Friday, May 7, 2010

This Post Has An Awful Lot Of BlackAdder References

I haven't written anything about the Terry Richardson thing ("thing", meaning "raping young models using his position of power"), because Jenna over at Jezebel was doing a fantastic job with it. She still is, and an assistant actually pointed this quote out to me while he was reading Jezebel. As well as that, it's not the sort of material that I normally put on this "web-blog"- obviously, rape isn't a thing that one should do in life- if one is desperate for sex, one can always hire a prostitute. There's no shame in that. One of my favourite movies is "Belle de Jour"- a gloriously erotic film if there ever was one. But I digress. The subject at hand is Terry Richardson: A terrible photographer and sexual predator. I loathe this man's photography, because it has all the intelligence of a four year old and the sexual sophistication of a donkey. It is as thick as a whole omelette, and it's as dirty as a dungbeatle who has lost interest in his career and really let itself go. I also loathe the actions of this man, for more or less the same reasons. Several models (and I love models, especially on Tuesdays) have come forward, accusing him of essentially taking advantage of his position of great power (that of photographer well-respected in fashion, for Coco knows what reasons) to force young girls, some underage to have sex with him. This is known as "rape" in many countries around the world. Rape is illegal. 

I'm inclined to believe these accusations, especially since Mr. Richardson's well known for sexually-charged shoots (that is, the shoots themselves are sexual. "Uncle Terry" has admitted so himself. I wouldn't go as far to say his photos are- they're merely vulgar. Helmut Newton he's not). Some people have used this as a means of justification- to quote one blogger, Jen "Gnarltude"- "Has no one seen his photos before? What’d they think was gonna happen? All good clean fun and maybe some prayer circle after?" (the full quote is here). I'm afraid this doesn't justify it at all- just because this is common practice in Mr. Richardson's world doesn't mean it's right. In fact, it terrifies even me that this is considered "normal" by some people. Normal is, you know, buying some couture in the morning and perhaps having some champagne for lunch and burning one's old clothes in a bombfire in the afternoon. That's normal. Rape is not.

Here's a quote from Olivier Zahm: "It's totally ridiculous and embarrassing for them. The women who attacked Richardson, it's really sad...I can't understand how people can be so mean. I don't even see their point."

The point, Mr. Zahm, is that Richardson most likely had non-consensual sex with these girls. That's rather a big deal, no? With my models, I'm very protective of them- they're like my children, but very tall and sometimes mistaken for trees. I have a lot of affection for trees. Some of my favourite conversations have been with trees. Anyway- the quote made me lose a lot of respect for Mr. Zahm, who I didn't always agree with before, but I didn't dislike either. He will not be coming to any more tea parties.

7 comments:

sevendialsgirl said...

Fashion + Feminism. I'm in heaven. Thank you Uncle Karl.

stavrina said...

Damn right rape is bad. Bad, bad, bad. I was under the impression that a common social concensus on the rape-bad parallel had been drawn and was over and done with. What I'm trying to say is I thought we were all agreed on this. And I'd hate it if we digressed. Really cool of you to take a stand unkle Karl. I'll definitely be inviting you to my tea party (though I don't know if it would match up to your fashion standards, but one can only hope).

Alecto said...

this has to be the most well-written article i have read on this subject. perfectly on point. i completely agree with everything you said. i have never thought richardson was an amazing photographer, just a lucky one who falls in the "right place, right time" category. his actions are deplorable, unforgivable and, i hate to say, inevitable given his "power" over unsupervised teenagers. he is nothing more than an exploitative, overpaid pedophile.

snoblak said...

Ever since the whole story erupted I have been grossed out by his demeanor. Sadly the fashion industry is filled with wolves and those who will sacrifice innocent sheep in order to make money. Ugh.

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Davidikus said...

Probably the best post I ever read on TR as a photographer, and about his photography. Genius. I would love to quote you on that - how should I credit you? Fake Karl.

I love Alecto's comment too!

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amandakatarina said...

Yes, one must protect the trees as they make beautiful paper. No, no, save them, trees are wonderful...as is Belle de Jour. fabulous. What I do, dear uncle, is have the bouncer hold up a sign to my tea parties that says "excuse me, but stay away", this wards off all predators and uggs.