The nanny state commies in New York City are at it again, this time preparing to ban all sales of fur clothing. And the hip hop community ain’t happy ’bout it.
It looks like hip hop star Safaree (of Love & Hip Hop fame, natch) has jumped on board a group of black pastors and Hasidic Jews who have gathered to oppose the city’s budding ban on animal fur coats, vests, hats, and other clothing.
According to black fashion site, The Glow Up (which is a part of the black extremist site The Root), the rapper has joined the group to urge the city not to introduce the ban.
The bill under consideration would ban the sale of fur, except for used fur or new clothing made from used fur. Violators would face fines between $500 and $1,500 and having any money made selling banned fur confiscated by authorities.
The bill would not ban people from wearing fur, but it would prevent any retailer from selling it in the five boroughs.
“I think killing animals for fur is morally wrong,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson said. “We are more evolved and it is unnecessary. So many designers don’t use fur so we should focus on alternatives and stop killing animals just to make luxury items.”
Naturally, the animal rights wackos like PTEA are agog over the ban. They are hoping that they can use New York as a precedent to begin spreading the ban to other cities.
But the retailers and people whose religions hold fur-trading and wearing traditions are not so happy with the speaker forcing his version of morality on the whole city.
But the fur trade, joined by a diverse group of supporters including Hasidic Jews, African-American pastors and Safaree, say not so fast. They cited the traditions and jobs created by a decades-old industry, as well as the religious and cultural traditions of various ethnic and religious groups.
The ban would put hundreds of people out of work and close down businesses that are decades old.
For his part, the rapper was infuriated by the ban proposal.
“My stylist let me know about it and I was like, a fur ban in New York City? How could they do that in one of the fashion capitals, if not the fashion capital, of the world?” he said.
Another worry that the Jewish people have is that the fact that they wear fur as part of their religious garb (especially in hats) would turn them into a target of people who hate fur users. If the ban occurs, that would make them a greater target than they already are.
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