun isn’t that fun. Let’s go somewhere for dinner where they can kick someone out of a table for us.

DJIMON: Kimora, I’m not sure that the best example we can set for children is to be loud, obnoxious, and greedy.

KIMORA: Are you calling me fat? I am not fat.

DJIMON: I didn’t even say the word fat. I’m talking about setting examples.

KIMORA: What do you know about examples? I’m a mogul! That’s an example for you!

MING LEE: Mommy, my friend’s mommy said that wearing fur is wrong.

DJIMON: (to Ming) Well sweetie, she’s certainly entitled to that belief.

KIMORA: Ming, that whole “fur is fucked” thing is just something poor people say out loud to make themselves feel better about having to buy fake shit.

DJIMON: Kimora.


DJIMON: I’m just saying…


DJIMON: Kimora, I’m not trying to…

KIMORA: Oh boy, here it comes.

DJIMON: Alright, fatty. Bring it.


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