Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reilly recently exchanged some words on PETA. Turns out Miller thinks PETA isn’t all that bad. But he criticizes what he calls their “bedside manners,” or way of going about their activism, even joking that “animals are embarrassed that they front them.”
O’REILLY: All right. Let’s get on to you can’t have the circus anymore. The PETA people say that the circus is brutal to the animals and they’re taking their case to the kids. In Baltimore, PETA activists dressed up, and they’re telling kids that, you know, all kind of mean stuff is happening at the circus. What do you think?
MILLER: I think PETA people are emotional wrecks. I think they have been so horribly disappointed by their fellow human beings that they have to cozy up to a ferret to have a friend. And I think there are even animals out there who are embarrassed that they front them. They ought to lay off the kids, although psychologically and intellectually, that’s who they’re akin to. But the simple fact is kids love the circus. And PETA to get in the middle of that, it’s just, you know, like I said, it’s embarrassing to them.
I feel empathy and I feel loathing for PETA. Because sometimes I look at them and I go, “Wow, they’ve been so cracked up about fellow humans, they’ve got to befriend the pet world.” And then there are other times that I think, “Oh, shut up, you’re going to have a kid one day, for God’s sakes. Let him go to the circus.”
O’REILLY: Well, I feel the same way. I think PETA did some good work in the cruelty to animals stuff. But they’re just way over the line.
MILLER: Bill, they do good — they do good work with the clumsiest bedside manner imaginable.
MILLER: They could do better work if they just used their heads.
What’s your opinion on PETA? Do you agree with Miller on their tactics? Or does he need to get educated on the horrors circuses really put animals through?
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