The clip, which premiered Thursday, features two chimpanzees dressed as humans and presented as a married couple. Towards the end of the video, one of the chimps leaves the house to go meet actor John Stamos at a strip club.
In the statement, which is addressed to frontman Dexter Holland, PETA Animals in Film and Television Senior Manager Lauren Thomasson writes, “There are plenty of things we all miss about the ’90s — but animal exploitation isn’t among them.”
“Every minute your video remains online, it risks legitimizing a cruel industry, propping up the exotic ‘pet’ trade, and reversing years of animal advocacy work that has nearly ended the use of chimpanzees in Hollywood,” the statement continues. “These chimpanzees’ tragic story is something that just can’t repeat. We urge you to pull the video immediately.”
The statement also alleges that the chimps were supplied by animal trainer Steve Martin — not to be confused with the actor — whose company Working Wildlife, PETA says, has been “cited numerous times for failing to meet the minimum standards set by the federal Animal Welfare Act.”
As of Friday morning, the “We Never Have Sex Anymore” video is still up on YouTube, and The Offspring has not yet publicly addressed the letter. ABC Audio has reached out to a rep for the band for comment.
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