Singer turned actress (briefly) turned author Jessica Simpson is on the road promoting her new memoir, Open Book, but the tour hasn’t been without bumps. Or shouting protesters.
On Monday night, Simpson’s appearance at Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, alongside host Katherine Schwarzenegger, was interrupted by animal rights activists pissed about Simpson’s affinity for fur.
The activists held up signs that read “FUR IS DEAD” while others yelled, “Animal abuser!”
“God bless you guys,” Simpson said with a laugh in a video posted by TMZ. “It’s beautiful that you stand up for what you believe but not through hatred. At this point, like I’ve said, I’m used to it.”
“God bless them,” Schwarzenegger said with a laugh.
“Well, these are the types of moments where you know, when you’re trying to speak about helping other people get through their own problems and their life, and when you talk about god, that is when darkness tries to seep in,” Simpson reportedly said after the activists were removed from the venue. “And I know that God is stronger than that and nothing will hold me back from my calling.” Which is wearing fur, apparently.
Simpson has been posting all of her book tour looks on Instagram and according to Business Insider, a $1,799 bubblegum pink coat she recently wore is made of lamb’s leather with fox fur trim. “Please stop wearing animals, please stop wearing fur,” one protester reportedly yelled. “There are so many other choices. Please stop wearing fur, Jessica. Animals are electrocuted!”
According to TMZ, venues will add security for the rest of the tour to ensure protesters don’t make their way in again. Even more interesting, Schwarzenegger is an ambassador to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She self-identifies as an “Animal Lover” in her Instagram bio.
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