Best of 2011: Most Controversial

These stories drew the most controversy (and comments) this year—from PETA's sex-acts-on-veggies ads to Equinox trainers being told to lose their muffin-tops.
PETA sexed up vegan campaign
(Photo: Did Larry Flynt take over PETA‘s marketing department?


The week leading up to the New Year is always a time of reflection. You’ve cleared the stressful holiday hurdles and the fun of New Year’s Eve is all that’s left.

It’s also a time of year when every publication churns out their best-of lists so that editors can unplug and take a freaking vacation. And we’re no different.

This week we’ll be highlighting our favorite stories in each category—Good Sweat, Good Looks, Good Escapes, Good Advice, and Good Food—as well as the most controversial stories we reported this year.

Here are our top controversial articles of 2011, in no particular order. Let us know if we missed your favorites! Happy Holidays from Well+Good. See you in 2012!

1. Equinox asks trainers to lose the muffin-top for its new uniforms
Chiseled abs required. Equinox reminds trainers that they are “walking billboards” for the brand and asks them to wear lycra.

2. Cetaphil: Why the popular cleanser isn’t doing your skin any favors
Beauty magazines and dermatologists love to love this liquid soap. But have you ever read the list of ingredients? *Note: This story is actually from 2010. But it continues to draw readers and comments like moths to a flame. It may be our most controversial ever.

3. Yoga teachers are living the dream. But are they making a living?
Most yoga teachers are living the dream—they love their jobs. (And enjoy excellent karma.) But are they making a living? In many cases, the answer is no.

4. Warrior Fitness found guilty of stealing trade secrets
The former Marines and Warrior Fitness founders have been ordered to pay Pure Power Boot Camp nearly $250,000 in damages for stealing its business plan and contacts.

5. Why PETA’s new sexed-up campaign is a cop-out
Did Larry Flynt take over PETA’s marketing department? Its “Veggie Love” campaign features bikini-clad women performing sex acts on veggies.

6. Tara Stiles tests the so-called open-mindedness of traditional yogis
If there’s a topic in the yogasphere that can cause a yogi conniption fit, it’s Tara Stiles, and her secular style of Slim, Calm, Sexy yoga, proves the New York Times.

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