The protests for and against the fur ban in New York City has brought out many celebrities, including Safaree Samuels.The Love & Hip Hop New York star recently made a public declaration that he is pro-fur by giving a speech that was so impassioned, he made the local news. Samuels stated that thousands of people would lose their jobs if fur was banned, while others argued that the ban was an attack on urban communities because it has been a cultural staple among minorities.
On the opposing side of the picket line is RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan who wrote a letter to city council members, asking that they approve a bill that “prohibits the sale or offer for sale of fur apparel, except used fur apparel and fur apparel that is worn as a matter of religious custom.” PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) shared RZA’s letterto councilmember and co-chair of the Black, Latino/a, & Asian Caucus, Ydanis Rodriguez. RZA says that black people showing off their socio-economic status by wearing fur is a thing of the past.
“I am writing to ask that you support Speaker Johnson’s bill to ban fur sales in New York City. I am Brooklyn-born but have had deep ties to all five boroughs since my earliest days with Wu-Tang Clan. Though it may be argued by some that fur used to show elite status in our community because of the inequality we face in society, those days are done. That’s reflected in a poll that shows 77% of black NYC voters support the bill. Those who have expressed that animals must die by the dozens to demonstrate that we have ‘made it’ only show arrogance and represent regressive—not progressive—attitudes. I don’t just say this as an entrepreneur with a line of vegan clothing. Please help NYC move into the future of fashion by becoming a cosponsor of the bill to ban fur sales.”