The White House is none-too-pleased about a new anti-fur PETA ad that feature Michelle Obama. It's not that the First Lady doesn't share the sentiment, it's just that PETA did not have permission to use her image.
"We did not consent to this," a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama said tersely.
The ad features Mrs. Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks and Carrie Underwood with the slogan "fur-free and fabulous." While the other three women have gone on record as publicly endorsing PETA's anti-fur efforts, the First Lady cannot endorse any special interest groups such as PETA.
PETA is plastering the ads all over the Washington, D.C. Metro and in newspapers and magazines. And PETA says the ads are not coming down. It says Mrs. Obama's past anti-fur statements show her true feelings, and that gives PETA the right to use her image.
"We haven't asked the White House to fund or promote the campaign, as they can't do such things, but the fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn't wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA's eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.
This is not the first time images of the First Family have been used without authorization. A toy company put out "Sasha, Malia and Michelle" dolls, And last year a group promoting healthy school lunches incorporated the Obama girls into an ad.