Some left-wing scams are blatant, like the Clinton Global Foundation, a straight-up influence peddling operation designed to rake in millions in return for favors from the American Secretary of State and President-in-Waiting. Others are slightly more subtle.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has always been a scam, and a very clever one. The people at the top get loads of money for staging street theater, attending lavish conferences in luxury locales, schmoozing with celebrities, appearing on TV, and sending out press releases condemning people for eating meat. Rich celebrities and trustafarians make the big donations, while an army of unpaid volunteer saps raise the money and killing the animals that they claim to protect. It’s a glorious scam, really. Grifters at the top raking it in and living large, poor, dumb, saps at the bottom doing the dirty work.
To ensure the flow of money from dumb, rich people, PETA has created a fake animal abuse video and is trying to make it “go viral” (I hate that overused buzzword) on the interwebs.
What we’d like to do is have Mashable debut this video of a cat, created with computer-generated imagery (CGI), being abused, which will have been planted on YouTube anonymously by the ad agency who created it for PETA. Your posting of the provocative piece would simply be to acknowledge that it’s in circulation – not to make any claims about its authenticity.
Using fake videos to generate outrage. I wonder where PETA learned that from.