(c) Terry Richardson

This is the stink that continues to waft in… and really each ‘controversy’ adds little to the conversation and issue at hand. That is not to diminish the seriousness of the claims – for they are frightening in their number and details… but rather to point to the stagnant, stalled position the truck seems to be jammed in…

And really there doesn’t seem to be a resolution in sight… a whole heap of back-and-forth…

Richardson has been accused of some pretty serious and super-questionable conduct by a number of women over a number of years…

He has also been praised and supported and commissioned by a large number of incredibly influential editors, brands and celebrities…

Richardson has publicly denied the claims against him (and that must be acknowledged)…

And still we’re at a point where (with ongoing questions) there’s really no further meat in the sandwich…

The NY Magazine just recently put him on the cover and asked the binary question “Artist or Predator” (hmmmmmm… why “or”?)… and there are questions regarding the loose qualifying info regarding certain interviewed parties within it (the young lady above being one of them…)… but I disagree with many commentators who are labelling it a puff piece because it didn’t go for the jugular… that’s unfair and off at the edge of preparing the bonfire… there has been no test of much of this yet (other than some quiet settlements for past claims being made). The question remains if there ever will be…(?)…

So we ain’t rehashing it all here at KP… we’re not exhaustively and breathlessly listing the claims and counter claims… an quick www search will spew up enough reading to keep you going for many many hours… we’re just making a nod to claim & counter-claim, consent, power, revisionism, silence, $$$, influence, coercion… and feeling a little lost & bemused because this truly involves hundreds of people (at the very least) who have been involved and even present during the creation of this large body of work over decades… so ‘complicit’ could be a tough word to say, spell or swallow…

Stay tuned for more of the same… though who knows; maybe the truck just might drag itself out of the swamp and roll down the highway (in which direction we don’t quite know yet)…

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