two-facedness of organizations.

I’ve heard about Penn and Taylor and their Showtime show Bullshit. I’ve seen posters advertising their show. I didn’t know what their show was about until I came across some postings about their show on PETA, yes that animal-rights organization. I believe it’s released on DVD as their second season. I’ve been wanting to post something about this for a while. I just didn’t have the motivation till now.

The show tries to call bullshit on tried and tested or popularly held beliefs, sorta like a contemporary occam’s razor for cultural trends. I may not agree with everything they show. Their interviews are with selected individuals chosen to support the byline of the show. Not that that’s different from how a lot of other shows are done. All hail to them. But even with that lens of skepticism, the show on PETA struck some chords in me.

To quote

Between 1998 and 2003, PETA put to death over 10,000 dogs, cats, and other creatures that the group publicly calls “companion animals.�? Not counting those that PETA held only temporarily — for spaying or neutering — the group killed over 85 percent of the animals it took in during 2003.

This site has some numbers on PETA’s dirty little secret.

There was even a times square billboard put up by the Center for Cultural Freedom (the name of that organization by the way, is all red flags, suggestive of a lobby group).

I’m not saying PETA is bad. What they’re trying to do is a worthy cause. But because it involves people, who come in all shapes and sizes and with varying motives, like every other large organization, they can have skeletons in their closet. You should watch that show, do your research and make up your own mind.

The larger question is, does every large organization have two faces?

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