What. The. Hell.

Kate CP - posted on 09/03/2011 ( 51 moms have responded )

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From the Huffington Post:

"We were pretty dumbfounded when we saw these strange photos in the Daily Mail yesterday. Heather Morris of "Glee" fame posed for photographer Tyler Shields, who the UK paper called "young Hollywood's favourite photographer" (sure, we'll go with that), for a "confronting shoot."

"Confronting" is right -- looking at the images of the TV show's ditzy blonde Britney with a bruised eye and hands tied up in an plastic cord felt like being confronted with some glamorous-looking domestic abuse. And what is Heather doing drinking out of an iron?

Of the shoot, Shields told the Daily Mail happily, "No photoshop no tricks, all Heather. I was tied up, she was tied up, everybody got in the game. She even put the hot iron on my assistant Jordon's face. He is okay!"

But others aren't finding the photos so funny. Media outlets have condemned Shields for making light of abusive treatment of women, particularly in a household setting. Rita Smith, executive director for the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, told E!, "I don't know if Tyler is aware but I'm quite sure there are plenty of women who have been abused by these kinds of household appliances and children as well being hit with electrical cords."

But Shields defended his artistic concept, telling E!, "In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that's exactly what we did!"

See the pictures in question below -- does this photo shoot send the wrong message?"

See the pictures here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/02...

So...offensive? Stupid? Makes no sense? What's the point?

Discuss, ladies. ;)

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Amy - posted on 09/05/2011

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I am an artist and I am all for artistic expression so I won't say they should or shouldn't have done this. Mapplethorpe ticked off a lot of people too but if you took away the subject matter, the photos were well done. I will say that in my opinion these were not photographed well, the styling is boring, the lighting isn't interesting and composition is blah. If the photos were put in front of an art class they would be shredded, not for the message but for the product. You can say anything you want with your art but if you are going to be controversial you better know exactly what you are saying and you better do a damn good job of it.

Kylie - posted on 09/04/2011

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I dont like the pics. I dont get them, so i think they are crap and glamorizing abuse. It might have worked with a different actress, better makeup and interesting set design. WTF is a bruised up barbie doll? Surely they could have come up with something a little more meaningful and cool than that. When i see those photos i imagine what was going through the photographer/stylisys mind..."OK shes got blond hair and he plays a ditsy school girl, lets make her look like shes been bashed and through in a full skirt and an iron to make it look like we thought about it." I dont like the message it send to children who watch glee.
And I guess I dont really count celebrity propaganda as art, maybe thats my problem.

Leigha - posted on 09/06/2011

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I am not easily offended but this is just dumb. I'm offended by how simply BAD these pictures are. Not funny, not artistic, nonsensical....And I generally have a very "off" sense of humor.

Dana - posted on 09/04/2011

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They're just stupid photos really. I think they're lame and tacky.
And I do think it's the wrong message to send to young viewers.

Erin - posted on 09/05/2011

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I like the idea they were TRYING to convey, but I think this was a miss. Making people more aware of domestic abuse, and the fact that its still around, still rampant, and something you can help prevent, is always a good thing, but it should have been done properly. These shots look like they had too much fun on the set doing it, and maybe dont quite get the message themselves?

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/07/2011

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I'm offended that some magazine had to pay a lot of money for these horrid pictures. Other than that meh.

The salon one was a bit much though. I'll have to find out what's going on over in Edmonton with that one.

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I’m not offended by these photos at all, I don't see abuse when I look at them I see poor quality boring photos. The salon ad sends a awful message but like Feen has suggested it is a good chance to open dialogue with older children about abuse and domestic violence.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/06/2011

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Meh death threats are a waste of time. Especially for photos this horridly done

Stifler's - posted on 09/06/2011

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I'm not offended I just think these are lame photos and don't understand the concept of smiling when you're hogtied. She looks like an idiot. Anyone who makes death threats is certainly a nut job.

Charlie - posted on 09/06/2011

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And now the photographer is recieving death threats from the people who are offended by the violence portrayed in his images ...... yup makes loads of sense.

Becky - posted on 09/05/2011

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I don't necessarily find them offensive, but I did think they were stupid and they certainly didn't appeal to me in any way. The salon ad, on the other hand, was very offensive. WTH were they thinking???

Charlie - posted on 09/05/2011

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I agree Amy !

I can see people are worried about the effect it will have on tweens/teens , I just dont see why a negative has to remain a negative .
Why cant it be turned into a positive by using it as a platform to discuss with teens abusive situations ? Isn'tthis what many say when people question letting their teens watching shows that contain drug use , sex , criminal activity ?

I just don't see why this has to be any different.

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4of those is taking the piss if you ask me.Its making a mockery out of d/v.So silly and very offensive if you also ask me.I love creative thinking and esp in photography but i don't get these shots

.Its not like me.I hate the shots.



The one with the close up of her face is good.A lot better than the rest i guess.

Its real, you can get from the picture she has a sad story to tell behind those eyes(not hard to get with the big bruised eye) etc..they rest are very poor.



Many young people are so not going to understand these shots.Its going to confuse the shit out of them..god love em lol.

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*sits with mouth hanging open* I have nothing good to say about this. I have had dealings with both men and women who have been abused by partners and there is simply nothing entertaining about it. Am disgusted.

Charlie - posted on 09/04/2011

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I think some of the photos are a little silly but no I dont look at the pictures and think "hey being abused is hot" in fact I dont even think of abuse .



I see a set of photos that may have missed their mark , art wise in sequence I see a story ....a stupid story but still a story.



Girl has black eye , girl is binded , girl escapes , girl irons man in the balls while he is binded....payback is a bitch. ( arent numbered in sequence on the huff post website like they are on the photographers website)



I am not offended by this ...not much in the art world offends me for those that know me you will know my fave artist is Brian viveros ALL of his works contain bloody and bruised women smoking ciggerettes.



Shock tactics , people talking , worldwide attention , hey and a good platform for parents to talk about domestic abuse if they wish ......although the photographers work isnt anything special IMO his work has done just what an artist wants their work to do.



I think the photos are being a little TOO read into but then "art" is what you make it.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/04/2011

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The ones where the man's crotch is being ironed (ouch) and the woman is drinking from an iron (WTF) are tacky and ridiculous. The people who set up the photo shoots would be better off looking for newer talent. They have some very talented students at my husband's school.



But seriously I could take better photos and I'm constantly getting people and animals off centre.



Edit: When you assume you make an ass of yourself. At least that's what my mom says.

Stifler's - posted on 09/04/2011

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obvious who has never been abused? I still can't get over the claims that he is young Hollywood's favourite photographer. I've seen better amateur photography than that.

Sherri - posted on 09/04/2011

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Eh I nothing about those pictures even looks like domestic abuse. Each to there own, they weren't offensive to me in any way.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/04/2011

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Trying to say "fuck this" drinking from the irony, just a spoof. Maybe not executed properly, but I get the gist. i don't think it is glamorizing domestic abuse. I think it is a spoof on it all.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/04/2011

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I can see how it is a spoof on the 50's type moms, dressed up, ironing, homemaker.....kinda trying to break the mold. Just different perspectives.

Kate CP - posted on 09/04/2011

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I think that may have been the goal, but that's not the message I'm seeing. :/

And I'm worried that young girls may get the same message. Although the message "I'm a badass, don't mess with me" isn't a great one either. If some one is abusing you, you shouldn't stay because you're a bad ass and can handle it. You should get the hell out. I'm worried this "art" sends the message to stick it out 'cause you're tough. Not a good message.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/04/2011

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Naw, I have a different interpretation. I think she is trying to be bad ass. Look at me, I am a tough bitch.

Kate CP - posted on 09/04/2011

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I don't think it's saying that at all. I think it's saying "It's cool to get the crap knocked out of you and then to knock the crap out of some one else. See? It looks like fun!"

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/04/2011

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I kinda think it is saying " I am a tough bitch and still gorgeous. Don't fuck with me, or take advantage of me"

Angela - posted on 09/04/2011

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@Gina I am not sure what they were saying that is the point! Is it barbie who got in a drunken brawl and then put the iron on hubbys nuts? WTF is it ???But I agree with the salon advert...very offensive.

Gina - posted on 09/04/2011

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How is this saying anything about Domestic Violence? I think it's stupid and just plain wrong. The salon thing was very offensive, I mean WTF, I'm getting bashed, but hang on I still want to look good, don't ruin my hair! Yeah not cool.

Angela - posted on 09/04/2011

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I think I see where he was going maybe but somewhere some one should have realize they were lost!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/04/2011

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Ok, so I have seen the show plenty. I actually only watch it to see this girl. She is an incredible dancer. The only one with true talent on the show. I kinda see what they are going for here, but not really sure why.

Nikki - posted on 09/04/2011

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I agree with what everyone else has said. I have to add although I don't watch the show, being such a hit with teenagers I feel actors in shows such as this have a responsibility to be some kind of role model. Yeah it's a big ask and yes half of them are sluts and drunks but to promote domestic violence with a smile on your face... stupid and irresponsible.

Angela - posted on 09/04/2011

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I don't know what is worse her posting them for the world to see, or the photographer who thinks he is good :) I would not let anyones see me in such crappy photos that make me look stupid. If I were the photographer I would have scraped them immediately... DELETE DELETE

Stifler's - posted on 09/04/2011

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I agree with Angela too... the photography looks amateur and why is she smiling???

Ez - posted on 09/04/2011

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I just think it's fucking stupid. Not funny. Not thought-provoking. Not attractive. Just tacky.

Angela - posted on 09/04/2011

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I don't see anything I like about the photos, they look amature and boring to me. The salon dumbfounded horrible really. This is not the message and image I want my daughters to find acceptable under the name of art or not.

Stifler's - posted on 09/04/2011

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It doesn't offend me. Then again I have watched BDSM porn before. I think this whole photo shoot is a pathetic attempt at that and wrongfully placed too.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/03/2011

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Honestly I felt the vandalism at the salon in Edmonton was in better taste than any of the ads. Now the salon is claiming they're donating money to a women's shelter. However you have to book an appointment first before they'll donate.

If this is the way art is going, what's next? I understand that some people go for shock vaule in order to increase knowlege of a place or just for the sake of being shocking. But for the love of all things holy have some class.

Jurnee - posted on 09/03/2011

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I really dont get it, dont see the art in it I suppose. Personally it doesnt offend me, but I find both pics in very poor taste. I feel art should make a statement or send a message, these do neither. Unless they intended to glamorize abuse, which is just sick and disturbing.

JuLeah - posted on 09/03/2011

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Not funny, and not at all how it sells what ever you wish to sell. DV is not funny - women with blacks eyes ... not funny.

Lady Heather - posted on 09/03/2011

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Yeah, I just don't get the point. They aren't even very good pictures.

But at least they aren't being used to advertise like the link you shared Megan. Holy crap! What were those people thinking? It's one thing (albeit an understandably offensive thing) to create art like this, but to advertise your business that way? Look good even when you're getting the crap kicked out of you! Yeah! omg

Rosie - posted on 09/03/2011

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what exactly is the point of the pictures? i dont' get it.
yes it does offend me, my mother was beaten by my father, so seeing women like that, and it's supposed to be funny, doesn't really give me the giggles. FFS....

Denikka - posted on 09/03/2011

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Ummm. . .what.the.hell is right.
I dunno if it's particularly offensive. I don't find it so, personally. But I'm sure you're going to find a group out there who will be offended by just about anything, and this is more of a legitimate reason to be offended.
The last three, stupid, makes no sense, and what's the point....yea..those are the ones I majorly agree with.
I don't get most *modern art*. I really don't...but this just seems like...on the farther side of WTF. . .

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