Petition Launches Urging Big Brands to Stop Commissioning Terry Richardson

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petition has launched on change.org urging big brands to stop commissioning omnipresent and controversial photographer Terry Richardson. The petition specifically calls upon Vogue, H&M, Mango and Supreme, and cites several reasons for its case including “his supposed exploit & abuse of certain models, mainstream degrading pornographic imagery, and inappropriate and unprofessional behavior.”

Furthermore, the petition calls for the allegations against Richardson to be looked at more closely, asking for action to be taken before it’s too late (such as in the case of Jimmy Savile). It also draws upon some of his controversial past work, such as a photo of a women in a trash can “giving Richardson a sexual favor,” as well as some contentious statements he’s said like “It’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. I don’t have a hole in my jeans for nothing.”

The petition currently has 8,000 signatures and can be seen and/or signed here. (via)

Below the petition text from Change.org

Vogue, H&M, Mango, Supreme, & all other brands: Stop using alleged sex offender Terry Richardson as your photographer

More awareness needs to be brought to light that Terry Richardson is negatively influencing media  with his supposed exploit & abuse of certain models, mainstream degrading pornographic imagery, and inappropriate and unproffessional behavior. His contribution to society has a bad impact as he is being exposed to the masses with the impression of being well received while there are potentially unethical practices not being shown. Allegations and complaints have been publicised from the likes of Coco Rocha, Jamie Peck  and Danish Supermodel Rie Rasmussen against Richardson.

WHY if we are aware of these allegations are big companies STILL using Terry Richardson as a photographer and still giving him positive press if he is an ALLEDGED sex offender? These allegations need to be looked at more closely and the appropriate justice recieved. They should not be ignored. By continuing to employ him for editorial fashion shoots, or to run advertising campaigns shot by him is to CONDONE his behaviour. Is this a replay of the Jimmy Savile case where we only take action once the offender has deceased? Action needs to be TAKEN NOW. Surely big companies don’t want to associate themselves with the accused? In many of his images, Richardson has an amateur style of photography including girls made to look underage, hurt and exploited. We need to raise awareness and encorage these models to come forward. If these allegations are proven be to true, justice needs to be brought about.

Terry Richardson has produced countless pornographic photographs however two that particuarly stand out are one of a woman in a trash can giving Richardson a sexual favour as if to suggest she is ‘garbage’ and a picture of a woman giving Richardson a sexual favour with the word ‘SLUT’ writen on her forehead. Why are the big brands we buy from assosiating themselves with this kind of imagery? This is the man who said   “it’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. I don’t have a hole in my jeans for nothing.” 

Danish supermodel Rie Rasmussen confronted Richardson in Paris, and said he abuses his position of power within the industry to sexually harass young women with impunity. “They are too afraid to say no because their agency booked them on the job and are too young to stand up for themselves,” said Rasmussen. “I told him, ‘What you do is completely degrading to women. I hope you know you only f*** girls because you have a camera, lots of fashion contacts and get your pictures in Vogue.'”

A sometime model named Jamie Peck wrote of an experience she had on a shoot with Richardson six years ago. When she said she wanted to keep her underwear on because she was menstruating, Peck says Richardson asked her to take out her tampon so he could play with it, and make “tampon tea.” He insisted on being called “Uncle Terry,” and during their shoot, Richardson unexpectedly stripped naked.

“Before I could say ‘whoa, whoa, whoa!’ dude was wearing only his tattoos and waggling the biggest dick I’d ever seen dangerously close to my unclothed person (granted, I hadn’t seen very many yet).” In Peck’s words, Richardson eventually “maneuvered” her over to a couch in his studio, where he “strongly suggested I touch his terrifying penis.” When he ejaculated, one of his assistants gave Peck a towel.

One fashion insider says agencies “know full well Richardson’s predatory behavior,” but that he “is tolerated because the industry folk are just sheep. There are only a handful of photographers who have the power, a handful of editors who have the power, and a handful of clients who have the power. Everyone else just follows this small group of people.”

Source: Jezebel

This expolation is NOT RIGHT and shouldn’t be considered a normal part of society. Why has Richardson photographed someone as prestigious as Obama when he has these kind of allegations behind him and such explicit photographs including himself being felated? Is this the kind of image Obama wants to associate himself with? See link below.

EXPLICIT PHOTOS INCLUDING TERRY:

http://oldterry.tumblr.com/

PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING TERRY RICHARDSON IN THE FUTURE.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/saynototerryrichardson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nototerry

Shorter link to share the petition on Twitter:  http://1url.it/jdl

Quotes from Terry:

“A lot of it starts with me saying to a girl, ‘Do you want to do nudes?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t want to be naked,’” said Mr. Richardson. “So I say, ‘ I’ll be naked and you take the pictures. You can have the camera. You can have the phallus.’” Everyone, including the assistants, was always armed with a camera.

‘It’s about creating a vibe, getting people relaxed and excited. When that happens, you can do anything.’

“it’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. I don’t have a hole in my jeans for nothing.”

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2458053/Miley-Cyrus-makeover-truth-photographer-Terry-Richardson.html

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2010/mar/19/terry-richardson-fashion-photography-pornography

http://jezebel.com/5494634/meet-terry-richardson-the-worlds-most-fked-up-fashion-photographer

http://www.styleite.com/media/charlotte-free-defends-terry-richardson/

This man creates degrading and explicit PORN yet he is still cashing in. He made over 60million dollars last year.

‘Richardson is the Jimmy Savile of the photography world- everyone knows, nobody talks’

A final note- anyone with first hand, personal experiences with Richardson, please do not hesitate to send me a message via this petition. Your experiences will remain 100% CONFIDENTIAL.