Well, my friends...it would seem that not even our precious world of video games is safe from the idiotic, self-important, self-righteousness that is the PETA mentality.
That's right...video games have now come under the attack of the PETA hive-mind.
It would seem that PETA in its "infinite" wisdom has decided to attack Nintendo...more to the point, the beloved character of Mario because they claim that in Mario 3D Land, Mario promotes the killing of animals for their fur. They claim this is the case because at a point in the game, Mario dons what a raccoon costume that helps him to fly (or rather glide like a flying squirrel) after he jumps. PETA is claiming that the costume strongly resembles a Tanooki (raccoon dog), and has gotten on their ever-heightening soapbox in order to say how Mario 3D Land promotes the killing of the animal for its pelts.
As if that wasn't bad enough, PETA has even gone and created a website in which you assume the role of the Tanooki (which is bloody because it has been skinned) and then you go about chasing Mario throughout his world.
Yeah...NINTENDO is the one with the problem. It couldn't "possibly" be PETA...you know, the ones who are putting such graphic cartoon images out on the internet where little kids can find them and thereby become traumatized by it.
Seriously, PETA...do you NOT see the problem here? Have you vanished so far up your fourth points of contact that your perception of reality is now to the point of being non-existent?
Think I'm making this all up? Feel free to check out the full article here: PETA v Mario
Seriously, PETA...get a frakking life!! Do you have any idea just how many people in the world play video games? That's quite a large population of people to have angry at you, and believe me...they WILL be angry at you for attacking a much beloved character! If you think nerd-rage is a myth, then maybe you should drop yourselves in the middle of a heated debate between rabid Star Wars fans, or watch an avid game get beaten down again and again in the final Boss fight of a video game.
And now with all of that being said, I have only this left to say....
Geeks of the world....ASSEMBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!