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Creepy Photographer Takes Advantage Of Underage Abigail Breslin In Racy Photoshoot

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Another day, another creepy adult taking advantage of a famous teen. Photographer Tyler Shields, 31, shot some racy pics of 17-year-old Abigail Breslin, whom he recently directed in a movie. I think they want us to find this sexy. And not, like, horrifying.

One photo features Breslin (who’s in high school, mind you) holding a white towel just over her breasts and staring into the camera with mussed-up hair, dark smokey eye makeup, and an honest-to-god lollipop hanging from her parted lips. Definitely the most over-the-top display of “I pretended to read Lolita in college!” I’ve seen in a long time. Another photo shows Breslin in a bubble bath with most of her back on display, because get it? It’s like she’s naked? Art!

Here’s the thing: teenage girls are allowed to feel sexy. It’s natural to want to be wanted, and most young celebs understandably want to transition into being treated like adults. That Breslin is a sexual creature isn’t the issue here. The problem is that an older adult– who, as her director, has significantly more power than she does– is taking advantage of her innocence to cause a stir and get attention. These pictures aren’t being viewed only by other teenagers whom Breslin hand-picked. They’re available to the public, and distributing them widely insinuates that Breslin is available to the public, too. If she wants to be a sex symbol in a few years, she’s allowed to! But because she’s underage, someone else is wrongfully making that decision for her.

In the most pathetic, creepiest interview of the day, Shields tells Us Weekly:

Abigail wanted to do something new, something iconic. People see her as innocent, but everyone grows up. After we made Final Girl together, we had a great relationship and it was easy to do this. She trust me.

Yeah, she probably does. You’re a successful, powerful figure who’s 14 years older than her, and you tell her she’s a sexy woman rather than a clueless little girl. Almost any teenager on the brink of adulthood would eat that up.

Eighteen may be an arbitrary number, but our culture has decided it’s the line after which kids can make their own decisions about their sexuality. The fact that these photos are coming out today and not five months from now just proves that Shields understands exactly what he’s doing. He’s not trying to help a young woman come into her own. He’s abusing his power in order to benefit from shock value, all at the expense of a young person.

Via Us Weekly / Photo: PCN

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  • Julia Sonenshein

    YES. The responsibility here is on the adult who gleefully exploited her.

  • Charmless

    Yep. Say what you will about Nipples Jenner and Kardashian Ltd. releasing “barely legal” topless photos, but at least they were legal. Shields is toeing the line in the sleaziest way. Let’s perpetuate the lolita myth! That’s the sort of photo that could be used in a rape trial to prove the victim was a slutty slut who totes wanted the D.

    • LouLou

      omg, Nipples Jenner. Can we all agree to collectively start referring to her as that? Here comes Nipples Jenner. What up, Nips! Good to see you, Nipples.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      Agreed. Best nickname ever.

  • Cee

    Tyler Shields = Terry Richardson lite

  • dani

    The responsability is on the parent who authorizes these type of pictures!

  • http://miss-greeneyes.blogspot.com/ Miss Green Eyes

    One Terry Richardson is MORE THAN ENOUGH.

  • Cassie

    I think this article suggests that a girl with racy photos MUST be being taken advantage of, which is absurd. 17 years old is not a child. you claim that 17 year olds are allowed to feel sexy, and that 18 is an arbitrary number, but you took one look at these photos and assumed that someone had coerced her into doing them. i think it’s antifeminist to assume that a young woman doing something sexual is only doing so because a man has persuaded her to do so.

    • JennyWren

      I don’t think the article suggests that at all. It’s simply stating that, as an adult, however willing Breslin was to pose for the photos, Sheilds, as an adult, had a responsibility not to take them. Arbitrary or otherwise, Breslin is still legally a child, and Shields sanctioned and facilitated the creation of these images which are at best somewhat tasteless with regards to that fact. How hard would it have been for him to say “I see what you’re going for, but I think you should come back when you’re 18?”

    • Fabel

      This makes sense. But it was, in my opinion, hard to glean this message from the article that was written.

    • Cassie

      What’s the point of waiting the few months until she’s 18? Is she going to be suddenly chaste after that date? Is she too young to understand what it means to display her body, but in mere months she will suddenly understand? Does she need an adult to make executive decisions about what she does with her own body at 17?

  • Nobarking

    I know they have to grow up, but do they have to be slutty?

    • LFK

      not a victim a volunteer

  • Jayjay

    I haven’t decided if I agree or disagree with the article yet, but one question, what is the age of consent in the US? In the UK it’s 16, so if a young person is old enough to decide to have sex I would say they are old enough to decide to exploit their own sexuality through photographs.

    • JennyWren

      Depends on whether you go by federal or state laws. The federal age of consent is 18, which aligns with the age of majority (ie: the age you can be tried as an adult, etc) but individual states can set their own age, generally from 16 to 18. Currently the most frequent state-based age of consent is 16, but because of the federal age there’s a cultural tendency to consider 18 as being an adult.

      There’s also an age differential here that factors in- in many states where the age of consent is 16, there is an “age gap provision” which means you can only legally have sex with people of a similar age. So it’s not a simple binary state. And even in the UK, most people would think it fairly dodgy to be publishing very sexualized images of a 16 year-old.

    • Jayjay

      Maybe they would, but personally i’m still undecided.

  • Barry Freed

    whoever wrote this is nothing more than a whiny puritan

  • Daniel

    17?! You idiots are flaming over a woman, showing too much, who is a model? What the fuck is wrong with you people? I thought it was some pre-pubescent child!

    15 year old are having sex nowadays, so this article is not only socially out dated, and archaic, but irrational.

    I don’t who she is, but she’s a beautiful woman.

  • sir paul m

    bunch of god damn busy bodies

  • Sadie Starr

    how can they project a girl like that? they are so disgusting. that’s exploiting women…just cuz they get to look glam and get paid way more…it’s almost the same as the way they exploit girls in the porn industry or sexual slavery or something!!! how being naked and acting all porn-fied considered ART?!?!?! I fail to understand and remain disgusted and repulsed.