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New York Magazine is inciting controversy with its latest cover story, an expansive profile of celebrity photographer and alleged sex abuser Terry Richardson. Although the profile highlights the numerous sexual abuse lawsuits and allegations made against Richardson, Benjamin Wallace’s piece, titled “Terry Richardson: Artist or Predator?” paints Richardson as a guy whose art is just misunderstood. As Elon Green pointed out on Twitter, this framing of the headline itself is a “strange binary.” Writer Jessica Valenti explains why it’s so problematic: “What irritates me about the “artist or predator?!” framing is that it assumes 1) he can’t be both 2) that his victims just DON’T GET ART.”
Twitter then supplied some other headlines New York Magazine could consider:
Look out for New York Magazine’s upcoming profiles– Roman Polanski: Filmmaker or Sexual Abuser? Donald Sterling: Billionaire or Racist? George Will: Columnist or Human Garbage Pail? They are sure to be insightful and even-handed reads.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at email@example.com.More Prachi Gupta.