What a hyp­ocrite

The Saline Courier - - OPINION - JIM HARRIS CON­SER­VA­TIVE CORNER

If it wouldn’t be a vi­o­la­tion of the First Amend­ment, I think I could sup­port ban­ning all forms of so­cial me­dia that al­lows spew­ing hate while sit­ting anony­mously be­hind a cell phone or com­puter.

This year, Pamela Anderson has re­ceived a lot of hate­ful so­cial me­dia posts be­cause of her Hal­loween cos­tume.

The 52-year-old former Play­boy model posted two black-and-white pho­tos of her skin-bar­ing cos­tume.

Anderson wore a Chi­nese-made im­i­ta­tion of a Na­tive Amer­ica feather head­dress and white thong panties. In­stead of a shirt, her chest was cov­ered only with white paint.

The re­sponse she wanted from the racy pho­tos was “She still looks pretty good for 52.” I thought maybe she was dress­ing in her ver­sion of an El­iz­a­beth War­ren cos­tume.

But in the so­cial me­dia world of whin­ers the eas­ily of­fended de­clared her cos­tume was racist and cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion. Th­ese same peo­ple will wear green and drink green beer on St. Pa­trick’s Day and never think of that as cul­tural ap­pro­pri­a­tion

None of those trash­ing Anderson that I saw were ac­tu­ally Na­tive Amer­i­cans. They just seemed to think Anderson’s pub­lic­ity stunt some how hurt the feel­ings of those it is no longer po­lit­i­cally cor­rect to call In­di­ans.

The im­ported head­dress Anderson wore was made from fake leather, what looked like duck and turkey feath­ers with a few plas­tic beads added. A real head dress is made from buf­falo hide and ea­gle feath­ers.

It is Il­le­gal to pos­sess ea­gle feath­ers un­der fed­eral law. Since Anderson hasn’t been ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of such feath­ers, we know th­ese weren’t real ea­gle feath­ers.

Anderson has built her tele­vi­sion and movie ca­reer on her large breasts, which she is not afraid to ex­pose.

She ini­tially be­came fa­mous af­ter be­ing picked as the Play­boy cen­ter­fold for the Fe­bru­ary 1990 is­sue. She holds the record for be­ing the model on the most Play­boy magazine cov­ers.

The Cana­dian-born ac­tress played Lisa on the award-win­ning ABC com­edy se­ries Home Im­prove­ment. Her big­gest star­ring role was as C.J. Parker on Bay­watch.

She has ap­peared in a hand­ful of movies such as “Barb Wire,” based on the in­de­pen­dent comic book char­ac­ter.

Anderson is a high-vis­i­bil­ity mem­ber of PETA — Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals.

In 2003, Anderson was pho­tographed naked as part of PETA’S “I’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur” ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign.

In 2006, Anderson posed naked with other pro­test­ers on a win­dow dis­play of the Lon­don bou­tique.

Anderson, who was there for the PETA Hu­man­i­tar­ian Awards, went in­side the bou­tique and said she would take her clothes off if the event raised enough money for PETA. It did. She did.

In 2001, Anderson re­leased a let­ter in sup­port of PETA’S cam­paign against Ken­tucky Fried Chicken restau­rants.

Her let­ter said “What KFC does to

750 mil­lion chick­ens each year is not civ­i­lized or ac­cept­able.” She later made a video about KFC’S treat­ment of chick­ens.

In Jan­uary 2006, Anderson re­quested that the gov­er­nor of Ken­tucky re­move a bust of KFC founder Col. Har­land San­ders from the state Capi­tol. She even of­fered her own bust — one made of bronze — in ex­change for re­mov­ing San­ders’ bust. The gov­er­nor turned down that of­fer.

There ac­tu­ally was a rea­son for peo­ple on so­cial me­dia to call Anderson a hyp­ocrite, but not be­cause her cos­tume was some­how racist.

She op­poses wear­ing fur. She op­poses cook­ing chick­ens with 11 herbs and spices.

Isn’t it hyp­o­crit­i­cal of her to wear a Na­tive Amer­i­can head­dress made of duck and turkey feath­ers?

Just like the chick­ens cooked in ei­ther the orig­i­nal or ex­tra crispy recipe, those birds had to die so their feath­ers can be used in that head­dress.

The idea that some­how “it’s wrong un­less it ben­e­fits me” is al­ways wrong and hyp­o­crit­i­cal.

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