Save your Skin! 11/17/11
The Tanooki is out to get Mario. PETA challenges the use of Tanooki skins in the classic game.
If you haven’t heard about it yet, PETA has caused a stir by taking on the much-loved Nintendo character, Mario. Why? Because one of his power-ups, which gives him special powers, involves him wearing the skin of a Tanooki. “Tanooki may be just a “suit” in Mario games, but by wearing the skin of an animal, Mario is sending the message that it’s OK to wear fur,” says PETA.
While some may say this is a little silly, they’ve certainly made the most of the opportunity, even creating an addictive (if somewhat disturbing) game where the poor, skinless Tanooki sets out to exact revenge on Mario. From my few attempts I haven’t managed to catch up with Mario… yet.
In response, Nintendo has said, “Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games. These have included a frog, a penguin, a balloon and even a metallic version of himself. These lighthearted and whimsical transformations give Mario different abilities and make his games fun to play. The different forms that Mario takes make no statement beyond the games themselves.”
What do you think? Do you think that this cultivates the message that fur is ok? Or is this just a way of creating hype around the issue of fur?