Checking In With Terry Richardson

Guess what, everybody? Our favorite photographer is in the news again! After a banner year which saw him doing work for some of the top publications in the fashion industry, both photographing and hand-modeling for a Valentino accessories ad, and directing the well-loved and not at all controversial video for Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball,” a number of models have come forward with stories that will sound familiar to anybody who has kept an eye on the steady stream of sexual abuse allegations leveled at America’s favorite photographer over the last several years. (Warning: If you click that link be advised that it not only describes some very vom-worthy stuff, but also includes links to articles with nude photos of the man himself that you can never un-see, no matter how hard you try)

In response to these stories, many people have bravely jumped to Richardson’s defense, using the time-honored “innocent until proven guilty” argument, and even pointing out that the models he lured to his studio and coerced into performing sex acts on him during what was supposed to be a professional photo shoot never said no, so it doesn’t count as rape.

So, ladies, always remember that if a dude whips out his peen in the workplace and asks you to do stuff to it, it’s completely acceptable as long as he doesn’t hold you down and stick it anywhere!


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16 Responses to Checking In With Terry Richardson

  1. summerestherson says:

    You know what I’m really upset about? NPH recently did a shoot with him. Whyyyyyyy, NPH????

    • catweazle says:

      He also tweeted about how working with Terry was on his bucket list, but it looks like he deleted it after getting too many responses from disappointed fans (which is good I guess but I do wonder if he sincerely didn’t know what a creep he was or if he knew all about it and is just placating us).

    • artdorkgirl says:

      I feel like there needs to be a celebrity seminar on how to use google. It could save so many generally decent celebs from doing crap like this with known dirtbags.

      • And even if they can’t be bothered to do it themselves, isn’t that what they pay publicists for?

        • summerestherson says:

          Exactly! I mean, I get that celebrities live in a kind of buffer zone, and that people like NPH aren’t on the Internet all day every day so that they might miss things like this, but ummmmmm that’s precisely what your team of people is there for.

          I’m just really mad that the fashion industry doesn’t care AT ALL that he’s sexual predator. Like at all. It makes me feel physically ill.

  2. It’s a big day for Hollywood sexual predators, it seems:

    Look, I’m not saying that if I had the power to set people on fire with my mind, I would do it. I’m just saying I’d think about it. A lot.

  3. “never said no so it doesn’t count” is used by the same people who use “if there’s grass on the field, play ball!”

  4. ugh hes soooo creepy, is he even that good of a photographer? Can you be a good photographer?

  5. hotspur says:

    Oof. I wish that was a horror movie instead of real life, because then we would all laugh about it (pretty sure that’s how horror movies work). And let me add: What the hell is up with his lady assistant??

    What I mean is, evidently he is aroused by having power over and ruining innocence; I don’t have a guess as to how that becomes your thing, and it sure seems soulless — but it DOES seem clear that’s what he gets out of all his high-risk, going-to-hell behavior. But the assistant. Where’s her percentage?

    Anyway, I clicked through to the article about her and in the little video where she says “jism” I see hate & anger on her face. And seems to me the hostess is like “Ohhhh sorry, this lady is the most fucked-up person I’ve ever met for 6 seconds.”

    The riddle of the photographer himself is solved enough. Case rested. Go to jail. (Except not, turns out.) But the riddle of the enabling, fellow-female-exploiting, Eva Braun Junior — case open! Hot case! (opposite of cold case)

    • catweazle says:

      I think the best course of action in her case is to just have Taylor Swift sentence her to that special hell for ladies who don’t help ladies.

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