Tanya Tagaq surprised by reaction to seal comments
TORONTO — Singer Tanya Tagaq has suggested the focus on her seal hunt comments at the Polaris Music Prize gala has overshadowed a far more important issue — Canada’s missing and murdered aboriginal women.
“I had a scrolling screen of 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women at the Polaris gala but people are losing their minds over seals,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
I had a scrolling screen of 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women at the Polaris gala but people are losing their minds over seals.
— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) September 24, 2014
While accepting the Polaris Music Prize on Monday night, Tagaq urged people to wear and eat seal and then said: “F*** PETA.”
PETA, an animal rights organization that has long opposed the commercial seal hunt on Canada’s east coast, fired back on Tuesday.
“PETA was surprised by Tanya’s ill-informed rant because we’ve never campaigned against the indigenous hunt,” said Dan Mathews, senior vice president of PETA.
The war of words made headlines across the country — and boosted interest in Tagaq. Her Nov. 6 show in Toronto has been moved from The Rivoli to the higher-capacity The Great Hall.
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