Marc Jacobs seems to be the latest person to come to Terry Richardson’s defense. He just told The Wall Street Journal that:
“I’ve worked with Terry and Terry has asked me to do some crazy things,” Jacobs said. “I know that those pictures will exist if I do them. But I’m a big boy and I can say no.”
Jacobs said he hadn’t heard about the controversy, but added that Richardson is “not ill-spirited.”
Talking more widely about the industry, he added: “If a girl is underage, maybe the girl’s agent or chaperon should be present on the shoot. That’s the hard part. Who’s to blame or who’s to watch?”
Well, first of all, Jamie wasn’t underaged. Second of all, let’s pretend, just for a second, that modeling is a real job (insofar as models are there to be photographed and only photographed). Now let’s think of another real job – say, a woman working as a secretary at a law firm. She’s there for a specific purpose (to answer phones and file things and do other administrative duties).
So one day, this secretary walks into a partner’s office, and he drops his pants (they’re going to be pinstripe pants and not blue jeans, so this may require the tiniest bit of imagination). And then he asks her to pull out her tampon because he loves tampons. And then he asks for a handjob. Oh, and a bunch of first year associates are standing around holding towels and goading her on.
Can we more or less agree that it’s a horrifying situation? It’s not a situation where anyone would say “well, she could have said no. What was her problem? Why didn’t she know that was just the kind of wild and crazy guy he was?” It’s a situation where we would say “this is not 1955, sue him for sexual harassment and get every penny.” And that women would, and she would have society’s support, and she would win.
Maybe the same sentiments should apply to models too, as they are, you know, also people doing a job who shouldn’t have to work in incredibly uncomfortable environments. Just a thought.