Because if not, we need to notice, right… about… NOW:
Most of you have probably read about the Terry Richardson malarky. If not, here you are. I have reason to believe these people because it clearly doesn’t make them look too good or their agency too happy if they publicly confront someone with so much power. And lots of people in fashion, many people I really respect, have jumped to his defense. The most common arguments from these folks and Internet commentators point fingers at the barely legal girl who has been pressured into taking her clothes off for photos that will be published in magazines and online.
Ah, blaming the victim. A personal favorite of mine!
“You can always say no. It’s the girl’s fault for not saying no. There is a choice. The girl could’ve refused.”…the girl should never be put in the position in which she has to refuse. I mean, sure, she could just not say yes, but there’s another person to blame, and that would be the person who could just not pressure a girl into performing those kinds of acts. Remember him? And for what reason, other than selfish pleasure? Nevermind the emotional damage it can do to a person. I don’t think its purpose is in the quality of the photos — nudity in fashion is no longer shocking. And as for the kind of things he has asked models to do to him, you don’t need to get some action in order to take a head-on picture of someone against a wall.
“It’s fun! Uncle Terry said it’s fun and everyone likes it!” Know who didn’t say it’s fun and everyone likes it? The people who had the opposite of fun and did not like it at all! Who are risking a lot in saying what they’re saying, whether it’s true or not, and I kind of feel like it’s true!
Seriously. Thank God for this girl.