PETA Is Pissed at the Offspring for Using Chimps in Their Terrible New Music Video
The organization accuses the band of "egregious exploitation of chimpanzees" in their "We Never Have Sex Anymore" video
Published May 14, 2021In a world where irony and post-irony swirl around, it can often be confusing whether or not "bad" things are actually bad, or if they were just presented in the wrong context. Fortunately, the Offspring helped clarify our understanding of taste by releasing an objectively terrible music video for their objectively terrible new single "We Never Have Sex Anymore." Aside from some aging punkers, John Stamos and some strippers, the video also featured some domesticated monkeys — and PETA is pissed.
The animal rights organization sent a letter to the band's Bryan "Dexter" Holland demanding that he take down the video due to its "egregious exploitation of chimpanzees," which includes two chimpanzees that are "dressed up and forced onto chaotic sets, including a set that looks like a strip club, where one is depicted drinking, tipping dancers, and swinging on a pole under bright lights."
The letter was sent by PETA's Lauren Thomasson and goes on to say, "There are plenty of things we all miss about the '90s — but animal exploitation isn't among them.... Every minute your video remains online, it risks legitimizing a cruel industry, propping up the exotic-'pet' trade, and reversing years of animal advocacy work that has nearly ended the use of chimpanzees in Hollywood."
The letter concludes, "Not only does it normalize the disrespect and exploitation of highly intelligent, sensitive primates, it may also increase the black-market demand for endangered great apes as 'pets,' which is one of the main forces driving them toward extinction."
Also, the video just really sucks a lot. You can revisit it below.
The Offspring's aptly titled Let the Bad Times Roll is out now via Concord.