Jada Pinkett Smith and Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are involved in a battle of words, ethics, and causes.
Pinkett Smith is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the activist group that champions rights for animals, and raises awareness of meat and cruelty-free vegetarian, and vegan lifestyles.
Pinkett Smith contacted Rawlings-Blake to ask her to protect elephants from exploitation by “upholding the city’s ban on the use of bullhooks the next time circus [Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus ] arrives.” Ringling Brothers claims the bullhook is a training device used to train and control elephants. However, PETA says the tool is also used to punish the animals.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake did not respond to the actress’ letter however; she did speak with CBS Baltimore about reaching out to Pinkett Smith in the past.
“We’ve reached out about homelessness, about school issues. I would have loved to gotten some feedback, support or concern about those issues that are very pressing to the city.”
Hmm, it seems as if the mayor is pointing out the actress didn’t give two figs about homeless people, and education but she’s willing to take a stand on animals. Do you remember the day Kanye West grabbed the mic from Mike Myers at the Hurricane Katrina benefit. If you do remember the incident, you know where we’re heading with the reference.
Of course this would make Pinkett Smith look terrible, so the Will and Jada Smith Foundation fired back.
“Your response to her letter was disturbing, irresponsible, inflammatory and inaccurate.”
The letter listed several Baltimore charities the Smiths support.
To date the mayor has not issued a response.
Stay tuned for more.
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