Protestors in New York City stormed the stage of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art where fashion designer Michael Kors was discussing his career in the fashion industry.
Over 20 animal rights activists packed out the stage and balconies of the theatre, earlier this week, to dispute the 57 year old designer’s use of real fur. The campaigners played sounds of animals being killed for the fur industry, held signs up and chanted: “Michael Kors has blood on his hands, animal fur is not fashion, where the hell is your compassion?”
The activists also directed some of their rage towards the audience at the ticketed event, with one shouting: “Shame on all of you for supporting this industry.”
The event, which was being live-streamed on Facebook, was disrupted for over 10 minutes as Michael Kors had to leave the stage. The activists were then escorted from the stage by security to allow the event to continue.
“If Michael Kors wants to profit off of animals who are skinned alive, anally electrocuted, gassed or captured in painful steel leg hold traps, then he is going to have to face a new reality – never knowing for certain when we will disrupt his public appearances or retail stores,” said Rob Banks, one of the organisers of the protest.
This is not the first time that Kors has had a run in with anti-fur activists. Last September, a group marched on his SoHo boutique. Those involved with this demonstration have said they will continue to protest and disrupt at events involving Michael Kors until he stops using real fur in his designs.
The cruel fur trade is gradually being shunned by the fashion industry, with many companies recently banning the material from their garments including Vivienne Westwood, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
Kors has been hitting the headlines recently due to his controversial affiliation with Melania Trump, who often wears his garments. Many other top fashion designers have refused to dress the First Lady, but Kors defended his decision saying: “I don’t think it’s a political thing.”