Few things in life seem less appealing that being in the crosshairs of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Yes, PETA sometimes resorts to shocking tactics to make its point but at the end of the day, they are tireless champions of animal rights and anti-cruelty which is pretty hard to argue.
So it’s probably safe to assume that former Oasis, current High Flying Birds singer/songwriter Noel Gallagher may be rethinking some comments he made recently about a family vacation with his sons involving throwing stuff at cows.
Speaking to Britain’s The Sun last weekend, Gallagher said he was planning a trip to visit his grandmother in County Mayo, Ireland to bond with his sons Sonny and Donovan in an unusual way.
Gallagher said: "At my grandma's in Mayo we'd run around throwing stuff at cows. See, we don't get cows in Manchester, so if you see one you just throw stuff at them. I'm looking forward to bringing my sons over so they can throw stuff at cows as well."
PETA’s reaction was swift and decisive, with a spokesperson telling WENN: "A father whose idea of a family vacation includes traumatizing animals who are minding their own business should undergo empathy counseling."
They continued: "It doesn't take a 'godlike genius' to realize that parents have an obligation to teach their children respect for all living beings and that they are creating monsters if they don't teach understanding. If Noel Gallagher wants his sons to grow into decent adults, he would do well to remember that."
As the NME notes, Gallagher - who recently received the absurdly named (but tongue-in-cheek) Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2012 - is set to release a new B-Sides compilation EP next month. Kudos to PETA for picking up on that and having a laugh.
And really, Noel - throwing stuff at cows? Surely a bazillionaire rock star can think of more interesting things to do with his boys in Ireland than that? Visit Giant’s Causeway or the National Museum of Ireland perhaps? Check out the murals in Belfast? Sigh. Let me know if you’re looking for trip advice… I got plenty.