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 -7Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

Two points:
1) I don’t think that rape was one of the accusations levelled against him. I think is was sexual harassment and/or coercion. And, if he did indeed sexually harass any of his models, then his talent does not excuse that.

2) I am not denying that sexual harassment exists. I am not denying that it is vile and awful and a problem in the workplace. What I am saying, is that the accounts of harassment against him, or at least those to which I have been privy, are inconsistent, and were made years after the fact and none of them were coupled with calls to the police. That makes me doubt the veracity of the claims. It is a massive leap to suggest that I am somehow arguing that people’s claims shouldn’t be taken seriously by the criminal justice system; rather, when the accuser doesn’t go to the police or any other attendant law enforcement body, and years after the fact claims that something untoward happened, my doubts are raised.

If someone is accused of a crime, that accusation must be viewed critically (which is different than saying dismissively or skeptically). All I said in my original post is that the accounts by the models, for the reasons elucidated above, do not convince and so I am not ready to condemn Richardson.

 -16Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

Catweazle, trust me that I have zero interest in engaging you, were you so inclined. I’m not looking for an argument. I just wanted to express my opinion on this matter. That you, willfully or not, misrepresented my point of view in order to make a straw man argument about something else entirely is disheartening. Consider this my “you can’t fire me, I quit” comment.

 -8Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

Not to split hairs, but that’s a recent shoot. The stuff he did for them in the 90s is fantastic. Again, a matter of taste, but even if you hate his stuff, that doesn’t mean that you lower the standard of evidence against him when determining whether or not he is a serial sexual harasser.

 -15Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

Yeah, I’m so sure that people don’t come forward after rapes because I’m on a blog saying I like his photos and that the evidence against him isn’t strong.

Also, what is the misogynistic nature of his work? That he photographs himself in coitus? That he takes nude photos?

 +8Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

Like, the SECOND I typed that, I realized what I had done….

 +7Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

Yes, definitely downvote this. How dare I express my opinion in a calm, reasoned manner. TO THE PITCHFORKS!

 +2Posted on Apr 12th, 2013 | re: Terry Richardson Is Just America's Photographer Now, Ladies (29 comments)

I know we’re supposed to hate him, but I really like a lot of his fashion photography. Pretty much everything he shot for Harper’s Bazaar in the ’90s is excellent.

Again, not speaking to his character, but he does produce great work.

As for his less commercial stuff (i.e. everything in his books), it’s not my cup of tea, but I’m not going to clutch my pearls.

Does he manipulate and harass his models? I hope not, but the stories from the models themselves are less than convincing to me. If true, it’s indefensible, good body of work or not.

 0Posted on Apr 1st, 2013 | re: Tell Us Something We Don't Know (80 comments)

I got about five or so episodes into Banshee before giving up (there are only so many scenes of Russian mobsters speaking to each other in accented English, in lieu of, ohidontknow, Russian that I can stomach before I bail) but if anyone ever wants to discuss the ridiculous hotness of the lead, i’m here for you.

Also, I really like Nashville* so long as i fast-forward through the singing.

*the show, not the Altman movie. Although I’m sure the latter is fine**.

**a classic

 +4Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 | re: Lindsay Lohan's New Mug Shot OR Puppies Swimming? (75 comments)

My dog may or may not have an Outward Hound hiking rucksack.

 +7Posted on Mar 20th, 2013 | re: Lindsay Lohan's New Mug Shot OR Puppies Swimming? (75 comments)

How did he* jump in without getting his head wet??

*dogs are always boys, obvs

 +10Posted on Mar 18th, 2013 | re: If You Don't Want To Be "Labeled A Sex Offender," Don't Rape Someone! (132 comments)

But the sentences adhered to the sentencing guidelines as mandated by the state of Ohio; it’s not as though the prosecutors sought a mild sentence because they didn’t assign any seriousness to a crime of this nature. So, under the law as it exists, they got the sentence that they could. At least, that’s my understanding.

 +1Posted on Mar 18th, 2013 | re: If You Don't Want To Be "Labeled A Sex Offender," Don't Rape Someone! (132 comments)

ITS outcome, obvs, ITS outcome, goddammit

 +17Posted on Mar 18th, 2013 | re: If You Don't Want To Be "Labeled A Sex Offender," Don't Rape Someone! (132 comments)

At the end of the day, though, forget this CNN blip (which, yes, I get that it’s an outrage, but in terms of the 24-hour news cycle, it’s a blip) and focus on the fact that the two who were charged were ultimately convicted. That’s the good news in all of this. Let’s not make our own (legitimate) outrage the story here. The fact is that in spite of the collusion of the adults around them, these two minors who had every social advantage over the victim (hometown sports heros, etc), were nonetheless unable to escape the justice system. That’s a very good thing. So maybe let’s try to make this less about US and how outraged WE are by some shitty network’s reporting and instead focus on the precedent set by this case and it’s outcome.

 +7Posted on Mar 18th, 2013 | re: If You Don't Want To Be "Labeled A Sex Offender," Don't Rape Someone! (132 comments)

Yes, the rest of the them went uncharged in exchange for testifying.
/Jack McCoy

 0Posted on Feb 11th, 2013 | re: House Of Cards Is So Great And Bloggers Are So Ridiculous (51 comments)

Nope, this show is straight-up the dumbest. And it takes a lot for me to side against something that features a shirtless Corey Stoll.

 +4Posted on Oct 19th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (60 comments)

May the Lord bless and keep you.

 +3Posted on Oct 19th, 2012 | re: Thursday Night TV Open Thread (60 comments)

What’s a girl gotta do to get a Ryan Lochte gif up in here? Ask nicely? NEVER.

 +14Posted on Aug 16th, 2012 | re: Alright, Let's Talk About The Family Research Council Shooter (20 comments)

I’m a big fan of Dave Holmes’ tumblr because, as evidenced by this post, he is able to beautifully articulate those arguments that the rest of us are too frustrated/tired/angry/inarticulate to make. I actually nod along while reading him, like some common twat reading the New Yorker in a cafe*
What I’m saying is that he’s the best.

*not something I have ever actually seen

 +9Posted on Aug 13th, 2012 | re: Breaking Bad S05E05: THAT POOR BABY! (113 comments)

WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT????
Goodbye, thread. It was fun reading you while you DIDN’T induce terror-shakes in me.

 +7Posted on Aug 13th, 2012 | re: Breaking Bad S05E05: THAT POOR BABY! (113 comments)

I for real had to fix myself a drink* after last night’s episode.

Also, I positively BEG you good people of Videogum to refrain from producing/posting any .gifs of the tarantula. Please. I am a delicate lady and you’d like me if you knew me, so just please honour this request that I have no right to make. Please?

*open a beer.

 +9Posted on Aug 7th, 2012 | re: Here Is An Extended Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Trailer (31 comments)

I realize that this makes me part of the problem, but I am going to watch the fuck out of this.

Paying homage to Tony Micelli of TV’s “Who’s the Boss,” says I.

 +12Posted on Oct 12th, 2011 | re: Our Nicki Minaj Princesses Met Nicki Minaj On Ellen! (24 comments)

I can’t wait to see what further uses the “crying dads” tag is put to.

 +15Posted on Oct 12th, 2011 | re: Worlds Been Had Colliding: Mark Ruffalo And Gwyneth Paltrow Edition (31 comments)

I thought she was talking about Chardonnay and low self-image

 +13Posted on Oct 12th, 2011 | re: Worlds Been Had Colliding: Mark Ruffalo And Gwyneth Paltrow Edition (31 comments)

Way to make me side with cancer, Paltrow.