Her naked body once graced a PETA billboard and now E! reality star Khloe Kardashian is calling the organization bullies.
It all stems from a recent incident with Khloe’s sister, Kim Kardashian, who was flour-bombed last week at her True Reflection launch event by an anti-fur activist. PETA claimed no responsibility for the act, but Khloe says she has heard differently.
“I just received word that the woman responsible has very close ties to PETA, despite PETA publicly stating otherwise,” Khloe writes on her personal website. “Not only has PETA lied to the public, but they have proved that they support this kind of behavior. I’ve been a vocal supporter of PETA for a long time but I have also been very vocal about anti-bullying, so this was a huge disappointment for me.”
Khloe goes on to write that she considers the attack on her sister a form of violence and bullying, which she doesn’t condone.
“We all need to practice what we preach,” she continues. “I will still continue to NOT wear fur, but I will no longer support PETA. Bullying and harassment is NEVER a solution, and I won’t be a part of any organization that thinks otherwise.”
In response, a PETA spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter:
We appreciate that Khloe will remain on the animals' side by not wearing fur—that's what counts. If one of our volunteers is responsible, it doesn't alter the fact that no animal deserves to be electrocuted, shot, or poisoned for a bit of fur clothing. Khloe is just defending her sister, and we know she has a good heart, so we wish her well. We just wish she also had more influence on her sister.
The reality star took part in PETA’s “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign in 2008 and her decision to pose nude for the organization was captured on a 2009 episode of their E! reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Kim decided not to press charges the night she was flour-bombed, but, like her sister, has since referred to the incident as bullying. Kim's rep had no comment on reports that she has changed her mind and decided to press charges anyway.