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American Apparel and Dov Charney: Stop using degrading and submissive pornographic, amateur style images in mainsteam media to promote your products
American Apparel have a habit of using amateur style pornographic photography featuring young, vacant looking girls in pornographic poses to sell their products which are usually far removed from the overt sexuality of the photograph. In many of their photos, as well as many women being completely topless and almost nude, Large focus is put onto the groin, and in many photos sexuality and submission are emphasised. American Apparel is a brand for young people and it doesn't take more than a couple of clicks to discover these types of photographs taken by photographer Dov Charney, 44. American Apparel project much of their focus on keeping their clothes sweatshop free. So, why don't they focus on having cleaner, more appropriate imagery. Their current images will be falling into the hands of many impressionable young girls. 'What I don’t like is the underlying reality that Dov Charney is a 44 year old man taking pictures of young girls in seemingly unchaperoned, slightly seedy situations. It’s uncomfortable viewing at best.' Source: Messy Nessy Chic “(Charney) regularly refers to female employees as ‘sluts’ and ‘whores.’ ‘Some of us love sluts,’ he said by way of defense in a recent deposition. ‘It could be also be an endearing term.’”—The Times Online “In the course of an interview with (Claudine Ko of Jane Magazine), Charney wiggled in his desk chair, loosened his Pierre Cardin belt and inquired, ‘Can I?’ Without pausing for an answer, he hoiked his trousers down and proceeded to, well, you know, all the while chatting away about AAs business forecast for the coming year. The reporter dished in her piece, claiming Charney had pleasured himself in front of her ‘eight or so times’ and that she also witnessed him request oral sex from an employee, who obliged.”—The Times Online “Women accused Charney of exposing himself to them. One woman said he invited her to masturbate with him and that he ran business meetings at his Los Angeles home wearing close to nothing. Another employee said he asked her to hire young women with whom he could have sex. All of the women filing suit described Charney using ‘foul language’ in their presence, much of it demeaning to women.”—Knowmore.com Read about the worst of Dov Charney here- and yes, he has been taken to court before: http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/the-worst-of-dov-charney http://www.buzzfeed.com/fashionista/american-apparels-dov-charney-accused-of-us-wks You can view the photos live on their website here: (there are over 900 ads): Floy Gaidarski- a petition signer: 'Depicting young girls in sexual and submissive positions to sell clothing forms harmful schematic gender roles for impressionable young girls and boys.' You can view their picture gallery here, (over 900 ads): http://www.americanapparel.net/advertising/ You can make a complaint about any of their adverts here: http://www.asa.org.uk/Consumers/How-to-complain/Online-Form/Step1.aspx Sources: http://www.messynessychic.com/2011/01/12/how-awkwardly-pornographic-can-the-american-apparel-ad-campaigns-get/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/10/american-apparel-asa-banned-ads_n_3051751.html http://www.menafn.com/75379e28-505a-4c4d-8394-0cf486b06f9d/American-Apparel-continues-to-sexualize-women?src=main This is what American Apparel say about their advertising: The American Apparel advertising campaign has become as synonymous with our brand name as the signature Made in the USA basics that first put us on the map. Our vertically integrated business model means that every aspect of our operation, from design to distribution, is done in-house. The majority of our creative content is conceived somewhere between the 2nd floor and the factory rooftop, and overseen by our founder and CEO, Dov Charney, who first introduced our un-airbrushed aesthetic more than a decade ago.We find our models all over the world, through online submissions, word of mouth, and in retail stores, where we've been known to do an impromptu test shoot or two. Our ads have always been indicative of a time and place in American Apparel's identity, which has evolved into a 12,000 employee worldwide collaboration. Explore the online ad archives for a closer look at our ads featuring models, factory inner-workings and the global vernacular that inspires us.
Big brands: Stop using alleged sex offender & pornographic Terry Richardson as your photographer
Harper's Bazaar & GQ Vogue, H&M, Mango, Harpers Bazaar, Mercedes Benz, 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 unprofessional 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 publicized 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 ALLEGED sex offender? These allegations need to be looked at more closely and the appropriate justice received. 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 behavior. 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 encourage 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 particularly stand out are one of a woman in a trash can giving Richardson a sexual favor as if to suggest she is 'garbage' and a picture of a woman giving Richardson a sexual favor with the word 'SLUT' written on her forehead. Why are the big brands we buy from associating 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 explotation 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 fellated? Is this the kind of image Obama wants to associate himself with? See link below. EXPLICIT PHOTOS INCLUDING TERRY: *Funnily enough, these links have now been taken down. How convenient? However you will find some new links below to his explicit work* http://kerrplop.tumblr.com/post/32214524139/sweetie-pie-get-a-clue-porn-is-bad-because-it and *Funnily enough*, the old terry tumblr featuring explicit violent porn including Terry has now been taken down. However, don't worry, I have most of these images saved and some have been produced in some of this 'coffee table books'. This was the original site: http://oldterry.tumblr.com/ Only some of his explicit images can now be found here: I have dozens of pictures saved of him having sex with models, models felating him, Richardson eqaculating on models. We need these images in the public eye for big brands to realise what they are accociating themselves with, let alone Barack Obama who Richardson shot. Richardson also promoted unprotected sex in these pictures. You can now find explicit photos here: http://terryrichardsonold.blogspot.co.uk/ And here: http://nudeimagehost.com/users.php?act=gallery&gal=4427 Also, some here: http://www.thelondonvandal.com/2012/08/i-miss-the-old-terhttp://nudeimagehost.com/users.php?act=gallery&gal=4427ry-richardson-photography/ http://straight.fleshbot.com/5932158/terry-richardson-hangs-with-pornstars-is-a-pornstar http://nypost.com/2013/11/03/exposing-terry-richardson-fashions-favorite-pervert/ http://www.nationalreview.com/article/364022/isnt-girl-power-michelle-malkin?fb_action_ids=250053965144044&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22250053965144044%22%3A542558665829906%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22250053965144044%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D Terry's explicit images have been published in his own book- Terryworld Artist's Edition. The blurb of this book on Amazon states: Who took 1970's porn esthetic and made it fashion chic? Terry Richardson. Who made the trailer park trendy and the tractor hat de rigueur? Richardson again. Who's equally at home in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Purple and Vice? Our boy Terry. Who uses his fashion money to fund an X-rated website? Yes, Richardson. And who can't resist getting his clothes off and jumping in front of his own lens? Well, that would be Terry Richardson as well. Porn stars, supermodels, transsexuals, hillbillies, friends, pets, and celebrities all do for his lens what they'll do for no other. And if anyone ever wonders why they did it, just blame it on Terryworld, where taboos are null and void, and fashion finds sex a perfect fit. The Artist's Edition comes in a clear plastic case with 4 personally selected limited-edition Terryprints and a Terrybear (a little teddy bear with Terry's face on it). Links to all the work Harper's Bazaar, GQ and other publications have had with Richardson: http://jezebel.com/who-supports-and-funds-terry-richardson-gq-and-bazaar-1543259950?utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow 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. In November 2012, Bruce Willis’ and Demi Moore’s daughter Scout tweeted that “last night Terry Richardson tried to finger me. I didn’t let him, obviously. But I did let him photograph me topless in the bathroom.” '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/ http://www.mamamia.com.au/style/models-vogue-terry-richardson-exploitation/ 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' http://observer.com/2014/03/the-true-nature-of-terry-richardsons-work/ 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. Picture source thegroundmag.com