Remember that ridiculous photo shoot involving Francesca Eastwood, a $100,000 Hermes Birkin bag, some lighter fluid and a chain saw?
Well, now, photographer Tyler Shields is speaking out about all the negative criticism he received.
And, is he backtracking???
He completely defends his decision to burn the expensive handbag, saying:
"I think if people are [upset] because I spent money on a photo shoot, then they should be upset about every single photo shoot that takes place ever. A $100,000 photo shoot, actually — Paris Hilton spent $200,000 on her album cover. The catering budget for the movie John Carter was $5 million. It takes money to make art. People spend money to make their work. If I was operating a McDonald's, would people be upset because I bought inventory? How many people buy sports cars? How many people buy watches? What if I bought a $100,000 car and I crashed it? I'm not taking anything away from anybody else. That's the thing, somebody wrote me an email, and she was very upset, and she was like, 'How could you do this? You should have given that money to me.'…I support a lot of people. I help a lot of charities. I do a lot of things and when people want to attack me like that, it’s laughable."
So, will he put his money where his mouth is?
When asked whether he was willing to donate $100,000 to charity, Tyler responded:
"The Birkin photos are for sale. If somebody were to buy — all right, let's do this. If somebody wants to buy one of the Birkin photos, I will donate $100,000 — not to a charity — but to a family. I will give one family in need $100,000 cash, tax-free."
Sure, that's generous, but sounds like a cop out to us!
We still think it's ridiculous to not only waste so much money for 'art,' but also ruin such a beautiful bag! The horror!
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