PETA is taking a stand against magical suits that let you fly and turn to stone, Tanooki Suits. In an attempt to stay relevant, PETA has launched a new campaign called Mario Kills Tanooki. Their theory is Nintendo's poster boy is promoting wearing fur in real life by donning the Tanooki suit in game. To drive their point home they've created a game called Super Tanooki Skin 2D. The flash game stars a skinless raccoon who must chase down Mario who stole his skin.
"Tanooki may be just a "suit" in Mario games, but in real life, tanooki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur. By wearing tanooki, Mario is sending the message that it's OK to wear fur. Play Super Tanooki Skin 2D and help Tanooki reclaim his fur!"
Now before you freak out let us all remember that this is PETA. Everything they do is over-the-top. And you know why? Because every time they go too far, say the wrong thing, or point too many fingers, they get massive media attention. By writing this article, they've won.
PETA does not actually think Mario promotes wearing fur. By taking a stand against a popular and timely character PETA will get their message to more people. This isn't the first PETA game to try this tactic. If you recall, there was also Super Chick Sisters and Super Tofu Boy.
But don't listen to me, I'm a tree-hugging vegetarian who hates the idea of wearing fur. But Mario wore a bee suit in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and PETA didn't care then. Seriously f*** bees.
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