Germaine Greer is nothing if not controversial, and the Australian-born feminist regularly raises an eyebrow or eleven when it comes to her views on certain topics and issues.
But this time it seems she has really overstepped her mark, with Cardiff University students now petitioning to have her guest lecture cancelled after hearing her thoughts on the transgender community.
South Park jumps at the chance to address the topics du jour with its famously crude humor. This week, creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker turned their attention toward body shaming in the age of social media. They didn’t partake in the trolling — well, not exactly — but instead suggested that over-sharing online and only expecting positivity in return is naive and unrealistic. They made their point in typical satirical fashion.
On the show, Butters is asked to filter negative comments for Eric Cartman, who we see shaking violently from the trauma of reading body shaming comments. Butters’ response? “Eric should get off of social media” and “maybe you shouldn’t have put your body” online. Butters eventually agrees to filter through Eric’s comments, and his client list grows to include plus-size models and the cartoon version of Demi Lovato, among others. (more…)
Are we about to see a whole lotta change on the November covers? InStyle certainly decided to switch things up this month, shying away from its signature white background and opting to select a shot of Drew Barrymore posing before a baby pink backdrop. Also gone is the magazine’s signature block masthead (à la Taylor Swift’s cover back in 2014 that we detested). Photographed by Jan Welters and styled by Melissa Rubini, Drew wears a Valentino dress, but lets her gorgeously styled hair do the talking in the cover image.
Our forum members weren’t a happy bunch. “Oh no,” cried jal718 the moment the cover dropped, expressing his horror with a simple comment.
“I’m definitely not liking the pink background…I liked the white background they always had,” stated a disapproving Handbag Queen soon after.
Echoing the underwhelming sentiments was Benn98, “Eek, I don’t like it. The pink backdrop doesn’t work for them and the layout looks like one of their spin-off titles. I like Drew but I don’t understand why she got this. I recall reading somewhere that she amassed the most fashion covers during the 00-10 actress craze, even more than Nicole [Kidman], Renée [Zellweger], Gwyneth [Paltrow] etc.”
“Why did they use this layout again???” asked a dumbfounded GlamorousBoy.
While InStyle‘s November cover may be a little tiresome, the content is sure to stimulate some interest, featuring the likes of Naomi Campbell, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning. Check out the content and reignite discussion here. Make InStyle your weekend read; it’s on newsstands now.
Way before Gigi Hadid stormed the catwalk in a teeny weeny Tommy Hilfiger bikini, the brand’s sexiest pieces were logo-banded boxers, baggy jeans and bandeau tops. It was the 90s and the late R&B singer and style icon Aaliyah had just ushered in the era of the Tommy Hilfiger tomboy.
Perry Ellis Fall 2015 Mens Runway Show; image: Imaxtree
The lack of diversity in advertising is an enduring problem in the fashion industry. Of the 460 fashion print ads for Fall 2015, 84.7% of models cast were white and only 4.4% were black, according to our recent diversity report. These alarming stats are often explained away with weightless claims that a designer wants a “uniform look” or doesn’t have enough models of color to choose from. For Perry Ellis, the motive behind whitewashed ads is pure racism, according to the brand’s head of sales.
Joseph Cook, a senior executive at Perry Ellis for three years, is suing the company for both racist and anti-gay discrimination, specifically calling out the company’s future CEO, Oscar Feldenkreis, the son of Perry Ellis International founder George. Cook, who reveals that he is gay in the lawsuit, alleges that Feldenkreis specifically requested “no blacks” or “anyone who looked too gay” in Perry Ellis ads, and the discrimination didn’t stop there. The lawsuit claims Perry Ellis implements a classification system in which skin color is ranked by numbers. Feldenkreis is reportedly so comfortable spewing hate speech that he suggested Cook tell officials “you hate n—ers and f-gs” to avoid jury duty. Cook believes Feldenkreis’ tactics go unchecked because of “dominant family control” of the business as his sister and daughter are both directors at the brand.
A lawyer for Perry Ellis released a statement refuting these allegations, saying, “Perry Ellis is a company that promotes equal opportunity and a positive working environment. The company is proud of the fact that it is probably one of the most diverse companies in the apparel business following its multicultural roots, stemming from Puerto Rico and Cuba. Perry Ellis categorically denies any allegations to the contrary. The claims that have been asserted will be vigorously defended against.”
It’s harrowing to think that these discriminatory practices may go on behind the scenes at fashion brands, but it also helps to explain why diversity fails to increase significantly season after season. In order to see diversity in a brand’s ads, we must first tackle the company culture that allows bigotry to foster in the first place.