When PETA honourary director Pamela Anderson came to offer sealers a $1 million cheque to give up their industry, actor/comedian Mark Critch ambushed her with an offer of his own.
Critch stepped in during a press conference, in which Anderson and "The Simpsons" producer Sam Simon were speaking, with a hand-written cheque for $1 million in his hand, telling her she could have it if she gave up acting.
"We've all seen the cruel videos, 'Barb Wire,' 'Bay Watch Nights,' 'Barbarella,'" he said.
"'Stripperella,'" Anderson corrected.
"'Stripperella, sorry, thank-you. They make me embarrassed to be a Canadian," Critch said. Anderson has famously given the same quote about the seal hunt.
"There are so many members of the sealers' association, it breaks down to $165 a person. Will you give up your livelihood for $165?," Critch asked the actress.
Anderson insisted the cheque, from Simon's foundation, was simply a catalyst for a government bailout. Dan Mathews, PETA's senior vice-president, elaborated.
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"This is not a buy-out, this is a bonus to get the government to seriously talk about giving the workers the bonus they need, just as other failed industries have done," he said.
Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) president Earle McCurdy said PETA's offer was "offensive and exasperating."
More to come.
Simpsons producer Sam Simon, Pamela Anderson make offer to Canadian Sealer’s Association in St. John’s
Simpsons producer Sam Simon and actress Pamela Anderson, who is also the PETA honorary director, are visiting the Canadian Sealers Association in St. John’s today to offer $1 million to the group if it facilitates a government buyout of sealers from the sealing industry.
Simon, who is described in a news release as terminally ill, states in a letter that “unlike recent government seal bailouts benefiting a foreign-owned fur processor, this money would go directly to Canadian sealers.”
Simon and Anderson will deliver the letter to Canadian Sealers Association President Eldred Woodford.
"With bans firmly in place across Europe, Russia, the U.S., and other countries, the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished," the letter states.
"(Yet) Canadian politicians remain too timid to initiate a buyout for fear of upsetting swing voters in eastern Canada — and because they don't seem to care about individual sealers. That's why I'm appealing to you as a trade leader to break the ice and prompt a buyout like those that helped asbestos miners, tobacco farmers, and workers in other collapsed industries."
More details later following the meeting.