Douchebag Decree: Terry "Creepy Uncle" Richardson
Disclaimer: I'm about to shamefully make a Huey Lewis & the News reference: It's hip to be...a perv? Well, Terry Richardson seems to think so. Ever since sexual abuse allegations against the hipster icon surfaced, the blogosphere has been commenting on the subsequent shit storms that keep popping up around this perv. So, it's about time that we deem Richardson a douchebag.
In the land of prescription-less glasses, handlebar mustaches, and Vice magazine, Richardson has been glorified for his (of course) ironic and so-called progressive fashion photography. His work has permeated the fashion world since the 90s, and he's even on Anna Wintour's good side. In the same vein as those infamous American Apparel ads, Richardson's photography puts naked women in compromising positions, all in cheeky good fun. Apparently, Uncle Douchey's main priority is fun--if you consider tampon tea parties a blast.
Now, my definition of a good time does not include being photographed while having my nipples pinched/sticking a flower in my vagina/allowing a creepy old man to use my bush as a wig. (FYI: Pictures NSFW. What else would you expect from this douche?) But, I don't hate on those who can get down with some good old-fashioned exhibitionism...if they consent. However, Uncle Douchey and his posse--the douchebag assistants who turn a blind eye to and/or bask in Richardson's perviness--seem to think that consent means walking through the door. In Richardson's skewed world, "consenting" models tell him via brainwaves (I guess?): "Hi Uncle Douchey! Wag your phallus in front of my face or ask me to strip down and eat a hot dog. It's art, right?" when they enter the studio.
Sadly, Marc Jacobs defended this big ol' douche: "'I’ve worked with Terry and Terry has asked me to do some crazy things. I know that those pictures will exist if I do them. But I’m a big boy and I can say no.'” [WSJ] Jacobs seems to ignore: a.) The fact that he's more prominent in the fashion world than Uncle Douchey. b.) The girls who have come out against Richardson performed in the photo shoots because they wanted to keep their job and please their agency. c.) He's a "big boy" not a young (sometimes underage) and impressionable model. So, let's just add another douche to the decree this week--Marc Jacobs.
However, not all of the fashion world agrees with Jacobs. The newest fashion sensation, the fantastic Tavi Gevinson behind Style Rookie, had two cents to say on Uncle Douchey. The bright teen could see right through the victim blaming and the whole "It's Art!" excuse. Too bad the grown-ups in the fashion world won't stand up against Richardson. If anything confirms douchiness, it's a fourteen-year-old calling you out.
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