PETA Tells “Mario fans: Relax!” – We Were Only Having Fun

Posted by at 6:19 am on November 17, 2011

Animal rights group PETA now says its campaign condemning Super Mario 3D Land’s furry Tanooki suit was not a serious attack on Nintendo’s moustachioed mascot but a PR st

“Mario fans: Relax!”, a statement from PETA reads. “PETA’s game was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, a fun way to call attention to a serious issue, that raccoon dogs are skinned alive for their fur.”

“We wish real-life tanukis could fly or swat enemies away with their tails and escape from those who profit from their skins. You can help them by never buying real fur.”

PETA was apparently surprised at how seriously people had taken its campaign, which features a 2D Mario-themed flash game Mario Kills Tanooki. In the game players control a bloodied and flayed racoon trying to win back its skin.

Nintendo responded to the controversy earlier this week saying, “light-hearted and whimsical transformations make no statement beyond the games themselves.”

We still think PETA should just get a life for doing a dumb PR stunt. Then again we are not sure if this nothing more than good walk back. You know like when you hit the kid in the park and then you find out its the Mayor’s kid. So you try to telling people you were only playing and meant no harm.

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