Yesterday, Wu-Tang Clan legend RZA was honoured by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, at a gala celebrating the organisation’s 35th year. The multi-talented producer, rapper and film director joined a celebrity filled event to celebrate the continuing work of PETA to protect animal rights and raise awareness of animal cruelty. Hosted by Pamela Anderson and Angelica Huston the gala featured performances by Sir Paul Mcartney and Beck.
The rapper joined a slew of other honourees including Alicia Silverstone, Bill Maher, Jason Biggs, Fred Willard, Tommy Lee and more. Only a worthy cause could unite such a strange collection of celebrities, and seeing Alicia Silverstone and Jason Biggs on the same list ignites a passion for 90’s teen movies in my heart that I previously did not know existed. And I’m resisting the urge to make a People for the Ethical Treatment of Pie’s joke that surely would have been next-level terrible.
But for those that didn’t know, RZA is a vegan and has campaigned for PETA before, stating that “I don’t need a dead animal or a dead piece of flesh to go into my body.” The rapper also appeared in a video campaign for PETA in 2014:
While it’s easy to be cynical about celebrities campaigning for charities, it’s always nice to see the passionate human side of artists standing up for something they believe in.