10-02-10 Johnny Weir and Single Issue Campaigns

This week I discuss the problems with single issue campaign, using Johnny Weir and the anti-fur movement as an example. Johnny Weir, an ice skater, was recently criticised by animal advocates for including fur in his designs. After receiving death threats, he decided to exclude fur. Some advocates claim this is a victory, yet in reality it is not, because he’s still wearing other animal products (i.e. leather, wool, silk) and he has not changed his mind, he only stopped wearing fur because he received threats. Also, single issue campaigns tell the public that one form of exploitation is morally different to another. This, in effect, enforces the idea that some animal exploitation is acceptable.

I also answer questiosn such as “isn’t every camapaign a single issue campaign?” and “why don’t abolitionists care about the foxes killed for their fur?’. Last, but certainly not least, I read out this recipe for an easy tofu scramble.


  • A block of tofu, can use either firm or soft, although I prefer firm
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¾ tsp turmeric
  • ¾ tsp garam masala
  • A little bit of garlic and/or onion powder


1)      Drain and press that tofu. Crumble into bite sized pieces with either your hands or a fork.

2)      Fry in oil for about 3-4 minutes.

3)      Combine the soy sauce, garam masala, turmeric and garlic or onion powder. Mix that into the tofu and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.



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