The Burning of a Birkin

Recently photographer Tyler Shields took photos of his girlfriend Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint Eastwood) taking a chainsaw, biting, and burning the infamous $100,000 Birkin bag.  Yes you read that right- the most expensive handbag in the world completely destroyed for a short photo shoot.  Though he feels that this was art, many people were outraged that he would mutilate such an expensive and beautiful object.




Here’s what Shields had to say about the matter at hand:

“I think if people are [upset] because I spent money on a photo shoot, then they should be upset about every single photo shoot that takes place ever. A $100,000 photo shoot, actually — Paris Hilton spent $200,000 on her album cover. The catering budget for the movie “John Carter” was $5 million. It takes money to make art. People spend money to make their work. If I was operating a McDonald’s, would people be upset because I bought inventory? How many people buy sports cars? How many people buy watches? What if I bought a $100,000 car and I crashed it? I’m not taking anything away from anybody else. That’s the thing, somebody wrote me an email, and she was very upset, and she was like, “How could you do this? You should have given that money to me.”

I was very poor just like six years ago, I had $11 and nobody gave me any money. Nobody just handed me anything. I had to fight for it. I had to work to get what I have. That’s the thing about the country that we live in. You can dream anything you want, and if you’re willing to work hard enough, you can get it.

I support a lot of people. I help a lot of charities. I do a lot of things and when people want to attack me like that, it’s laughable.”

He also said he would donate cash equivalent to the cost of a Birkin bag to a needy family:

“The Birkin photos are for sale. If somebody were to buy — all right, let’s do this. If somebody wants to buy one of the Birkin photos, I will donate $100,000 — not to a charity — but to a family. I will give one family in need $100,000 cash, tax-free.”

Well, how thoughtful of him.

What do you think?  Was this one of the worst things done in fashion history, or one of the best expressions of art?

-Kairi C.

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