10. September 2005 · Comments Off on If You’ve Been Hearing More Of Paul McCartney Lately… · Categories: That's Entertainment!

…It’s likely been on TV commercials for the new Lexus RX400h. It A Fine Line, the lead song on McCartney’s new album Chaos and Creation In The Backyard. Lexus will also be sponsoring his upcoming tour. This has both McCartney fans, and vegans, including Paul’s own daughter, Stella livid:

Sir Paul McCartney is under fire for agreeing a sponsorship deal with luxury car manufacturer Lexus for his upcoming American tour this autumn because the company uses leather trim in its vehicles.

It is the first time the former Beatle has signed a corporate deal, but his fashion designer daughter Stella, who is an ardent campaigner against the leather trade, is displeased by his endorsement of the product.

The 63-year-old describes the agreement as “a natural fit” because the two parties “share the same philosophy and approach to creating the best work possible”.

But a source tells British newspaper the Daily Mail, “This is something Stella has campaigned against for years so for her father, who is already worth £800 million ($1.4 billion), to suddenly feel the need to promote luxury cars trimmed with leather has incensed her.”

McCartney had the foresight to demand Lexus remove the leather trim from the car he will use during his US visit, but the cars on offer to the general public will still come with leather trim.

His spokesperson says, “The Lexus Sir Paul is actually taking on tour has been specially upholstered with no leather.”

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