As Rihanna promoted her new fragrance at a Brooklyn Macy’s on Monday afternoon, anti-fur activists staged a disruption near the musician, holding up posters and chanting, “Shame on Rihanna. Fifty dead animals; one fur coat.”
Rob Banks, one of the five activists who participated in the disruption, was swarmed by security guards as he approached the stage with his poster. All of the activists continued to chant and display their posters as they were expelled from the store.
Rihanna’s fur consumption has been the subject of several news stories in recent years. In May 2015, she wore a dress with fur trim the size of small swimming pool to the annual costume gala at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
In December, 2013, the celebrity news website TMZ posted a story in which its president, Harvey Levin, attempts to educate his unsympathetic staff to the plight of animals killed for fur: “It is pure torture — skinning them alive to put a coat on your back when you can have a different kind of coat. It’s barbaric. How can anyone defend torture?”