Goldfish in Fake Breasts

Status: Unusual false body part
image I seem to have been posting a lot about goldfish, with recent posts having included items about blind goldfish, trained goldfish, forgetful goldfish, and swallowed goldfish. So when I came across this story about goldfish used as fake breasts, I knew I had to post it:

FISH have feelings, too, according to the folks at PETA, who are taking aim at writer Josh Kilmer-Purcell. The author, whose best-selling memoir, "I Am Not Myself These Days," chronicles his double life as an ad exec-cum-drag performer, was put on notice last week by the animal-rights group's "Fish Empathy Project" for alleged cruelty to goldfish. As his whip-cracking alter-ego, Aquadisiac, Kilmer-Purcell donned a pair of clear plastic breasts filled with live goldfish. Says PETA: "It would be, for you, like living in a covered bathtub that's constantly moving, tossing you around as you defecate in it. It's filthy, painful and terrifying for these animals."

When PETA puts it that way, it kind of reminds me of how I felt once back in college when I had a particularly bad hangover (minus the defecating part). But seriously, it does seem unnecessary for Kilmer-Purcell to use real goldfish in his fake breasts. He could substitute plastic fish for the real ones, and most people would probably never know the difference. (Here's an article about Kilmer-Purcell in the Fairfield County Weekly, where I found the picture of him as Aquadisiac.)

Animals Body Manipulation

Posted on Sun Mar 12, 2006


I think Fozzie Bear said it best: One man's fish is another man's poisson.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Sun Mar 12, 2006  at  08:05 PM
Fish can
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Mon Mar 13, 2006  at  03:24 AM
Not necessarily, Beasjt. I remembered having read something about seasick fish, and I managed to track it down. This was reported in the Melbourne Herald Sun (as well as a bunch of other papers) in December 2000 (I can't find a link):

A NORWEGIAN marine biologist, investigating fishermen's reports of cod vomiting in rough weather, has concluded that fish can be seasick in their own element. Researcher Erlend Moksness, of the Floedevigen marine institute,based his conclusion, in part, on personal observation of signs of seasickness from fish during transport, the Oslo newspaper Aftenposten reported yesterday. He said he saw fish vomiting in the choppy water of their transport tanks, a disturbance caused by rough handling procedures. Three small bones in the ear help fish find their bearings, and if these are disturbed the creatures can become disoriented and sick to the stomach.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Mon Mar 13, 2006  at  09:52 AM
This picture isn't big enough for me to see any detail. I think we need more information in order to decide whether or not the fish are being mistreated, such as:
How big are the fake breasts/fish bowls?
How big are the fish he puts in them?
Is there any air in there?
How long does he leave the fish in the falsies, and where does he keep them when he's not playing dress-up?
Does he just walk around with the fish strapped to his chest, or does he turn summersaults or do something else that would shake up the aquariums?
What's the water temperature in there?
Posted by Big Gary, constant aquarist  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Mon Mar 13, 2006  at  04:24 PM
Gary, look for the thread at Fark from the weekend. There is a video of this guy/gal posted. I will not look it up to post a link here because I still feel unclean.
Posted by Craig  on  Mon Mar 13, 2006  at  10:16 PM
All details about how Josh/Aqua treated the gold fish is in his book.
Posted by Amanda  on  Wed Aug 30, 2006  at  11:20 PM
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