Yesterday at the White House State of Women summit, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk ruffled some feathers (pun very intended) when she equated discrimination against women to people eating chicken.
“Discrimination is discrimination, and it’s wrong, whether you’re a woman or a chicken,” - PETA President Ingrid Newkirk #StateOfWomen— PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016
Naturally, women weren't too thrilled to be compared to poultry. PETA, however, was not about to walk back their absurd claim, and has dedicated its Twitter account to calling people "bullies" for daring to say that they value women more than chicken.
@crousselle Easy to bully small animals. Chickens are gentle. Don’t mess with women either!— PETA (@peta) June 15, 2016
i cannot with this https://t.co/DxBPOeXOqJ— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) June 15, 2016
@mcbinch Chickens don't need the right to vote, they need equal consideration of their interests.— PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016
@Sunspots1 We're an animal rights group...— PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016
@Dinahsturtle Or did we just point out that chicken shouldn't be discriminated against? (Hint: it was the latter)— PETA (@peta) June 14, 2016
@HPCBrewer Never being born is preferable to a short life filled with suffering and misery.— PETA (@peta) June 15, 2016
@VA_Mob_Member Not equal rights, equal consideration.— PETA (@peta) June 15, 2016
Granted, Newkirk is no stranger to controversy for controversy's sake--she once wrote how she'd like to be barbecued after her death and turned into a purse.
Still, it's pretty absurd to compare women and chickens--and even moreso to defend this comparison.