PETA has released a new commercial that will air ahead of The Last of Us, this weekend, to warn against the dangers of eating meat. In doing so, the ad pokes fun at the new hit series for HBO. The commercial, titled “The Don’t List,” features a girl who appears to take inspiration from Bella Ramsey’s character, Ellie, on The Last of Us.
Throughout the commercial, the young girl walks through a destroyed city while listing off typical rules that parents give their children. Notably, she mentioned never being told not to consume “meat or dairy,” before implying that’s the cause of the apocalyptic scenario.
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“You said it was your job to protect me. You were always telling me what not to do. ‘Don’t run with a lollipop in your mouth, don’t touch the light socket, don’t go near the stove, don’t chase a ball into the street, don’t talk with strangers online. Don’t do this and don’t do that because you could get hurt.’ But you never said, ‘Don’t eat meat or dairy.’ Now look what you’ve done,” the girl says in the ad.
“The horrors portrayed in The Last of Us are imaginary, but as Greta Thunberg has made clear, kids will face a truly dire future if we continue pumping greenhouse gases from meat and dairy production into the atmosphere,” said PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman in a statement. “No parent wants to doom their children to an inhospitable planet, which is why PETA is urging them to feed them vegan before it’s too late.”
Sunday’s episode of The Last of Us will be the show’s season one finale. The series has been a hit for HBO since premiering earlier this year. The first five episodes averaged almost 30 million viewers for the network. In January 2023, HBO renewed it for a second season, which will be based on The Last of Us Part II video game.
PETA’s New Commercial