Lady Gaga Meat Dress Draws Criticism From PETA

'After time spent under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is,' animal-rights group says.

Lady Gaga may have been trying to prove a point in her Franc Fernandez-designed meat dress Sunday night at the VMAs, but the point was not well-received by PETA, who released a statement reacting to Gaga’s last look of the night.

“After time spent under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling in maggots,” the group told TMZ on Monday (September 13), just hours after Lady Gaga accepted an award from Cher in the provocative outfit.

This isn’t the first time PETA has been critical of Gaga’s wacky use of meat for her forward-thinking fashions. After appearing on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan in a meat bikini, the group released a similarly sarcastic response.

“No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that’s the look they were going for, they achieved it.”

As for her reasons for wearing the dress, Gaga told Ellen DeGeneres it was linked to her decision to walk the white carpet with gay and lesbian members of the military in order to voice her distaste for the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth,” Gaga replied. “However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening … if we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat,” she added, holding up the magazine cover.

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