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Olivia Munn vs. Groupon

Gazette staff October 10th, 2012

You may recall that when, in Genesis, man was given dominion over the animals, it was so that the beasts could helpeth us till the fields and, yay, that they may danceth under lights and weareth little hats for the amusement of Adam and all his descendants.

Credit: Brad Gregg

We’re sad to see that actress Olivia Munn, like so many Oklahomans who move away, has apparently forgotten her Bible. Because she has joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in asking Groupon to stop partnering with circuses that use animals, implying that it’s not our God-given right to make seals balance colorful balls on their noses.

Munn hates circuses almost as much as TV critics hate her HBO series, The Newsroom. In a letter to Groupon CEO Andrew Mason, she says that when they are bought by circuses, “baby elephants are torn away from their mothers, tied down, electro-shocked, and beaten into submission in order to force them to perform ridiculous tricks, just to give audiences a cheap thrill.”

We agree: Elephants should never be given electro-shock, no matter how insolently they refuse to practice their choreography! We’re not sure why she calls the audience thrills “cheap,” however. Circus tickets can set you back quite a bit, especially those French ones. And the price of kettle corn is a scandal.

We may need to boycott Groupon until they do the right thing and demand affordable concessions from their circus partners. Your move, Andrew Mason.

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