Terry Richardson

Lena Dunham Had Another Bad Night With Feminists and Anti-Feminists on Twitter

A couple of days ago, Amanda Hess at Slate published a piece on artists who collaborate with “creeps.” The immediate targets of her analysis were Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, both of whom have recently added creep collaborations to their respective bodies of work. Gaga did that duet with R.Kelly — which really takes the cake in terms of creep collaborations, to be fair to everyone else I’m about to mention — and one of the parade of Beyoncé videos from last week was directed by a Mr. Terry Richardson. In passing, Hess happened to mention that Lena Dunham, the unwilling patron saint of Internet fighting, had recently gone on a tear about how Gaga should not have collaborated with R. Kelly: … Read More

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Who to Dress as for Halloween If You Want to Start a Fight

Look, anyone can wheel out the same old mildly risqué “controversial” Halloween costumes to make a splash at this year’s parties — but seriously, if you really want to make an impression (while avoiding being an utter, utter fuckwit), you need something contemporary. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for topical pop culture costumes that will genuinely terrify your friends. Watch everyone cower in terror — or, if they’re drunk, maybe pick a fight with you — as you emerge from the bathroom as any of this lot. You’re welcome! … Read More

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Let’s Blame Terry Richardson — Not Miley Cyrus — For the Awful “Wrecking Ball” Video

Who in the world thinks it’s reasonable to intercut close-ups of a destroyed woman crying with shots of that same woman licking construction tools and writhing naked on a wrecking ball? That was my first thought as I watched Miley Cyrus’ new “Wrecking Ball” video yesterday afternoon, as my Twitter feed exploded with wisecracks of the “Ugh, Miley” variety. But it all started to make sense when I realized that the clip was directed by one Terry Richardson. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Justin Bieber might have dominated the American Music Awards, but we’d say that MC Hammer and Psy won the night with

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20 Photos of Celebrities Exercising Their Right to Vote

Last week — just like us! — celebrities were weathering Hurricane Sandy. Today, they’re doing something else all regular Americans are (or should be) doing: voting. And since we now live in a “pics or it didn’t happen” culture, everyone from Beyoncé to Tim Gunn to Zooey Deschanel is photographing the process. After the jump, we round up Election Day’s best pictures of famous people in the voting booth, filling out their absentee ballots, and decking themselves out in red, white, and blue for the occasion. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In the future, if all goes according to Goldenvoice’s plan, there could be as many as four Coachellas each year — which we suppose is better than four Bonnaroos. [via Vulture]

2. Amanda Palmer has invited her fans who play the strings, saxophone, and brass to join her on stage at gigs… Read More

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Watch Funny or Die’s Vicious Terry Richardson Parody

It doesn’t say “Terry Richardson” anywhere on Funny or Die’s new video, “Perry Michaelson: Monster of Photography,” but if the similar name doesn’t clue you in, the fact that its subject is a flannel-clad, mustachioed, aviator sunglasses-wearing photographer means there can be no mistaking who’s being parodied. Writer/director Alex Fernie goes to town on Richardson’s reputation in lines like, “Did you know Ansel Adams sexually molested every mountain in Yosemite Park?” and “I think what people react to most strongly in my work is the complete lack of human empathy — and sometimes I show a little bush.” Watch the faux studio tour after the jump, and remember — Funny or Die said it, not us. … Read More

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Are These the Year’s Best Magazine Covers?

The American Society of Magazine Editors has spoken: At last night’s National Magazine Awards, Time took home top honors, with titles like Inc., New York, O, The New York Times Magazine, and Saveur winning in their categories. But while those award recipients are getting a lot of press this morning, the ASME gave out a whole other set of laurels that aren’t getting as much attention, for the year’s best magazine covers. After the jump, we look at their selections in an attempt to discern whether these 11 covers really were the most impressive of 2011. Let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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10 of Art History's Most Controversial Photographers [NSFW]

In 1971 Norman Mailer said that “giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.” Lo and behold: Child With Hand Grenade. Even before her suicide that year, Arbus’ magnificent body of work evoked criticism and suspicion of exploitation. She was drawn to the so-called deviants, outsiders, marginalized people, glamorous transvestites, graceful giants, disturbed-looking children, circus performers and of course, twins and subjects with other birth eccentricities. Had she lived, Arbus would have been 89 years old today. In tribute, we’d like to present you with this brief survey of some of the most controversial photographers, contemporary and of recent yesteryear. … Read More

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