For those of you who were left wondering whether Lady Gaga really did wear an outfit made from real cuts of meat during the VMAs, the answer is a resounding yes.

The designer behind the dress is Franc Fernandez who says he constructed the dress using meats from his family butcher. The pop princess also explained to Ellen DeGeneres on why she chose to wear such an outfit:

"Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth. However, it has many interpretations, but for me this evening ... If we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And I am not a piece of meat."

Of course, you can't talk about meat and fashion without bringing up PETA. The animal rights organization was quick to hop on board Gaga's meat train by releasing this statement:

In her line of  business, Lady Gaga has a hard time being "over the top," and wearing a dress made from cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that there are more people upset by butchery than impressed by it—and that means a lot of young people will not be buying her records if she keeps it up. On the other hand, maybe it was fake, and she'll talk about that later.

Meat is the decomposing flesh of an abused animal who didn't want to die, and after time spent under the TV lights, it would smell like the rotting flesh that it is and likely be crawling in maggots—not too attractive, really.

If Lady Gaga continues to wear meat, the perfect accessory would be a PETA vegetarian/vegan starter kit. A lot of people will take one look and want one. It's sending lots of people to to download our kit, so I guess we should be glad.

via MTV, HollywoodLife