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Firestorm of protest after Clint Eastwood's daughter burns $100,00 handbag

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Fire storm ... Francesca Eastwood and Tyler Shields.

Fire storm ... Francesca Eastwood and Tyler Shields.

Clint Eastwood's model daughter has sparked public outrage by burning a pricey Hermes bag on a photoshoot.

Francesca Eastwood used a chainsaw to destroy one of the label's luxury Birkin models before setting fire to the expensive design, the UK's Telegraph reports.

Self-indulgent, wasteful, lazy, showing off. 

The 19-year-old was shooting with her photographer boyfriend Tyler Shields, who is known for his shocking statement imagery.

$100k up in smoke ... the Tyler Shields photoshoot.

$100k up in smoke ... the Tyler Shields photoshoot.

However, the butchering of the $US100,000 ($101,827) red crocodile bag has sparked outrage from fashion followers and resulted in a barrage of abuse including death threats.

"Burning a $100k purse is not art. It's self-indulgent, wasteful, lazy, showing off," one person wrote on Twitter, while another added, "could have used a cheap Kmart bag. Instead, waste money that could have fed hundreds. Spoiled and clueless. Try working 4 REAL (sic)."

Francesca is said to be surprised by the level of dismay the photoshoot has generated. According to American website TMZ.com, the teenager bemoaned the fact that people simply don't understand art.

Photographer Shields is famous for his controversial pictures and has previously shot the likes of heiress Tamara Ecclestone ironing money and actress Emma Roberts catching a Barbie doll snorting cocaine.

CM

43 comments

  • surely the price tag is far more outrageous than the destruction of a bag? sometimes i wonder if i'm on the right planet

    Commenter
    dumbat
    Date and time
    May 30, 2012, 3:04PM
    • dumbat, I'm with you on this one!

      Commenter
      Ms Patonga
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 3:50PM
    • • Intent
      • Communicated idea

      That's pretty much all it needs to be art. Whether you like it is irrelevant.

      • Public discussion about inherent value created

      That's pretty much all it needs to be successful art. Again, whether you like it is irrelevant.

      Now, to obtain value from this art, let's question what sort of person spends $100,000 on a purse. Feel free to reference the artist, who may or may not be referencing their own affluence.

      Commenter
      Alex
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 3:58PM
    • The price is certainly far more ridiculous than the act.

      Commenter
      money tree
      Location
      NSW
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 4:03PM
    • Agree!! $100k on a bag? Seriously, what has the world come to where people indulge that much in a bag!

      Commenter
      Abi
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 4:09PM
    • Sorry, didn't mean to reply ;)

      Commenter
      Alex
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 4:12PM
    • It's all semantic. No bag is 'worth' that kind of money, however, its 'price' is an entirely different thing. Perhaps that's the point.

      Donating $100,000 to a worthy charity in the name of art, or simply charity, may have been a wiser choice. But would we be talking about that?

      Commenter
      danbowles
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 4:29PM
    • "Donating $100,000 to a worthy charity in the name of art, or simply charity, may have been a wiser choice. But would we be talking about that?"

      The point is this bag was used to create art. Avatar cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make. Are you going to call James Cameron and ask him why he didn't donate that money instead of making a movie? Like the OP said, that the bag exists means there are others out there buying the things. The outrage should go to those who buy it just to prance about with it.

      Commenter
      c1ee
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 4:34PM
    • OP I get the feeling that might have been the intention. Burning this bag has ignited debate, and if one looks at the fact that a K-mart bag and this bag function in exactly the same way, and that the $99,980 price difference is fuelled only by aesthetics and the purchase of social equity, I guess the right question would not be "why burn the $100k bag" but "why is there a $100k bag"? Its price is orders of magnitude higher than the actual utility of the item, so what are buyers of this item actually buying and what does it say about them and society as a whole?

      Commenter
      Roaster
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 4:41PM
    • Hit the nail on the head dumbat.

      Commenter
      who da jesus
      Date and time
      May 30, 2012, 5:12PM

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