Birkin bags cost a lot. When they're made of alligator they cost even more. Like $100,000. Which is why lots of people are pissed that Clint Eastwood's daughter Francesca, who stars on the new E! show "Mrs. Eastwood and Company," was photographed taking a chainsaw to a $100,000 red alligator Birkin bag for funsies. 19-year-old Eastwood dates 30-year-old celebrity photographer/provocateur Tyler Shields (you might remember him as the guy who shot Misha Barton fondling a large piece of raw steak) and is a frequent muse for his photographic pursuits. For Shields' latest stunt, he shot Eastwood biting, then taking a chainsaw to, then setting fire to a Birkin. "This is the red Crocodile Birkin VS the red $200 chainsaw and 4 dollars of gasoline!" Shields wrote on his site. "Destruction is a beautiful version of freedom…"
Only peeps are understandably having a hard time seeing the "beauty" in casually destroying a bag that costs more than most make in a year. Some reactions from Shields' own website:
I had been a fan of your work for about five years, but, I vow to never give your photographs another glance now. This is incredibly insensitive to those in financial need, and, frankly, an embarrassment for the both of you. This is not artistry; it's a pathetic attempt at shock value.
fucking spoiled rich fuckers have NO clue what it is to make a dollar. Go and work for a living and see if you burn a 100k bag. Hell you wouldnt even be burning a 50 dollar bag. That is NOT art losers.
And the commenters on TMZ's story about the photoshoot are really worked up:
People are out of work, losing their homes, and these mindless idiots have money to piss away like this. Truly disgusting.
Repulsive spoiled little brat. Do people like this know how much 100 k could have helped people in need? Instead this waste of space sets her 100 k on fire rather than give it to someone who needs it, or put it towards a good cause. Truly a repulsive, worthless trust fund baby. Keep living off of daddy you spoiled brat.
Or this succinct sentiment:
I want to punch her in the face.
This isn't the first time Shields and Eastwood have destroyed spendy fashion items in the name of "freedom." The duo also hacked through a Louboutin and set it on fire (and props to Mr. Louboutin, Shields said it took him seven saws and 20 minutes of drilling to split it open).
Do we smell a Kardashian rival? Welcome back from the long weekend! Doesn't this make you happy to be back?