Triumph calls PETA “cuckoo” and says “PETA had an ax to grind with Clay.”

Triumph calls PETA “cuckoo” and says “PETA had an ax to grind with Clay.”
There’s a cat, er, dog fight brewing over the ad campaign featuring Triumph mocking Clay: Despite the fact that PETA says the ad was initially Triumph’s idea, Triumph–also known as comedian Robert Smigel–says that “PETA was jonesing for the Clay joke” and says “PETA had an ax to grind with Clay.” He chastises PETA, which he calls “cuckoo,” for “[leaving] out the part where Clay said it was an accident that haunts him to this day.” He adds, “Why would I endorse neutering? … all I wanted was to whore myself. Of course, I have to stand with Clay, even if they hadn’t twisted his quotes.” The full message from Triumph is in the news section of his web site, which is conveniently produced entirely in Flash and is unlinkable. For further context, check out the entire Rolling Stone interview with Clay, which without selective editing by PETA, suggests Clay isn’t exactly doing cartwheels because the kitten died: “‘I think cats are Satan,’ he says, almost seriously. ‘There’s nothing worse to me than a house cat. When I was about sixteen, I had a kitten and ran over it. Seeing that cat die, I actually think that its spirit has haunted me. I wasn’t afraid of cats before. But now they scare me to death.'”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.