Tana Mongeau is receiving backlash for wearing a snake to the VMAs

27 August 2019, 15:22

Tana Mongeau
Tana Mongeau. Picture: Jim Spellman/FilmMagic // JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

By Staff

We feel like we've seen this look somewhere before...

The VMAs took place over the weekend, which meant all our favourite stars from across the world of world of music, film and YouTube graced the red carpet with some killer looks.

But Tana Mongeau is receiving *a lot* of attention for her chosen outfit to the awards. Wearing a golden print dress with matching thigh high boots and some sunglasses, she caused quite a stir with her look because of one added accessory - a real, actual live snake.

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Tana Mongeau
Tana Mongeau. Picture: Getty: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/WireImage

It was very much a nod towards Britney’s own ‘snake outfit’ worn during a 2001 VMA performance of ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’ which was hailed as an iconic look at the ceremony almost two decades ago.

But, since we’re all hopefully a bit more clued up about animal welfare these days, Tana has been hit with a backlash due to the fact that using a live animal for an outfit in 2019 is very much not a good look.

One person wrote: “Snakes are not accessories to make your outfit better. they are living animals and they get stressed just like humans. this isn’t good for the animal and this honesty just makes me mad…”

“I’m disappointed in @tanamongeau and her decision to bring a snake with her to VMAs,” wrote another. “Animals aren’t props or costume pieces. It’s crowded, bright, and noisy. Not to mention all of the touching and flag photography. Snakes are wonderful animals! But they aren’t toys.”

Some else wrote: “using a live animal as an accessory is so goddamn weird. i didn’t agree with britney holding the snake and i don’t agree with tana doing it. can you imagine how stressed out that snake is right now????”

Tana hasn’t addressed the outfit herself yet, but she did share on Twitter how happy she was to be attending the VMAs for a second year.

“Omg VMAs. On my way to my favorite city in the world... another year in a row. I never thought I’d be invited to the VMAs once, let alone twice. I never thought standing on that carpet last year that 365 days later I’d have a show with MTV and a season under my belt,” she tweeted.

“My life was so different a year ago and I was probably standing in this terminal waiting to board that flight thinking how different it was a year prior to that moment. Crazy to grasp that the most constant thing in my world in the last year was attending the VMAs. Fuck.”