Kylie Jenner is under fire for her Dec. 1 ‘Interview’ photo shoot, for which she posed in a gold wheelchair. The Institute for Disability calls the photos ‘deeply disturbing’ and condemned Kylie for them. We have the scoop.
Kylie Jenner, 18, is taking some heat for the photo shoot in Interview magazine that features her in a gold wheelchair. The Institute For Disability has condemned the photos, saying that the fact that she’s in a wheelchair, plus the fetish gear and sex-doll hair and makeup, make the pictures “deeply disturbing.” See what else they said, here.
Disability advocates are none too pleased with Kylie’s Dec. 1 Interview shoot, specifically her photos posed like a sex doll in a wheel chair. And they’ve got a pretty good point, too. “It’s deeply disturbing,” said Emily Smith Beitiks, associate director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in San Francisco, to CNN. “People with disabilities are already seen as powerless, and this just reinforces that.”
The problem is that people with disabilities are often expected to be helpless, and putting on fetish gear sexualizes that helplessness, according to advocates. Not to mention that Kylie is posed stiff and expressionless, as if she is a doll. All of these things combine to make a really problematic representation of a disabled person. “I think she’s literally being objectified, made to look like a sex doll,” says Emily, “and this wheelchair is an added element of passivity they’re adding on.”
Fans on Twitter aren’t too happy about seeing a daily necessity being used as an accessory, either. They took issue with both using the wheelchair as a limitation, and using it as a fashion statement.
Kylie Jenner used the wheelchair to represent her limitations. Which is horrible. Because my wheelchair LIBERATES me.
— B❄️TH❄️NY (@bethanyhurts) December 1, 2015
The ridiculous @KylieJenner tries to profit off the misconception "wheelchair bound" means we're helpless…my wheelchair is my FREEDOM
— Dominick Evans (@dominickevans) December 1, 2015
— hayl storm (@hxyleylxtour) December 1, 2015
— Jessica Jewett Jones (@JJ9828) December 1, 2015
So disabled models can't get work or advance in the fashion industry but Kylie jenner can use a wheelchair and be classed as edgy 👌
— Beth (@Bendy_Mermaid) December 1, 2015
Of course, Kylie is acting under the direction of photographers, and while she may look amazing, we have to admit it’s definitely an odd choice for Interview to make. According to CNN, advocates want an apology, but don’t expect to get one. Hopefully this will be a learning experience for Kylie.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Kylie’s Interview photo shoot in a wheelchair art, or is it offensive? Sound off below!