Is it any wonder that nobody takes PETA seriously?  The latest adventure in trying to figure out what the hell PETA is thinking was revealed today by way of Yahoo! News.  Apparently Peta is now upset with, wait for it….Nintendo’s Mario for wearing a “Tanooki” suit in the latest installment of the Mario Bros. series of games: Super Mario 3D.

PETA Slams Mario Over Use of a Fur Suit (courtesy of Yahoo!)

Let’s put aside the fact that this has been part of the series since Super Mario Bros. 3 back in 1998, but of all the things PETA get’s their panties in a wad about it’s this!?  Of all the things that happen in the Mario Bros. games, THIS!?  Mario and his brother Luigi consistently abuse all varieties of animals over the course of their games.  They stomp and kick turtles; throw fireballs at fish, turtles and anything else that moves.  How about all the abuse that Donkey Kong has endured?  And strange that there is no mention of the frog suit that Mario has been known to slip into from time to time.

In a statement from PETA, “Tanooki may be just a “suit” in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur.”   Wait…what?  Who’s listening to any messages that Mario is sending?  Where are the hoards of kids jumping up into brick ceilings, stomping on turtles, or eating flowers to throw fireballs.  Oh, that’s right, there isn’t.  That’s probably because even the 5 year olds playing these games know it’s not real.

It’s not like he’s catching the Tanooki (which I didn’t even realize was a real animal) and skinning it right there on the screen.  Which, for anyone that’s played Red Dead Redemption knows, is frakking awesome!  No, he’s eating a leaf.  Nevermind how the hell that works, but obviously it’s just some elaborate costume.  Shouldn’t PETA be freaking out about people dressing up as a cat, dog, horse, or whatever during Halloween?

In the end, this is just more proof that the people of PETA are frakking insane.


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