Absolutely clueless!Â I have no other words for the outrageous stunt pulled by Francesca, 19 yr old daughter of Clint Eastwood! Setting a hundred thousand dollar designer bag on fire and photographing it is not art!
Sure she's young and at 19 you still do stupid things, but please getÂ a clue. The NY Post reported that she wasÂ surprised at theÂ backlash from the public, stating that people just don't understand art.
Together with her shock-photographer boyfriend, Tyler ShieldsÂ she set a red Birkin croco bag on fire.Â He is wellÂ known for his "shock-art" photography like covering aÂ nude model in dollar bills or blood. Good publicity for him, maybe, but art? No way.
AÂ statement,Â I suppose that's what the pair had in mind, but hello, we areÂ living in the age of class war fare in a country where the number of homelessÂ has reached staggering proportions.Â No wonder the rich have to live in gated communities with private security for their property and their person, becauseÂ it truly has become a life apart.
Francesca's behaviour is not really out of line in her high income world or probably even her circle of friends.Â The society she moves in shields and protects her fromÂ what millions ofÂ Americans face ever day - economic survival.Â
I think I am so outraged over this story, because it drives home the ever widening gap between the haves and the have nots in America. Why didn't she think ofÂ using a knock-off designer bag - gasp - and set it on fire instead.
Some of the commenters on line defended her actions byÂ saying thatÂ it is her money and she is entitled to treat her property in any way she wishes. True, but I am reminded of a good friend's statement, "My girls know they are privileged and we teach them not to flaunt their wealth."Â Good advice in today's world, do it at your private club if you must, they will understand about spoiled brats and might even embrace your view of what is art.
In my world it'sÂ calledÂ ueber-clueless. I would never consider her actions worthy of the death threats she received. Insensitive, sure, stupid and clueless, well ya.
I will say, "Francesca, educate yourself,Â look around you, get smarter about howÂ you spend your hundred thou.Â Stop burning designer bags and get a real, productive life, preferably without that useless, opportunisticÂ boyfriend of yours."
Francesca, your statement is lost on us, the masses. In fact there are those who take offense, it's a slap in the face for a man or womanÂ who just lostÂ their job of twenty years, akin to Marie Antoinette's words, "Let them eat cake." She was beheaded in the French Revolution, remember:)
I get that you are a model and that he is into so called "modern art" doing a photo series called "Love Kills" - hey didn't he steal that term from someone else? and Fashion Kills" - how original! DestroyingÂ designerÂ items, going toÂ extremes to evoke a strong reaction. Yawn!
May I suggest, that Tyler perhaps considerÂ anÂ original approach, you know - one uniquely his, one more in tune with the world we live in today.
I also understand you wereÂ looking for publicity for yourÂ brand new TV show starting on E tonight. Fashionmagazine.com called you out for changing the fame-whoring game andÂ I'd say you lost that first round, the public is not amused or intrigued, they are outraged!Â
Â Â Â Everyone sees their world from a different point of view, based on their ownÂ circumstances, knowledge and insights.Â
Francesca,Â smarten up, girl!Â
While I was writing this opinion piece .....Â
This story justÂ got better and better:
Click here -Â Newsflash: In the wake of the public outcry Tyler Shields, the photographer offers to donate $100,000 to a needy family - if he can sell the photographs!
Interview on the Huffington Post. Unbelievable, is all I have to say.
Did I mention he is the same photographer who stirred up controversy over photographs he took of Glee actress Ms. Morris, whichÂ a lot of people including myself perceived asÂ glamorizing domestic violence. Shame on him.
Well, I said what's on my mind, so what do you think?
ThisÂ story is all over the net, but just to name oneÂ source which I loosely quotedÂ in one paragraph www.nypost.com
To seeÂ the burning bag photos go to the photographers website www.tylershields.comÂ
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