This is the proposed ad Peta wants to place at the Edgar Allan Poe house in Baltimore. In exchange, Peta will help fund the museum as the Baltimore gov wants them to be self-sufficient or shut down. Um, HILARIOUS! This ad makes little to no sense!
I can’t be that offended though because there are like a million Poe houses; homeboy was a rolling stone! I know there’s one in Philly, one in Richmond, VA and one in the Bronx—do we need four Poe museums? Let me tell you what a Poe museum looks like: there’s a desk with some old-timey paper out, where he may or may not have written such-and-such story, and then there’s a big stuffed raven. That’s about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s sad for historical landmarks to close, but it appears he only lived in this house for three years. Big whoop. Slap a plaque on there and call it a day.
But really, Poe house aside, is this ad going to do ANYTHING? My only response is WTF? You people are crazy. It’s a bit hilarious though; the guy is having a heart attack next to a terrible play on words. Poor wordplay makes me a bit queasy, too, but it doesn’t make me not want to eat meat (meat makes me not want to eat meat). I know it’s a publicity stunt, but really it’s so bizarre. It has nothing to do with anything! It’s not like Poe died from eating too much meat; no one knows how he died, actually, but a heart attack is not one of the proposed theories.
I know I’m in the minority, but I generally think Peta’s antics are pretty funny. This time though, even I’M perplexed by this one. Who thought of this? Did they have this ad on the back-burner, just waiting for the opportunity to bust it out? Other than the punny humor, veganism has no tangible connection to Poe. I can imagine the weirdos that go to the Poe house thinking, “those vegetarians are such weirdos.” When the Poe enthusiasts think you’re crazy, that’s a better diagnosis than any DSM classification.