Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Vlatka Pokos Stands Up To Thugs

Ten years ago Croatian pop singer, model and TV show hostess Vlatka Pokos was one of Croatia's greatest stars. Her moment of glory was, however, short-lived. Her brand of music was too urban or her clothing tastes too refined for the nation that would turn to Severina Vučković (Severina Vuckovic) as one of its icons. Pokos remained part of Croatia's jet-set, but the media never showed as much interest in her as before.

All that changed few days ago because some of Pokos' fashion choices. Her decision to wear fur coats caught the attention of certain small band of people who share some of Adolf Hitler's worldview – animal rights activists.

After few weeks of intense media campaign, they staged demonstrations in front of Vlatka Pokos' home.

Pokos reacted by appearing on Sunday afternoon HRT talk show and said something no people had dared to do in Croatia – using Brigitte Bardot as an example, she proved that being devoted to animal rights doesn't prevent people from being racists and homophobes.

Pokos' argument could have been much better if she used example of British animal rights activists who torched labs and killed people or the individual who shot Pym Fortuyn in Holland.

However, finally someone dared to reveal emperor's new clothes and show that kindness towards animals doesn't exclude cruelty towards people and that the most noble and seemingly harmless idea can bring evil to world once it gets embraced by fanatics.


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