Heather Morris’ “Bruised Up Barbie”

Posted on September 06, 2011

Everyone’s talking about this. And the funny thing about blogging is, if you DON’T talk about what everyone else is talking about, people ask you “Why aren’t you talking about this?” We’d love to shut up and not pay it any attention at all, but then come the slight (and not-so-slight) accusations that silence = approval.

So. Let’s talk about it.

 


Heather Morris of “Glee” posed for photographer Tyler Shields for the above pictures, which immediately rocketed around the internet in an orgy of outrage. Shields told E! News: “In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that’s exactly what we did!”

Oh. Well then. That clears it all right up. That makes it completely different from the thousands of other images arising out of the decades-long tendency for the fashion, advertising, and entertainment industries to glamorize violence against women. And the iron prop totally doesn’t make anyone think of domestic violence. Pfft. As if! It’s Barbie violence!

What the fuck ever. It’s an old trope and any photographer who expresses any sort of incredulity about a backlash is lying through their teeth. Shields knew what he was doing (he’s done it plenty of times before, in fact).

Due to the controversy, Shields will be auctioning off the photos with all proceeds going to a “top domestic violence charity”. As we said, what the fuck ever. He got what he wanted out of it: publicity. And no photographer or model will ever look to this episode as a reason not to glamorize violence against women because the outrage will be short-lived and no one involved in the decisions that led to these pictures will suffer one bit in their careers for it. Some halfway house will get a couple thousand bucks out of it and that’s supposed to make it all okay.

[Photo Credit: tylershields.com]

    • Anonymous

      These are just… disturbing. And sad.

      • Anonymous

        and stupid… drinking from the iron???  What the hell is that about?

      • Anonymous

        and stupid… drinking from the iron???  What the hell is that about?

    • http://profiles.google.com/grubhooligan J. Owen Dickson

      Amen, I guess.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDI2DLE7DE3YPW2ONIHBWOVHMA ecallaw

      All of his work seems to have that same Polaroid quality–he really needs a new schtick.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        Like Terry Richardson. Except even MORE out for shock value.

        • http://profiles.google.com/clairehaley1 Claire Haley

          I don’t know, I would not be at all surprised if Terry Richardson had already done (or will do in the future) this same photoshoot, except with the girl in her underwear/naked. 

          • http://twitter.com/verascity Vera Sticker

             I actually thought this WAS a Terry Richardson shoot, at first.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      Well fucking said! You managed to put into words everything I thought when I first saw these images.

    • Mariah J

      Total. Disgust.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      The pictures are just stupid. Amateurish.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

        Same thing I said and I’m glad to see someone else sees that! 

    • http://twitter.com/foodhussy foodhussy

      I thought they were dumb and didn’t make much sense

    • Anonymous

      I kind of like the first shot, but otherwise, whatever.

    • Anonymous

      You’re so right that the photographer got what he wanted. But what the hell were Heather Morris & her publicist thinking when they agreed to this??? My respect for her just plummeted. I thought she only played a ditz on TV, now I fear it’s typecasting.
      I suspect she’s going to lose a lot of fans over this.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly looking at the pics themselves, I dont exactly get a sense of outrage. They strike me as being odd. Nothing glamorous or particularly interesting about them. Just odd. Heather’s chugging from an iron. If not for that black eye, I really wouldn’t have even thought this was about domestic abuse

      • Sobaika Mirza

        The black eye, and her tied up doesn’t help either.

      • Anonymous

         “If not for that black eye, I really wouldn’t have even thought this was about domestic abuse”

        Well, yeah.

        • Emma Wallace

          A black eye does tend to bring up the topic, but there are other ways for a woman to get a black eye (like playing sports or even a fist-fight with someone who isn’t her partner).

          I did think there was other imagery that suggested domestic violence, but just a black-eye doesn’t always mean that.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

        Spoken truly like a man with no awareness of what, let’s face it, might even be going on right next door to his own home.   It is vulgar when women do not lend support to other women who have been on the receiving end of a man’s low self esteem and subsequent outward displays of abuse but somehow even more tragic when men can’t even acknowledge or see it in front of their faces.
        Yes, Frank, there are women who get bullied by garbage men everyday and walk around making excuses for bruises and other forms of abuse.   The abuse YOU can’t see doesn’t come in the form of bruises, by the way, but the constant chipping away at a woman’s self-esteem unti she becomes a prime target for the actual physical violence.   And, guess what, it isn’t just women who get abused in such horrific ways – men and children get it too.  Now you know.  Does my post sound patronising?  Good!  Now, you can ask yourself, “why didn’t I see this as abuse?” 

    • Anonymous

      Bored.

    • Anonymous

      Once again I have to ask, do these young starlets have a functioning brain?  They allow these photographers to make them up like this or look like whores or whatever else and just go right along with it.  I feel sad for them, because either they feel they have no choice but to do this or it is career suicide OR they don’t see anything wrong with it and are publicity whores.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

        Very interesting comment and very astute to point at the unspoken abusive nature of the photo which has little to do with the actual content of the photograph.  Alas, for every young actress who says, “whatever, get over yourself and bring me something I can work with,”  there will be another one who will jump right in and say, “sure, I’ll dress up like a whore or abuse victim.”  Girls need to be taught to stop putting up with shit. 

    • Anonymous

      These pictures don’t even make any sense.  There’s absolutely no concept here except a cute blonde chick (and I love Heather Morris) with a black eye.  At least try to PRETEND you’re doing somethign “edgy” and controversial.  If you told me that these were a couple of college freshman playing with their digital camera after getting wasted at a fraternity formal I would not have a hard time believing it. Everything about these photos is so lazy – like the didn’t feel like doing any real work so they decided that a fake bruise was the cheapest way to get noticed.  And they were right.

      • Anonymous

        You are so right… they’re dumb and amateurish…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      They’re ridiculous photos, pandering shock value to get attention. The only thing that impresses me is Heather’s eye makeup, a very convincing black eye. So, um, good job makeup artist?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      They’re ridiculous photos, pandering shock value to get attention. The only thing that impresses me is Heather’s eye makeup, a very convincing black eye. So, um, good job makeup artist?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      Ugly and uncreative.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

      Ugly and uncreative.

    • Anonymous

      The whoring for cheap publicity and manufactured outrage is almost more offensive to me than the photos themselves. Almost.

    • Anonymous

      Well said T Lo. I am so disgusted by this. It is not ok to glamorize violence against women. Not ok, not ever. What is wrong with these people? A “bruised up Barbie” shoot? What? There is nothing they can say to make this ok, and the truth is they don’t really care. They got exactly what they wanted – publicity. Although I truly hope that this backfires and they get some well-deserved backlash for it.

    • Elizabeth Winer

      I really liked Heather Morris, and it disappoints me that should would agree to this photoshoot.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mercbubble42 Jessica O’Connell

      Love your reaction to it. Hate the pictures. Though, if it weren’t for the black eye, I would think the one with her drinking out of the iron was kind of whimsical. With the big ass bruise though… it seems sick.

    • Anonymous

      Dear awful photographers: Learn how to use flashes. Not just the ones mounted to the camera. The lighting is awful, the shadows are cheap, and the blown out highlights are just bad. This is supposed to be a professional shoot, and it looks like something done with a cheap camera in a ’70s basement.

      It’s clear he needs shock value, since the photos are absolutely terrible on a technical level and frankly he needs controversy to overcome the fact that he hasn’t actually learned how to do a decent studio shoot.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

        Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I thought I was the only one to be annoyed with the lack of technical skill of the person taking the photos.  It has prompted me to get out there and let the world “see my work” so some good has come of this guy’s poor photos for me!

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        he’s pretending he’s doing it on purpose.

    • Anonymous

      In poor taste and ugly to boot.  WTF is wrong with the photographer? Misogynistic fool.

    • Anonymous

      Love what you wrote. Couldn’t have said it better. Just give the money to the DV shelters, we work hard and are always short of money, and STFU.

      Those photographs: Does any amount of money given to a charity make up for the constant normalization of violence against women and what it does to our minds on a subconscious level? I think not.

      • Anonymous

        wishing I could hit “like” a billions times.  thank you for your work.  and your comments.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      http://www.tylershields.com/portfolio/portraits/ – man, look at some of his work. He obviously has a thing for capturing women in violent situations. 

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, they all start to look the same after awhile.  As someone said upthread…it’s like Terry Richardson’s shtick…the bright flash makes it look like a paparazzi/porno shoot or whatever, but that gets old.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

        My mistake for clicking on it: I could have lived a long life without seeing that gang bang photo, in his portraits.

        Stupid, sick bastard.

        • Anonymous

          I want to be clear that this particular photo shoot is dreadful and it’s clear from his overall work that the violence against women theme is pretty ever-present. Guys with guns and ladies covered in blood are two pretty common motifs. One image of either, you have a photo. An ongoing repetition: a problem.

          Now: that said, I did want to point out that the gang bang photo was part of a shoot with Lindsay Lohan as Linda Lovelace when she was going to play her. Which is just to say that the critique is all there to be made, but I don’t think that’s the ideal photo to point out as most objectionable.

      • Anonymous

        I saw enough after about 15 seconds. What a douche.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

        No thanks.  Why in the world are you helping to promote this guy?  For every “click” his website receives, it sends his site further up the search engine so if you click on it (no matter what the reason) you are giving him more “hits” and helping to give him exposure.   Don’t even go there.  I’m not clicking on it because I don’t believe the guy is any good as a photographer and he needs to go and learn the craft.

    • Anonymous

      From an artistic angle, well from every angle really: these pictures are truely pathetic. One can easily imagine that the only reason these pics were created was outrage-bait.

      Did he actually manage to sell them to a magazine or did he create the publicity/controversy all by himself?

      Well, to be honest – I don’t blame him for trying. To me it’s much more frustrating that douchebags like him or Terry Richardson are still hired by magazines, especially fashion magazines where a lot of editors are female.

      Don’t hire these idiots, editors -  and if they do, don’t buy their magazines, readers.

      But to be honest: I suspect that some readers might get quite a bit of pleasure out of an opportunity to be righteously outraged.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      lindsay-lohan-first-person-shooter.jpg, sean-faris-breanne-racano.jpgvincent-kartheiser.jpg

    • Anonymous

      Badly composed shots as well.  No visual interest, and he’s trying to create it with cheap props and and some kind of “statement.”

    • Anonymous

      This is sick!

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      Tyler Shields and Terry Richardson are the worst photographers in this business. They are scumbags. These pictures are disturbing.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure if Tyler Shields could see your comment, his only reaction would be to be absolutely thrilled that he was put together with Terry Richardson. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          or proud he was noticeable enough to be referred to as a scumbag.

    • http://twitter.com/megelizah Megan Howard

      Wow. I’d only seen the first photo and at first I was like “the insinuation is definitely negative but as a person who got  a black eye after a night of ill-advised binge drinking you can’t automatically say that’s the message he was conveying” but seeing the creepy tie-up photo + the photo… umm, yeah. I like Heather Morris but she’s an idiot for agreeing to do this.

    • Judy_J

      To say these photos are in poor taste is a vast understatement.  Everyone involved with this photo shoot should be ashamed of themselves.

    • Anonymous

      You know, believe it or not, I can see the germ of an interesting idea here: woman depicted as the stereotypical housewife, abused by her husband, enslaved by household chores and having to look pretty while doing so, then finally getting her revenge in the end. These could have been provocative and disturbing in a thought-provoking way though somewhat heavy-handed way, but instead, with the flat way they were shot and the weirdly chipper expression on her face, it just falls flat.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

        You’ve got a good point. But if that’s the idea then it’s been done much, much better elsewhere. Watch the videos for The Dixie Chicks’ “Earl Had to Die” and Amanda Palmer’s “What’s the Use of Wonderin’?”  Both are problematic in their own ways (violence begetting violence for instance) but both follow the arc you describe with wit and artistry. Those videos are provocative and disturbing. This is just stupid and wrong. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

        You’ve got a good point. But if that’s the idea then it’s been done much, much better elsewhere. Watch the videos for The Dixie Chicks’ “Earl Had to Die” and Amanda Palmer’s “What’s the Use of Wonderin’?”  Both are problematic in their own ways (violence begetting violence for instance) but both follow the arc you describe with wit and artistry. Those videos are provocative and disturbing. This is just stupid and wrong. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

        You’ve got a good point. But if that’s the idea then it’s been done much, much better elsewhere. Watch the videos for The Dixie Chicks’ “Earl Had to Die” and Amanda Palmer’s “What’s the Use of Wonderin’?”  Both are problematic in their own ways (violence begetting violence for instance) but both follow the arc you describe with wit and artistry. Those videos are provocative and disturbing. This is just stupid and wrong. 

    • Anonymous

      Stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Stupid.

    • Anonymous

      Stupid.

    • Anonymous

      amen.

    • Anonymous

      I looked at his portfolio — he did the portrait/video of Zachary Quinto getting splashed with milk? That picture is really hot! To me, anyway.

      But much of his oeuvre is pretty bad. Lindsay Lohan (I believe) on the bed with all the men about to take off their belts? Yikes and double yikes.

    • Kate Pearce

      I wonder whether sometimes the younger generation of women (ok I’m old enough to say that now LOL) have no idea how bad things were for women before some of us and our mothers stood up and said no to all the sexist crap/abuse we had to live with. In schools now its all about equality and how girls are just the same as boys and can behave the same (don’t agree with that either but what the hell) I wonder whether she just doesn’t get it on the same level as anyone over 40?

      • Anonymous

        Amen to the first part of what you said.

        But I always wonder, with these younger women who participate in this kind of crap, don’t they ever talk to their mothers? Didn’t their mothers ever teach them anything? It boggles my mind.

        • Kate Pearce

          They don’t want to hear what you have to say LOL You get a lot of eye rolling and disbelief, believe me I’ve tried. :)

          • Anonymous

            Yup. Or acknowledgment that oh, it might have been like that in Ye Olden Dayes, but not any more.

            Though I have seen some of the girls getting a clue as they pass between the ages of 13 and 18 and accumulate experience.  My hope is that the history we subject them to helps them to deal more effectively with the experiences that will inevitably teach them that while things are better now, long-ingrained and recently/often-still accepted discriminatory and abusive behaviors may become more and more marginalized but don’t go away. At least not in a single lifetime. (See also: race, sexual orientation, religion).

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

        You are so right! I try to tell my students what it was like even when I was a child and they shrug it off. The year before I was born was the first year CA allowed married women to own a credit card in their own name. That usually gets their attention more than the violence because they’re too caught up in the idea that “it can’t happen to me.”

    • Rand Ortega

      Desperation. Stinks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      He’s certainly getting all the free publicity he desired.  The ones who like him will declare it edgy & fill his pocketbooks. The rest of us declared, of course.. over-reacting. 

    • http://twitter.com/project_pandora Rachel S.

      This is fucking stupid. They’re not even that great of pictures.

    • Anonymous

      Heather looks ridiculous. These aren’t even clever or aesthetically good photos. She really should just stick with dancing and her role on Glee.

    • http://twitter.com/warontara Tara

      Hmm. I just can’t even work up the energy to be offended or shocked by this. I do see that it’s offensive imagery (as someone who has seen more than my fair share of real life bruised-up Barbies and Skippers and etc.). But I am more irritated that he couldn’t even be creative at all with it. I mean, ok, he’s clearly going for shock value. But it’s so bland and obvious and poorly done that I find myself more offended by how uninteresting and pointless these pictures are then the bad taste that went into them.

    • Anonymous

      You know what? When you guys don’t cover what everyone else does, I usually put it down to the fact that you have better taste. I wouldn’t worry about others’ opinions; feel free to not pay attention to pure, unadulterated crap like this.

    • Anonymous

      What the fuck ever is right. The whole thing is so amateurish that what I see is something thought up by people who are so young and naive that they thought they’d come up with something original and edgy. Honestly, it looks like people sitting around in a dorm room came up with this and shot the pictures in the common room. Actually, I’m giving them too much credit. This is high school senior level.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      So cheap and tacky I automatically assumed it was Terry Richardson, then I realized he’d never photograph a woman wearing that much clothing.

      Total fail.

      • Anonymous

        Terry likes his women looking like whores, he doesn’t generally photograph them looking abused.  He likes to do the abusing himself in the form of trying to get in their pants.

      • Anonymous

        Terry likes his women looking like whores, he doesn’t generally photograph them looking abused.  He likes to do the abusing himself in the form of trying to get in their pants.

    • Lauren Maier

      You know, TLo, I get all my entertainment/celebrity news from you guys, so I didn’t know this was even floating around until I saw it here.  
      The whole thing is ugly and senseless and stupid.  Bruised up Barbie?  It looks nothing like Barbie.  Just another blonde with no sense.  

    • Lauren Maier

      You know, TLo, I get all my entertainment/celebrity news from you guys, so I didn’t know this was even floating around until I saw it here.  
      The whole thing is ugly and senseless and stupid.  Bruised up Barbie?  It looks nothing like Barbie.  Just another blonde with no sense.  

    • Megan Patterson

      Plus they made her drink iron water, which is just gross and more demeaning than the usual demeaning things you already have to do on a photo shoot.

    • Megan Patterson

      Plus they made her drink iron water, which is just gross and more demeaning than the usual demeaning things you already have to do on a photo shoot.

    • Anonymous

      Boy, did you guys summarize the whole magilla perfectly. The pictures themselves, as others have noted, are amateurish and uninteresting. And they do look like photos a couple of crazy high school seniors did in the laundry room just for kicks. But the participants are not high school seniors, and they did this anyway.  So fuck them. All of them.

    • Anonymous

      I’d not heard or seen this.   I don’t get it and am happy that I do not get it.  

    • Anonymous

      HOW CYNICAL…and one hundred percent accurate.

    • Anonymous

      Realizing I come at this from a purely personal point of view as the mother of someone whose beloved daughter was at one time in an abusive relationship, I find these photos appalling – whether they were a cheap publicity stunt, created just to garner attention, or whatever.  In fact (again from a personal standpoint), I found them hard to look at.  It is never all right to glorify – or dignify – violence against women.  Count me as disgusted by this.

      • Anonymous

        Or against anyone, since men get abused too.

        • Anonymous

          You are, of course, right.  I should not have confined my remarks to women only.  Actually, I abhor violence toward anyone (or any animal).

    • Anonymous

      Well I guess I’m not so cavalier having survived being beaten by my exhusband.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad you guys feel frustrated over this.

    • Anonymous

      Having survived being beaten by my ex…I find these disturbing and not necessary.

    • Joyce VG

      I’m disappointed with Heather Morris.  She and her handlers should have known better. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=817965284 Rebecca Perry Damsen

      Aside from the fact that these photos are a 30 year old ripoff.  Anyone remember the old Esprit ads, with the blonde male model ironing the female model?  Those too, caused an outrage, and Esprit’s answer was to run a follow up campaign. . . showing the female model with the iron.  *sigh*  Point missed. 

    • http://twitter.com/RobertSanchez36 Robert Sanchez

      Well said, gentlemen! (And the pictures are dreadful, anyway. They look like something that was done in two minutes.)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QA5N7E3V45GRANLIXDPR6EGAQE dsgv

      The most offensive thing about this is how boring it is. There are thousands of creative minds out there clawing to be mentored, nutured and given a shot, and this douchebag wastes my time with this pile of nothing.

    • Anonymous

      Zzzzzzzz. 

      And what I mean by that is, these Glee people seem to like to think posing for bad photos with Idiots of the moment photographers should earn them my attention. And I obviously have better things to do than to pay attention.

      Such as sleep.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Amen T-Lo!  It is suggestive enough.  Shame on Heather!

    • Now I am The Bee

      I know I’m gonna get slammed here, and I may be relaly naive or something (can you still be naive in your 50s?) but I didn’t get domestic violence from these until you mentioned it.  I got S&M, by the way Heather looks as though she’s enjoying herself!  YOu know–getting into the “domestic” outfit waiting for hubby to come home and have his way with her…
      I don’t know anything else of Mr. Shields’ work, and I don’t know if this photo shoot was just for “art” or for a job, since you all are outraged, dismissive and disappointed by these photos, he certainly got what I’m sure he wanted.   Lots of publicity and “everyone” talking about it!  
       

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        So… hubby “has his way with her” by giving her a black eye?

        • Anonymous

          Although I understand you guys feeling the need to post these if other people have been discussing them, I also take Now I am The Bee’s point that he’s just got a hell of a lot more publicity for them, even if it is negative. This is the first I’d seen of them as it hasn’t really been reported on over here. But then I suppose that’s always the double edge – in condemning you also publicise :/

          • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

            You flatter us if you think appearing here is a “hell of a lot more publicity” than E! News.

        • Now I am The Bee

          Yeah, well…but you never know what may turn someone on!  Playing really rough, perhaps?  Oh–I don’t know–I just wanted to look at it from another perspective, that’s all. 

        • Now I am The Bee

          Yeah, well…but you never know what may turn someone on!  Playing really rough, perhaps?  Oh–I don’t know–I just wanted to look at it from another perspective, that’s all. 

      • Anonymous

        If he was going for S&M, why didn’t he just say that in his defense instead of that “bruised-up Barbie” crap?

        • Now I am The Bee

          Who knows.  I was just looking at it from another viewpoint.  Just sayin’…

        • Now I am The Bee

          Who knows.  I was just looking at it from another viewpoint.  Just sayin’…

    • Anonymous

      I was expecting much more from a professional photoshoot…These look
      like some artsy-fartsy deviant art pictures from a photography student
      with an overinflated ego. Disappointment. If you want to be disturbing,
      do it well.

    • Anonymous

      I was expecting much more from a professional photoshoot…These look
      like some artsy-fartsy deviant art pictures from a photography student
      with an overinflated ego. Disappointment. If you want to be disturbing,
      do it well.

    • Anonymous

      I think the pictures are just more stupid and amateurish than anything else.

      –GothamTomato

    • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

      It would be easier to say it glamorizes violence against women if the pictures were, in any way, glamorous.

    • Anonymous

      What is the point of depicting the bruising, the bondage and the burning if NOT to bring violence, whether domestic or not, to mind?  The steam iron does put the “story” into a domestic/household context.  “Barbie Bruising?”  Huh?  Ms. Stone is not a Barbie doll here, even if she is decorative.  If “Barbie bruising” wwas intended, use the doggone dolls.  (And feel Mattel’s wrath.)

      Methinks the photographer protests too much and too insincerely.  These are disturbing and offensive.  I have to believe there are – alas – legions of women who have been subjected to this sort of bruising and don’t consider themselves as mere Barbie dolls, but rather unfortunate victims.  Making light of victimization is insensitive and just plain dumb.

      All the best,

      NDC

      • Anonymous

        “and feel Mattel’s wrath”

        damn straight! (and thanks for that laugh)

      • Anonymous

        “and feel Mattel’s wrath”

        damn straight! (and thanks for that laugh)

    • Anonymous

      What is wrong with people? SMH

    • Anonymous

      Very amateurish and ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      Dumbass.  Everyone knows that Barbie NEVER had an ironing board or iron. :)

      Poor taste and career choice for everyone involved.

    • Anonymous

      PREACH!! Best take on this silliness that I’ve seen.

    • Anonymous

      More than anything, this makes me sorry for Heather Morris because this will cement her as an insensitive idiot, not unlike her Glee character.

      And I’m not sure it won’t be deserved.

    • Anonymous

      More than anything, this makes me sorry for Heather Morris because this will cement her as an insensitive idiot, not unlike her Glee character.

      And I’m not sure it won’t be deserved.

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      When I first saw the photo of her with the black eye, I thought she was doing some sort of PSA about domestic violence. But now having seen all the photos … damn. Those shots aren’t even clever or good enough to be on ANTM. In a perfect world, those shots would be career-alteringly bad for both photog and model.

    • http://impishdiy.blogspot.com Impish DIY

      These photos are just “meh.” It’d be one thing if the photographer actually was trying to speak out against domestic violence instead of profiting from it. 

    • Anonymous

      No one seems to have any moral standards anymore.  Anything goes and these models and actresses don’t take a stand against it.  Any publicity is good, right?

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      so stupid. 

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

      I find it interesting that we see a girl with a black eye and immediately jump to domestic violence. If you turn on the TV, you see a million different scenes of girl-on-girl violence. Real Housewives (multiple cities). Basketball Wives. ANTM. Bad Girls Club. I didn’t understand the controversy until I read “domestic violence”. I just see a girl with a black eye. I’m not defending the photographer, I’m just saying, isn’t it possible he was referencing something else?

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        no.

        there’s a guy, there’s an iron, there’s a fight she supposedly wins at the end w/ the iron.

        it’s stupid, true, but not excusable. & certainly not mistakable.

        it’s stupid, true, terribly stupid & seriously makes one long for the time helmut newton=violence against women, so to speak, in fashion photography.

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

      I find it interesting that we see a girl with a black eye and immediately jump to domestic violence. If you turn on the TV, you see a million different scenes of girl-on-girl violence. Real Housewives (multiple cities). Basketball Wives. ANTM. Bad Girls Club. I didn’t understand the controversy until I read “domestic violence”. I just see a girl with a black eye. I’m not defending the photographer, I’m just saying, isn’t it possible he was referencing something else?

    • http://twitter.com/hpenfield Hannah Penfield

      I find it interesting that we see a girl with a black eye and immediately jump to domestic violence. If you turn on the TV, you see a million different scenes of girl-on-girl violence. Real Housewives (multiple cities). Basketball Wives. ANTM. Bad Girls Club. I didn’t understand the controversy until I read “domestic violence”. I just see a girl with a black eye. I’m not defending the photographer, I’m just saying, isn’t it possible he was referencing something else?

    • Anonymous

      When are the Glee folks going to stop posing for inappropriate pics? 

    • Anonymous

      When are the Glee folks going to stop posing for inappropriate pics? 

    • Anonymous

      When are the Glee folks going to stop posing for inappropriate pics? 

    • Anonymous

      Using the images to raise money for victims of domestic violence isn’t heightening awareness, it’s exploitation. 

    • Anonymous

      Heather’s too young to know better, but the photog? SHAME.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think Heather’s too young to know better.  The girl needs to be educated.

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      ps. i loved this photographer so much i fixed his wikipedia page.
      subtly, mind you.

      • Anonymous

        Now THAT makes me laugh.

      • Anonymous

        I wish I knew what your edit was, but I love you for it anyway. 

        • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

          i think earlier i was too subtle, so i added a few more of his rather obvious influences. man has to have influences:

          Also that year at the release party for his book Collisions, as an appropriated piece of performance art en homage to the cans of Fluxus artist Piero Manzoni and in imitation of 70s Los Angeles performance artist John Duncan along with a student in the department of New Genres at UCLA in the 1990s (among others), Shields appeared to stage the “shooting” a partygoer with a gun.

          it’s still probably too subtle for him & he probably wont understand most of it, but the student business might give him a slight frisson of a run for his money. it’s all true, btw. except the “homage” part. & if you want, look up piero manzoni & his cans on wikipedia. that one was just for me.

    • Anonymous

      meh, it’s tyler shields.  what’d you expect?

    • margaret meyers

      Half the television programs and movies we watch get their entertainment impact from the victimization of women, oppression and manipulation of women.  How is this fashion spread any differnt from half the NCIS plots, all the SVU plots, Teen Mom, Real Housewives, and so many popular movies?

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        You must be watching different shows than we are because we can’t remember the last time we saw a woman with a black eye on television, acting like it was no big deal.

      • Anonymous

        And how… does that make it okay?

    • Anonymous

      I might be OK with it if Ken had a matching bruise, with a plot laid out that they were in a car accident together or they both went on a plastic surgery vacation to Thailand. Otherwise. NO. NO. NO. 

    • http://tigergray.blogspot.com/ Tiger Gray

      Plus bonus violence against men at the end, because god knows the only way women can break free of oppression is to take up the tools of the oppressor and attack. Christ. Nobody wins. 

      • Lisa

        Exactly.  It just sort of sucks all around.

    • Anonymous

      Well, in the last pic it looks like female on male violence.  Aren’t the guys out there upset at that? A hot iron on their Member? Sounds like a song title.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Yes, because look at how they used makeup to painstakingly recreate 3rd degree burns on his penis. Oh wait. They only did that to her face.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      This is the first I’ve seen–obviously, I’m not paying enough attention.  And I will add to the general chorus of WTF before going back to more pleasant subjects that deserve attention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2254843 Kara Lang Guminski

      Continues the culture of violence against women, rape culture, and women’s judgment and hatred of other women.  This photographer is disgusting and the fashion industry is even more disgusting for not blackballing him.  Oh, and the little girl from Glee should be ashamed of herself.

    • Brenna McClellan

      She’s ridiculously beautiful even with the back eye. And can we talk about how cute the dress is? 

      • Anonymous

        S&M is different than a woman with a black eye.  Bondage is different than a woman with a black eye.

      • Anonymous

        What greyhoundgirl said. That, and nothing exists in a vacuum—maybe it’s a silly little photoshoot to you, but considering that it was just a few weeks ago that one of my long-time friends staggered into my apartment with no shoes and bruises on her neck and arms, I cannot crack even a hint of a smile. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

      ” And no photographer or model will ever look to this episode as a reason not to glamorize violence against women because the outrage will be short-lived and no one involved in the decisions that led to these pictures will suffer one bit in their careers for it. Some halfway house will get a couple thousand bucks out of it and that’s supposed to make it all okay.”

      Preach it! I’m so utterly disgusted by this sort of thing it makes my head spin. People ought to be drummed out of the business for it. Instead they’ll get labeled as edgy and provocative and get more work because now they’ve got name recognition. And the real battered spouses (men and women) will get a little less sympathy, a little less help because people like this make domestic violence trivial and funny looking. 

      • Anonymous

        How I wish I could “like” your post a whole lot more times. Trivialization is the key word here. 

    • Anonymous

      Once I saw that frightening and disgusting ad for Duncan Quinn suits, I’ve given up.

      But I guess if it’s ‘art,’ right?

    • Anonymous

      Once I saw that frightening and disgusting ad for Duncan Quinn suits, I’ve given up.

      But I guess if it’s ‘art,’ right?

    • Anonymous

      Once I saw that frightening and disgusting ad for Duncan Quinn suits, I’ve given up.

      But I guess if it’s ‘art,’ right?

    • Anonymous

      They aren’t even good photos.  No artistry at all.  Certainly no beauty (not even ugly beauty) and of course no subtlety.  Just crassness, obviousness, and exploitation.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. He’s unable to take good photos, so he takes tasteless ones to generate controversy. 

    • Anonymous

      Your last paragraph.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      This is as cheap as cheap publicity gets. If it’s going to be controversial at least make it beautiful or meaningful.

    • Geno Boggiatto

      This is as cheap as cheap publicity gets. If it’s going to be controversial at least make it beautiful or meaningful.

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      This is just disappointing. I mean, I don’t expect celebrities to be role models, but I DO expect them to THINK FOR HALF A DAMN SECOND how this might look TERRIBLE. *eye roll*

    • http://twitter.com/HotMessHousWife Sammi M

      This is just disappointing. I mean, I don’t expect celebrities to be role models, but I DO expect them to THINK FOR HALF A DAMN SECOND how this might look TERRIBLE. *eye roll*

    • MilaXX

      *SIGH*

    • http://www.facebook.com/jcc0808 Joseph Collier

      I think people are reading more into the photos than what there is.  If there’s a connection to domestic violence, it’s where she has become empowered and is taking control of her surroundings.  I’m not seeing anything that glamorizes domestic abuse.

      • Anonymous

        Are you kidding? What is not glamorizing about a model in a cute little dress with her wrists tied together with an electric cord, SMILING even? And how is it any better to glamorize violence against men? This whole disgusting pseudo-shoot takes a real issue that many people—not just women, although predominantly so—suffer through every damn day, and turns it into this cutesy bullshit. It’s fucking insulting. 

      • Anonymous

        just stop.

    • Lies L.

      This is offensive and horrible… but it’s even more COMPLETELY RANDOM. What is the point here? Like… what the hell?

    • Anonymous

      TLo – as a violence against women research and activist you do me proud. My work is hard and awful; you make it just a bit easier. In the fashion universe you are a rare place of reprieve – you critique fashion, not the bodies who wear it. You are outspoken and unapologetic regarding your lack of sympathy and interest in artists and designers who conspire to glamourize violence against women. All the love in the universe.

    • Anonymous

      the number of commenters here defending this trash is upsetting.

    • bassfemme

      Why are the actresses from Glee still think this kind of ilk is edgy?  Taking jizz from an iron?  Oh, how 90′s Penthouse.

    • bassfemme

      Why are the actresses from Glee still think this kind of ilk is edgy?  Taking jizz from an iron?  Oh, how 90′s Penthouse.

    • Anonymous

      I have questions. One, is “bruised-up Barbie” a … thing? Like, is that, as feeble an explanation as it may be, actually supposed to mean something? I had a couple of Barbies as a kid, but my mom was the kind of woman who wouldn’t let me watch “Brady Bunch” reruns because it was sexist, so I may have “missed out” on BBB as a cultural moment, or something.

      Two: do the Glee girls seriously not have anyone looking over their shoulders going “Uh, maybe not, thanks anyway”? The guys on the show never seem to get themselves into this kind of photographic stupidity.

      • Anonymous

        That’s funny, I watched the Brady Bunch but my parents wouldn’t let me have Barbies because my dad saw her as a decadent product of consumer culture (the dresses, the cars, etc.) and my mom objected that she didn’t actually “do” anything (astronaut Barbie, etc. being just a pretty girl in a costume).

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        my father, who was a communist, was most proud in his life of having cut the brady bunch pilot after it was rejected. apparently after he edited it it was picked up.

        my mother, otoh, was definitely the kind of mother who wouldnt let me watch not the brady bunch but, oh, the worst of em all, i dream of jeanie cos it was sexist.

        i just found yr comment really funny cos of the abovenoted, thats all.
        i was back here looking for the name of a photographer someone else mentioned when i ran across it & i just couldnt help myself.

    • http://www.joannao.blogspot.com JoannaOC

      I’m really sad and disappointed that Heather Morris participated in this. She’s lost this fan.

    • http://twitter.com/TMamBo Therese Bohn

      Totally F’d up! Sick.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. The one where she’s ironing his crotch , why do they look so happy?!

    • Anonymous

      Very sad, very depressing and very tacky.  Even the explanation “Bruised up Barbie” is offensive, trivializing a portrayal of a woman with a battered face by trying to tie the concept in to an iconic doll.  (My Barbies may have ended up headless, but they all started out intact.)   I don’t appreciate or even understand the entire dingy premise, the drinking of water from an iron with a lipstick kiss mark on it, or even the amateuristic polaroid style.  If that makes my artistic sensibilities pedestrian, so be it, ’cause I sure as heck ain’t riding this bus.

    • Lori Greenberg

      So well said, thanks for acknowledging that this was an INCREDIBLY awful, totally irresponsible “concept.” I cannot add anything more to your brilliant, perfect summary of this. Just when we think we’ve “come a long way, baby,” some moronic photographer, publicist, handler, etc, pushes us all back to the stone age (why not have a guy drag her by the hair, while we’re at it?). Sigh, Heather M deserves so much better than this, I think she needs to fire her publicist, but she needs to scream real loud at said publicist, beforehand. xoxol

    • Lori Greenberg

      So well said, thanks for acknowledging that this was an INCREDIBLY awful, totally irresponsible “concept.” I cannot add anything more to your brilliant, perfect summary of this. Just when we think we’ve “come a long way, baby,” some moronic photographer, publicist, handler, etc, pushes us all back to the stone age (why not have a guy drag her by the hair, while we’re at it?). Sigh, Heather M deserves so much better than this, I think she needs to fire her publicist, but she needs to scream real loud at said publicist, beforehand. xoxol

    • Anonymous

      Waste of a perfectly good model on a half-assed photographer, if you ask me. If you’re GOING to do it, you should go ahead and DO it. Make something beautiful. These aren’t. They lack a single ounce of emotion. It’s not worth talking about because they cause one to feel nothing when looking at them. So I agree: whatever. Next?

    • Anonymous

      Waste of a perfectly good model on a half-assed photographer, if you ask me. If you’re GOING to do it, you should go ahead and DO it. Make something beautiful. These aren’t. They lack a single ounce of emotion. It’s not worth talking about because they cause one to feel nothing when looking at them. So I agree: whatever. Next?

    • Anonymous

      And the whole “point” of his (ostensibly) choice to do this “Bruised Up Barbie?”  Was it to promote what she was wearing?  Was it to promote her?  What a line of bullshit – either way.   Boo.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        what was the point of doing even “bruised up barbie?”

    • Anonymous

      Artless, offensive and ugly.  Whoever finds these pictures a turn-on is someone I never want to meet.  Sad that a beautiful and talented actress like Heather Morris would participate in this, count me among her ex-fans.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1464580879 Sarah Oleksyk

      While not shot particularly skillfully, these photos seem silly and playful if you imagine Heather Morris in regular makeup without the shiner. It’s too bad the only back-story they could think of to make this more interesting was to have her get punched in the face. I still like her, though!

    • http://twitter.com/evergreen_g G and G

      I love Heather Morris’ character on Glee but must she ride on the wacky blonde bimbo persona in every publicity she gets out there?

    • Anonymous

      People want anything to argue and nag about. I scrolled through those images before reading and I saw 2 people who look like they’re having fun with a camera and domestic violence didn’t even cross my mind. I guess we’ve genuinely run out of useful things to discuss that we have to make such a big deal about 4 images circling the internet. Boo-Hoo.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Some people will take a contrarian position no matter what. If domestic violence didn’t cross your mind when you saw a picture of a man tying up bruised woman with an iron cord, that’s on you, but it’s ridiculous to claim the reactions of others are because people have “run out of useful things to discuss.” The “Boo-Hoo” was a nice touch. Oh, wait. No it wasn’t. It was a lame and obvious attempt to disparage everyone who doesn’t think just like you. How pathetic.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Some people will take a contrarian position no matter what. If domestic violence didn’t cross your mind when you saw a picture of a man tying up bruised woman with an iron cord, that’s on you, but it’s ridiculous to claim the reactions of others are because people have “run out of useful things to discuss.” The “Boo-Hoo” was a nice touch. Oh, wait. No it wasn’t. It was a lame and obvious attempt to disparage everyone who doesn’t think just like you. How pathetic.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        Some people will take a contrarian position no matter what. If domestic violence didn’t cross your mind when you saw a picture of a man tying up bruised woman with an iron cord, that’s on you, but it’s ridiculous to claim the reactions of others are because people have “run out of useful things to discuss.” The “Boo-Hoo” was a nice touch. Oh, wait. No it wasn’t. It was a lame and obvious attempt to disparage everyone who doesn’t think just like you. How pathetic.

    • http://rockiinboxxe.blogspot.com/ KUR COL DE DAAB E NUBA

      TICKETY DAMN TACKY! 

    • Anonymous

      This response feels appropriate again: Fuck you, Tyler!

    • Anonymous

      Looking at these pictures reminded me of a remark that T & Lo made about Laura Kathleen a while back, that she lacks curiosity or insight for others because of her privilege (something like that).  That this actress Heather is obviously having a lot of fun being ‘naughty’ says a lot about her lack of exposure to real violence against women.  It’s all cartoon violence to her and the photographer.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      1.  The photography is “amateurish.”   This tells me that if these cut-rate hacks are getting work then I need to get my actual, professional photos out there and stop being so “lazy.” 
      2.  Easy for a man to “joke” about such things when it would have been more interesting, intriguing and fresh to have photographed the model as a dominant Barbie without any hint of violence.  
      3.  Bitch, puhleese!  The styling doesn’t even look like Barbie which leads us back to the amateur quality of the photos.  I really can’t stand to see photos from photographers who aren’t even a 10th of what I produce in magazines and getting all sorts of recognition because when I open a magazine or see it in print, I want to think:  “wow, how did they do that?” or “what a great idea, I can learn something here.”   This just shows that the photographer is good at schmoozing and “networking.”   Hey, why bother learning your craft when you can just get shoots because your friends happen to be in the business.
      Poor show, indeed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Stupid.  It’s disappointing that she would go along with this.

    • http://fafafab.tumblr.com/ fafafab

      I’ll try to forget Heather ever did this

      • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

        I won’t. I will try to remember her for this – stupid.

    • sweetlilvoice

      I think it would have been better to just have the photo with Heather and the black eye, no need for any of the others. That would have been more intriguing. 

    • Amanda in Austin

      Gross.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      Appalling

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      Bored now.

    • Anonymous

      They’re photos, get over it.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        No.

      • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

        No.

        • akprincess72

          Thank you.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      Gag.

      …And…does anyone else think that the photographs *themselves* are juvenile and unprofessional looking?

      I’m so over this Terry Richardson harsh lighting schtick.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps Laura Mars can comment. :)

    • Anonymous

      Should I feel bad for actually focusing more on how much I wanted that dress? Because I really, really do want it.

    • Anonymous

      “In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that’s exactly what we did!” uh… why does Barbie need to be ‘bruised up’ if this isn’t about violence ?? You know it amazes me that photographers do shit like this then say “oh you think it means THAT?? Oh we NEVER thought that!!” 
      I think it’s time to call for some seriously emasculating fashion photography. You know, men about to lose their balls to a knife, stuff like that. OHH, it’s NOT about THAT, we’re just having fun! You know, like a bruised up Ken doll! That’s so fun! Can’t you see that’s fun and light hearted?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kung.pu.5 Kung Pu

      This promotes… couples fighting with each other? What? Both are play-abusing. Heck, I’ve seen my parents do worse than what these photos imply. Why do they only “glamorize violence against women,” and not men also? I’m a woman myself, and I’m barely offended.