Posts tagged "controversy"

The Soapbox: Dissent Belongs In The Classroom

Driving home with my 16-year-old son this week, I asked him if any of his teachers had led a discussion regarding recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. He told me that it hadn’t come up. I pressed a little bit harder—not in AP US History? Not in sophomore English? Nope. I then asked him why he…
By: Jess Burnquist / December 5, 2014

Lena Dunham Faces Accusations That She “Molested” Her Younger Sister

In her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham tells a couple of stories that include references to her younger sister Grace which are intended to illustrate Lena's "weirdness" as a child, as well as her youthful obsession with the baby of the family. Instead, critics both on the right and the left…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 3, 2014

Zara Pulls Pajama Top Over Complaints It Looks Like Concentration Camp Uniform

Some of us look at this shirt and see a cute, striped top festooned with a pretty star and the word "sheriff." Others look at the Zara toddler's pajama top and see a nearly exact-replica of a concentration camp uniform worn by millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust. The yellow star on the shirt…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

Armani Mislabels Black Actress Alfre Woodard As Black Actor Idris Elba On Instagram

Do you know this actress's name? It's not a big deal if you don't. I didn't, until I used Google, which is what you do when you don't know a famous person's name and you're going to write about them on the Internet, right? I can tell you who she isn't, though, and that's actor…
By: Rachel Krause / November 20, 2013

Elle Magazine Promotes “North Korea Chic” As Hot Fall Trend

For the most part, Elle's list of "top fashion trends" for this autumn reads like any other: nautical, punk, pastels, Victorian, and Wednesday Addams are all fairly standard fodder for style inspiration. But one of these things is not like the others, and that thing would be "North Korea Chic," which creative…
By: Rachel Krause / November 20, 2013

Kylie Jenner Sparks Twitter Frenzy Over Her Misuse Of The Term “Bipolar”

The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous ("famous") for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity, 72-day marriages, explicit discussion and occasional tasting of bodily fluids, giving birth on camera … you get it. Not one of these things even begi…
By: Rachel Krause / November 7, 2013

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

Let's get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to…
By: Rachel Krause / October 16, 2013

Forever 21 Cites The Philosophies Of Ayn Rand With Their “Unstoppable Muscle Tee”

When I think of Forever 21, I definitely think of ethical egoism and the Objectivist movement, not sweatshop-like labor conditions and cozy accessories starting at $2.80. You can find this "Unstoppable Muscle Tee" emblazoned with an Ayn Rand quote referring to the author's capitalist-based theory of Objectivism, the basis of which is that the…
By: Rachel Krause / October 10, 2013

The Standard Hotel Comes Under Fire For Trivializing Violence Against Women In Their Latest Ad Campaign

Sorry, André Balazs, but The Standard is maybe the least "edgy" boutique hotel chain of all time. Sure, it's got the name recognition, the possibility of a celebrity sighting (or reality television star, same thing), the luxurious atmosphere, the astronomical price tag … but edgy, or even niche, it is not. And even if it…
By: Rachel Krause / August 27, 2013

In Defense Of Robin Thicke’s Song “Blurred Lines”

Ever since my sister introduced the Robin Thick song "Blurred Lines" to me all of four days ago, I’ve been listening to it on repeat for embarrassingly long stretches of my days. It’s catchy, fun, and sexy, and I can already envision my drunken self squealing in excitement when I hear it blasted…
By: Alyson Penn / June 21, 2013

VICE Makes Light Of The Suicides Of Female Writers With A Fashion Editorial

Fashion thrives on controversy in all of its many manifestations, but how far is too far? VICE, which has been distributing its fair share of maybe-too-much content since 1994, wants to test your limits. The free monthly magazine's largely self-explanatory Women in Fiction issue brings us "Lost Words," a fashion spread featuring models styled and…
By: Rachel Krause / June 18, 2013

Are These Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Lingerie Ads Degrading To Women?

Britain's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has a reputation for cracking down on campaigns that are otherwise seen as, well, fairly innocuous. Maybe our country's lack of a similar bureaucratic process has desensitized us to what is and isn't acceptable for widespread, billboarded consumption (see: anything ever released by the ironically-named American Apparel), or maybe English…
By: Rachel Krause / January 23, 2013

This Hurricane Sandy Spread In Vogue Is Kinda Pushing It

Vogue isn't exactly known for its sensitivity to, um, sensitive issues, and that's fine. It is, after all, a fashion and society magazine, not The Atlantic. But every once in a while the international publication comes at us with something controversial, something so tone-deaf (see: longtime contributor Joan Juliet Buck's complimentary portrait of Syria…
By: Rachel Krause / January 16, 2013

Benicio Del Toro Holds A Naked, Unconscious Woman On A Magazine Cover (NSFW)

Can we all agree that Benicio Del Toro is the hottest? Okay, now that that's out of the way ― there are two narrative scenarios that could plausibly have led to this L'Officiel Hommes cover. One, he's a hero! Our distinguished knight-in-a-Dolce & Gabbana-suit Benicio discovered this girl, naked and vulnerable, perhaps in the forest,…
By: Rachel Krause / December 11, 2012

John Galliano Sues The House Of Dior For $18.8 Million

Last year's anti-Semitism scandal saw John Galliano ousted unceremoniously from both Christian Dior and his own eponymous label, but there are two sides to every story, which may have something to do with why the besmirched former creative director is now suing the fashion house for the grand sum of $18.8 million.
By: Rachel Krause / August 30, 2012

Azealia Banks’s Banned “Dazed & Confused” Cover Isn’t Half As Bad As It Could Be

When I heard that Harlem-born rapper and lyricist Azealia Banks's cover of art and fashion mag Dazed & Confused had been banned in seven countries before the issue even hit stands, I anticipated something infinitely more vulgar than her flipping off the camera as she inflates/fellates a condom. I mean, that's practically some Taylor…
By: Rachel Krause / August 16, 2012

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy test, and those who refused or were, indeed, with child were kicked out—is changing said policy. Pregnant students will no longer have to be home-schooled,…
By: Newser / August 9, 2012

Ouch: France To Unveil A Statue Depicting Carla Bruni As … A Working Woman

Carla Bruni certainly made her mark as one of the more, uh, contentious first ladies ever to hit French office: the longtime singer and model, not to mention the heiress to an industrial dynasty, made ceaseless waves with her swank wardrobe, party-girl past, and dubious intentions when she wed recently divorced French president Nicola…
By: Rachel Krause / August 6, 2012

The CCIC Revokes Their Leaping Bunny From A Number Of Major Cosmetics Brands

The Leaping Bunny is the universal symbol of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC) reserved for brands and products strictly not tested on animals at any time during their preparation. As of the past couple of months and continuing through today, a number of companies that clearly took a stance in opposition to…
By: Rachel Krause / August 4, 2012

Cannes Film Festival Spurs Controversy And Disruptive Protest In Light Of A Lack Of Female Nominees

While we've been covering all of the fashion at Cannes, there seems to be a more unsavory undercurrent on the scene: in the 64 years of the festival, just one woman has claimed the most esteemed Palme d'Or award, and this year's total lack of female directors in the awards' lineup has sparked international backlash…
By: Rachel Krause / May 23, 2012
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