Perry promo slammed for 'cruel' koala joke

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Pop su­per­star Katy Perry has been slammed by an­i­mal ac­tivists for telling her pet dog to "chase some koalas" in a pro­mo­tional video for the Aus­tralian leg of her global tour. The plug for Perry's "Wit­ness" tour next year, which also pushes the coun­try's top de­part­ment store Myer and its 8,000 ticket give­away for the shows, fea­tured the singer telling the poo­dle: "Let's go chase some koalas, Nugget."

Koalas on Aus­tralia's east coast are listed as vul­ner­a­ble to ex­tinc­tion, with dog at­tacks, habi­tat loss and ve­hi­cle strikes among the top causes of the pop­u­la­tion de­cline. "This is just ab­so­lute ig­no­rance from Perry and Myer, and in­ap­pro­pri­ate on so many lev­els," wildlife vet Claire Mad­den told Queens­land's Courier Mail. "Perry is a role model to so many young peo­ple, and this just de­stroys all the good work we do to try to en­cour­age peo­ple not to let their dogs come into con­tact with koalas."

The re­tailer also came un­der fire on so­cial me­dia. "How could you even think this was OK? On any level? Pa­thetic. Cru­elty to an­i­mals is not a joke", one user wrote on Face­book. Fol­low­ing the back­lash a Myer spokes­woman told AFP the com­pany had re­moved the ref­er­ence to koalas in the video. It re­placed the line with: "OK Nugget, it's time to get you a puppy pass­port".

Perry is not the first celebrity to come un­der fire in Aus­tralia over her dog. In 2015 Hol­ly­wood star Johnny Depp and his then-wife Am­ber Heard also caused a storm when they failed to declare her two dogs on ar­rival into the coun­try. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" ac­tor drew the ire of Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce, who or­dered Depp's dogs Pis­tol and Boo to "bug­ger off" back to Hol­ly­wood or face be­ing put down in a case dubbed 'War on Ter­rier'. "Johnny Depp all over again," com­plained one Face­book user on Myer's page. "Ar­ro­gance and dis­re­spect for Aus­tralia." Perry, the first user to garner 100 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Twit­ter, has not com­mented about the video on so­cial me­dia. — AFP

— AP

Singer Katy Perry poses for pho­tog­ra­phers as she ar­rives for the Gabrielle Chanel fra­grance launch party in Paris on July 4, 2017.

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