It’s been a rough year for country singer Miranda Lambert. After splitting with her husband of four years, Blake Shelton, the “Little Red Wagon” singer is now in the hot seat for a photo she posted after Christmas.
On Sunday, the 32-year-old artist shared a photo on Instagram showing off her new Christmas present, a full-length fur coat. In the caption, Lambert showed off her opulent new look with a caption that pulled a lyric from Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” The caption also explained that the gift was given to her by her “Nonny,” a nickname for grandmother. While the singer seemed content in her new coat, her fans were less than thrilled to see the self-proclaimed animal lover wearing a real fur coat.
As Us Weekly notes, while a handful of Lambert's fans praised her new look, a majority took to the comments section of her Instagram post to voice their anti-fur sentiment, arguing that the entire industry is cruel to animals. The negative feedback became so widespread that it prompted a response from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which said it was disappointed in Lambert’s Christmas gift, given her actions to help animals.
“We had higher hopes,” Lisa Lange, PETA’s vice president, told Entertainment Tonight. “Since Miranda rescues dogs, we always thought she could see that whether fur comes from a mink, a fox, or a dog or a cat in China, the source is always a gentle animal who did not want to die.”
While Lambert didn’t respond to the backlash directly, she soon after posted a second photo showing a close-up of the inside of the coat that explained a bit about why the dog-rescuing country singer deemed it OK to own fur.
“Her name embroidered inside is priceless,” she wrote in the caption. “A Family heirloom I will cherish forever. I’m so thankful for her and all the things I have learned from her. Nonny is strong, beautiful, feisty and, most of all, loving.”
It seems that the coat may have been purchased during a time before America culturally woke up to the sometimes cruel practices involved in creating fur coats and accessories. So, while some fans don’t enjoy seeing their favorite singer draped in something made from animal fur, the two photos only display evidence that the Lambert family patronized the industry two generations ago.