TV personality Olivia Munn, host of G4's Attack of the Show!, is the latest celebrity/activist (much cooler than actress/waitress) to team up with animal rights group PETA for its series of anti-cruelty advertisements, this time targeted at the circus. Munn stripped into action after seeing an online video of PETA's “undercover footage of Ringling Bros. trainers as they beat elephants with sharp metal bullhooks.” Munn's advertisement comes in the form of a giant billboard at the intersection of Highland and Wilshire Blvd., and features the host naked in front of several elephants in their natural habitat. The billboard was unveiled Tuesday morning and reads: “As Nature Intended, Let Elephants Be Free. Boycott the Circus.”
Update below by Liz Ohanesian
Munn fielded questions from reporters following photos. She explained that she was attracted to PETA's campaign after seeing a video of the treatment of circus animals.
“It was disgusting,” she said. Later, she added that she would be open to working with PETA on future projects, “helping animals who can't help themselves.”
Most of the questions at the press conference revolved around Munn taking off her clothes (as though no one had seen such an ad from PETA before). The billboard, though, isn't actually from a nude shoot, it's the result of a combination of artful posing and Photoshop. At the end of the conference, we asked Munn if it's uncomfortable answering multiple questions about the quasi-nudity. She conceded that “it's hard” when so many are taking photos while she's answering reporters.
“I went through the photos with all my girlfriends,” she said, to look for shots that were more powerful than sexual, adding, “I'm very comfortable in my natural state.” Besides, attention is the name of the game when it comes to PETA campaigns.
“If anyone goes to the circus after this,” says Munn, “I'll find you and smash a glass in your face. Real talk.”