Joanna Krupa vs. Catholics: Animal Rights, Not Blasphemy

Catholic League objects to model and DTWS star's prostrate pose for PETA

By Natalie Finn Dec 02, 2009 6:03 AMTags
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What's wrong with this picture?

Lots, according to the Catholic League, which has voiced its opposition to PETA's latest shock-'em-into-action ad campaign—which features a naked Joanna Krupa sporting nothing but angel wings and holding a strategically placed crucifix while exhorting us to "be an angel for animals" by adopting, rather than buying, new pets.

Plus, there's another ad in which a topless Krupa holds her dog, Rugby, in her arms, a rosary dangling from her right hand.

More improper usage of a sacred Christian symbol, claims the league, which most recently took issue with an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, in which Larry's urinary backsplash hits a painting of Jesus.

But Krupa is a Catholic herself, and she objects to this holier-than-thou stance.

"It's understandable that the Catholic League is wary of another sex scandal, but the sex we're talking about pertains to dogs and cats," the model and Dancing With the Stars contestant fired back in a statement.

"As a practicing Catholic, I am shocked that the Catholic League is speaking out against my PETA ads, which I am very proud of. I'm doing what the Catholic Church should be doing, working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of god's creation."

Sounds like Krupa, who's also a veteran of PETA's "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" campaign, has thought this through.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is getting quite the reputation for using sex to sell its message. In January, NBC refused to air a PETA commercial during the Super Bowl in which a model appeared so enamored by her meatless lifestyle that she seemed ready to go to bed with her vegetables.


Count Joanna Krupa among the celebs who love their Very Important Pets.