Critics say that the pictures with the 'Glee' actress appears to glamorize violence against women, but celebrity photographer Tyler claims in defense, 'We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot.'
Heather Morris has sported a black eye in the name of art. The actress playing Brittany on "Glee" showed off her edgier side in a series of photos taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. While some praised the highly-stylized shots, others accused the pair of glamorizing violence against women.
"I do.not.get.it," one commenter by the user name of "befuddled" wrote on Tyler's site. "Why do you keep producing photos glamorizing violence against women? There is absolutely nothing new or revelatory about pics like this." Another one posted, "So wait... we're glamorizing bruises/abuse now?"
Executive director for the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rita Smith, told E! News, "If he had stopped with the image of the bruise, [the pics] could conceivably be used as a way to raise awareness about the impact of violence but the other things do make it look appealing, as if she might be enjoying the process and I don't think that's helpful."
In his defense, Tyler clarified to E!, "In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that's exactly what we did!" Sounding off similar statement, he explained to Us Weekly, "Our shoot poses a lot of questions, but just like in real life, Heather is definitely not a victim. More like a really liberated woman."
Tyler put up various shots of Heather with black eye on his website on Thursday, September 1. Along with the pictures, he wrote, "Even Barbie bruises. We have been talking about shooting for a long time and we finally made it happen!" To Us, he described her poses "as a subversive 'Barbie style' housewife."
One of the photos captures Heather seemingly being tied up while holding an iron's electrical cord in between her teeth. Another one displays the 24-year-old actress drinking water from the iron, one other sees her splaying on an ironing board, and the other shows her placing an iron over a man's crotch.