Video: Joaquin Phoenix Is Drowning For PETA

Is something fishy going on with Joaquin Phoenix's PETA ad? The animal rights group alleges it's been shut out of an opportunity to air the video seen here on the Oscars' big night!

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Joaquin Phoenix is willing to go to great lengths to promote the vegan lifestyle along with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), but their efforts have reportedly been shut down by the Oscars.

The actor, seen below drowning to get his point across in a 40-second spot, will apparently not get to see his work air during the 2013 Academy Awards on Feb. 24 because of its "controversial" nature.

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Along with dramatic footage of Joaquin Phoenix (whom you may recall was already no fan of the Oscars' "bulls***") losing his breath underwater, the actor's voice-over narrates eerily, "In water, humans drown just as fish suffocate on land. It's slow and painful and frightening. And we do it to more than one trillion fish every year."

In a statement to E! News, PETA explained of the kerfuffle, "Capitalizing on the buzz surrounding Phoenix's critically acclaimed performance in The Master, PETA moved to place the ad during the Academy Awards, but ABC deemed the video to be too political and controversial to run during the broadcast."

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Not too hot, however, for television at all. The PETA spot is instead scheduled to air during late-night television's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but you can go ahead and check out Joaquin Phoenix drowning for his beliefs right here, right now.

Do you think Joaquin Phoenix's PETA ad should be allowed to air during the Oscars?

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boo February 21, 2013 | 9:42 PM

i'm a vegan...and i don't like peta. i don't like their approach. i feel their use of (mild) "bullying" and adolescent antics detracts from the cause they are fighting for. if they could bring awareness in an educational and yet non-attacking way, i'd support their efforts. but, for the most part, they don't. i think that turns a lot of people off and when you do that, it's hard to reopen that door and get people to hear you out -- because you've almost made a mockery of what you are fighting for. it hurts animal welfare in the end...which defeats the whole purpose. but rock on, mr. phoenix. much respect for your compassionate choices. (and incredible job in "the master"...my money's on you to be the (surprising aka "not daniel day lewis") winner at the oscars.)

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