Before I get into what Glenn Hunt has to say for himself, I wanted to say that I’m amazed by the lack of response to Thursday’s blog about model exploitation in New Zealand. Besides several magazine editors speaking out in response to two local episodes where models were apparently given drugs on set, very few people have made any noise. It’s a little confusing. The feedback to an ad campaign where a model was depicted dead was gargantuan. And an ad campaign where an over-age but young-looking model was shown in lingerie drew an overwhelming moral objection. But as soon as the actual topic of models being exploited is raised, or an invitation to start a dialogue about what can be done to safeguard the vulnerable is suggested (thanks to Melinda Williams), all anybody seems to want to talk about is whether or not photographers should get paid for photo shoots. Like I said, it’s a little confusing.
And to make matters even more intriguing, the following email just arrived in my inbox from 1AM‘s Glenn Hunt.
“Isaac ya li’l stirrer… [we’re currently] on deadline, but took a break to join Delaney (NO) and Andy (Pilot) in defense of the current smear campaign on local popular culture you are encouraging and [in defense of] the people who dedicate their lives to trying to raise peoples consciousness and the awareness and support of NZ talent… This kind of sensationalism is irresponsible and it saddens me to see the clock being turned back 20 years – it’s a different world now Isaac and girls are not dumb and helpless any more, and it’s sexist and creepy to assume this or that they couldn’t be trusted to have responsibility for their actions – try holding them back!!!!”
If I’d realised that drawing attention to very real concerns in the industry was stirring, a smear campaign, sensationalism, irresponsible, saddening or creepy, I’m sure I would have thought twice before doing so.
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