By Kai Hellberg
PETA has had enough of the british pop trio Kero Kero Bonito’s heinous lyrical content. Their hit song “Flamingo,” which has earned more than 6 million plays on Spotify, is being called out by the animal rights organization for not only encouraging the genocide of the shrimp species but also for not featuring a mention of yellow animals.
The opening lines of the song read “How many shrimps do you have to eat/Before you make your skin turn pink?/Eat too much and you’ll get sick/Shrimps are pretty rich.” It was all downhill from there for Kero Kero Bonito. Its lead singer Sarah Bonito released a statement about the lawsuit concerning her contentious lyrical choices:
“While they have grounds to sue us –a small electro-pop group– for statements they don’t agree with, expressing verbal hatred towards a species that cannot speak for itself is legally permissible. We were simply expressing our inalienable rights with this song and I am confident that we will come out of this case successful.”
But unfortunately, PETA has been working with a steadfast legal team to help protect the rights of shrimps everywhere.
“Slavery still exists in the south,” said PETA’s executive board, “and it exists in the form of the cruel treatment of shellfish by cajun fishermen in Louisiana.”
PETA also points out that eating shrimp goes against the basic principles of Christianity, “the founding religion of the human race,” they say.
“These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. But anything in the seas or the rivers that has not fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you. You shall regard them as detestable; you shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses. Everything in the waters that has not fins and scales is detestable to you.” –Leviticus 11:9-12
A small addition to the lawsuit, PETA’s executive board is also concerned about how the song does not mention yellow animals. The hook on “Flamingo” reads like this: “Black, white, green or blue/Show off your natural hue/Flamingo/Oh oh oh oh/If you’re multicolored, that’s cool too.”
“They mention so many colors but they couldn’t spare a thought for yellow, as though the Caramel Burmese Python and Yellow Crab Spider haven’t gone through enough.”
The lawsuit will take place in August. Until then, only time will tell whether Kero Kero Bonito’s smash hit is truly a hate-filled transgression towards the animal kingdom.