Monday, March 26, 2007

Rape, murder... and other "erotic dreams"











The above photos come from a recent episode of America's Next Top Model, where they had the girls do a fashion shoot in various "I just got murdered" poses. I don't know if anyone saw this, but as I don't watch TV it just came to my attention now (the episode aired earlier this month)... does anyone else see anything wrong with this? Scantily clad women posing as though they had just suffered a violent death (look closely - one of the girls has actually 'had her organs removed')... to promote fashion? Especially when one considers the judges' praise:

Miss J: What's great about this is that you can also look beautiful in death.

Tyra: She's making those clothes look kind of fierce.

Nigel: It's a great shot. Death becomes you, young lady.

Miss J: These are broken-down dolls. These are busted up, broken-down dolls, marionettes.

Nigel: The look on your face is just extraordinary. Very beautiful and dead.

And the criticism:

Nigel: All the other girls managed to have some sort of spark even in this sort of morbid situation. I think I look at you in this picture, and you actually just look dead.

Nigel: I agree that this is a fashion shot, but you don't look dead to me. You look like you're dying.

The pics call to mind a certain now infamous ad created by our good friends Domenico and Stephano (the same guys who brought us children's clothing ads featuring 6-old-girls with their legs spread):




When asked about the intended message of this advertisement, Stephano Gabbana said in their defense that the ad was not meant to promote gang rape, but merely to recall an "erotic dream" (of gang rape, presumably)

So if these are the types of fantasies that we're trying to get men in 'civilized' countries to recall, then all of a sudden the lady detective's findings aren't so shocking after all...

5 Comments:

Blogger Det. Rhiannon Brock said...

I could almost commend ANTM for adding blood and guts while the majority of fashion ads/spreads just *imply* that the model's been murdered, pushed down the stairs, died of starvation in the desert, etc.
Almost.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous BgA said...

Brava! I need make a single honest compliment here (no irony whatsoever): you've become the sharpest blogger and most pertinent blogger of the tribe.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous BgA said...

ok, I spelled blogger twice, but that's only because it's really late right now. Good night.

12:36 AM  
Blogger Lady N said...

i sense sarcasm

6:05 AM  
Blogger DJ Ogo said...

you know i'll always be with you on that one...

11:21 PM  

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