Shine.com recently reported that “Glee” actress Heather Morris has posted photos from her latest shooting illustrating a bruised Barbie. The photos, which seemed to have a lot in common with the words “domestic” and “violence”, raised concerns about a rising violence trend.
The latest artistic photos that actress Heather Morris has posted on her blog have started a controversy on whether violence scenes are becoming a trend. The photos seem to illustrate a housewife of the 50s who is holding an iron and has a black eye. At least that’s what the media saw.
According to photographer Tyler Shields, who took the pictures, the idea was to illustrate an abused Barbie Doll (how is this any better?). “Even Barbie gets bruises”, Shields wrote on his blog, where he uploaded the photos. Trying to explain the artistic idea behind the photos, Morris adds that “we wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that’s exactly what we did!” The actress said that the idea was not to promote domestic violence. “In no way were we promoting domestic violence”, she told E! News.
The “Bruised Barbie” photos are just the latest in a long line of violence-inspired artistic photos appearing in the media. A few weeks ago, a salon made the news because it had an ad illustrating a bruised model. And about the same time, in mid-August 2011, Vogue Italia uploaded on its website an accessory called “Slave Earrings”. After a huge number of critics calling Vogue’s choice of words “insanely offensive”, the magazine has apologized for the name given to the product, invoking wrong translation from English to Italian. The editors changed the name of the product to “ethnic style earrings”.
And now back to Bruised Barbie! Comments of Tyler Shield’s blog are mixed. Some viewers find it offensive, exclaiming “we’re glamorizing bruises/abuse now?” Others believe it’s a “great work” although “weird”.