Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sexing up The Light of the World

It won't likely happen.
But it wouldn't be the first time naked women evangelists
would be unleashed on the streets of Fresno

The proposal is apparently not a joke:

PETA has a deal for Fresno


PETA wants to help Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin keep the street lights on. All the mayor has to do is let PETA hang banners from the city's light poles. PETA would pay for the space. But the anti-meat banners could upset some ranchers.

This is how PETA describes the banners: "The banners would feature a photo of a bikini-clad PETA Lettuce Lady and the caption, 'Get Lighter: Go Vegan!'"

City spokesman Michael Lukens gave this response from the mayor:

"She said (the idea of) looking for sponsors for light poles isn't a ridiculous idea. We've already made our city buses available for commercial advertising. However, if we would look for sponsors for light poles, there would need to be a formal public and competitive process -- we simply can't just move forward on a letter we've received with a general concept.

"Also, the Mayor has no problem with banners on light poles, but her preference is that they contain a message that's unique to Fresno. She also said that messages on buses can go by as the bus moves away so if you don't like the image, it's gone in seconds. Whereas, banners on light poles are stationary and will always be there, which is why there would need to be healthy public debate about whether this should be done and what the parameters should be."

PETA spokesman Michael Lyubinsky said the offer was e-mailed to the mayor's office today, and Lukens confirmed that it has been received.

Swearengin has proposed reducing the number of street lights that are illuminated in Fresno as part of her budget-cutting proposal. This would be an interesting way to help close the city's budget gap.

But I doubt the idea would get the support of agriculture, especially from the Valley's cattle ranchers.

Here's the PETA letter to the mayor:

June 7, 2010

The Honorable Ashley Swearengin
Mayor of Fresno

Via e-mail:

Dear Mayor Swearengin,

I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters to offer a little help in keeping Fresno in the black--or should I say, out of the dark? When we read about your plan to turn off the city's streetlights in order to reduce the budget shortfall, we had a bright idea: We could pay the city to hang banners on its streetlights featuring one of PETA's lovely "Lettuce Ladies" along with text that reads, "Get Lighter: Go Vegan! PETA." This proposal could help defray the cost of keeping Fresno bright and safe while sending a valuable message that might also make its citizens and visitors lighter and radiantly healthy.

A vegan diet--which is free of fiberless, cholesterol-laden meat, eggs, and dairy products and full of fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, and whole grains--is a natural form of weight control. Most plant-based foods are naturally low in fat and calories. As a result, vegans weigh, on average, 10 to 20 pounds less than their meat-eating counterparts. They also have better overall health: According to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are.

In addition, every vegan reduces water pollution, helps prevent deforestation, reduces methane emissions, and saves more than 100 animals a year from the horrors of filthy factory farming and slaughter. In today's industrialized meat and dairy industries, millions of chickens and turkeys suffer broken wings and legs while they're still conscious, piglets have their tails and testicles cut off without being given painkillers, fish are cut open alive on the decks of fishing boats, and calves are dragged away from their loving mothers within hours of birth.

Allowing us to place our pro-vegan banners on city streetlights will help keep the lights on and the flab off Fresno residents while providing a green and humane message. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

Knowing our wonderful Christian mayor, there is no way she will go for it.
The city which has a redemptive gift of money won't buy it just because the economy would tempt us (see: "Dropping the Drop of the Fresno Drop").
But even the Fresno Bee article doesn't let on..other than "bikini-clad"...what this campaign looks like.

(I am glad that) Until today, I had no idea that flirty female models (often Playboy Playmate models) wearing nothing but lettuce have been evangelists for PETA in public places.
They're called the Lettuce Ladies, and like everyone else, they have a website: www.lettuceladies.com/

Some of the videos there I don't recommend you watch, except to see how outrageous/racy they are.

Lettuce Ladies have been known

to pass out tofu sandwiches in airports, dressed in nothing but lettuce....all for the cause..

You know, this is not much different than what we all do, in more subtle ways..."sexing up the sermon," seducing folks into conversion etc. But our Christianizing/Aphroditing of it is worse!


Maybe Pamela Anderson is called to be an evangelist.

What would Shelly Lubben do?

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