The Daily Beast and Terry Richardson: An Upper-Class Club Protecting Its Own
It's not that the Daily Beast, and Jacob Bernstein, the writer of this article
, seem to doubt that Terry Richardson uses his powerful position as a fashion photographer(he's sleazebag Tom Ford
's favorite; that's not an inconsiderable influence to have) to serially coerce models into sex as a precondition of employment
. Not at all. It's that he's supposedly a "genius" and has been doing it for years, and any woman who works with him ought to know it, so he should be exempt from the standards all sexual predators in workplaces are held to.
Says one person who’s worked with Richardson: “It’s just impossible for me to see him as a sexual predator. What he does is completely out in the open.”Er.
I'm sure you wealthy folks have lawyers among you who understand the criterion is not whether everyone knows it. There were plenty of well-known date rapists in my high school and college(who got away with it because Daddy was rich). That would be what makes it so awful they're defending him. They're not even pretending it isn't true. They just think he should be allowed to do it. They try to pretend this is just Richardson being cheeky. It would be one thing if he were simply sleeping with these models, but he makes it an obvious precondition of work. That happens to be evil.
And for that matter, should be allowed to destroy the careers of models who object or speak up about it. And they're making sure to mount a campaign against the latest model who has spoken out, though not the first
. Chief among their responses? Why, that she's a whore, of course. How daring and cheeky!
Tell me, how would that fly in any normal workplace, except maybe in the time of MAD MEN?
And why is the Beast
living up to its name this way? And isn't this proof of what I've said since its inception, that the Daily Beast
is less a news website than it is a club of the wealthy of the northeast talking amongst themselves, with no idea what century they are in? And such people always protect their own.
"I am different from other men. I should be allowed to run over as many urchins as I like!"--Mr Burns.
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