PETA to Kilmer-Purcell: Fish-bowl boobies do not a habitat make

PetagoldfishSS+K creative director turned author Josh Kilmer-Purcell is in hot water with PETA, thanks in part to his memoir I Am Not Myself These Days, which recounts his double life as a fledging art director/drag queen during the 1990s. According to the New York Post (see second item down), PETA was none too pleased to learn that Kilmer-Purcell’s chief gimmick as 7-foot siren Aquadisiac was to fashion fish-bowl bazooms from water-filled snow globes and stock them with live goldfish. In response to the decade-old transgression, the animal-rights group has launched a “Fish Empathy Project,” decrying the costume and likening it to sitting in an enclosed bathtub filled with sullied water. I have a hard time mustering up sympathy for goldfish, whose 30-second memory promises a new adventure every half a minute. If you’re looking for a victim in Purcell’s story, pity instead the poor trouser snake, which has its own habitat issues where drag constumes are concerned. That ought to get your knickers in a twist. 

—Posted by Deanna Zammit