AceShowbiz - Kylie Jenner receives backlash over pictures of her in a wheelchair as part of her racy photo shoot for Interview Magazine. In two photos, the 18-year-old reality star posing in a sexy outfit while sitting in a gold wheelchair.
Emily Smith Beitiks, associate director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability in San Francisco, tells CNN of Kylie's wheelchair photos, "It's deeply disturbing. People with disabilities are already seen as powerless, and this just reinforces that. I think she's literally being objectified made to look like a sex doll, and this wheelchair is an added element of passivity they're adding on."
Some Twitter users also blast Kylie over the wheelchair shots.
No. I don't want to see Kylie Jenner in a wheelchair. No I don't think it's edgy or cool when people don't know how to talk about disability— emma (@Oh_EmmaGee) December 1, 2015
I'm constantly infantilized because of my wheelchair, denied even the idea of sexuality and agency let alone desirability. But Kylie?— Kayla Whaley (@PunkinOnWheels) December 1, 2015
Kylie Jenner did blackface in a photoshoot, dreadlocs, and now wheelchair...stop pretending it's only the photographers fault.— jordan rose (@maliagif) December 1, 2015
I darent go out in my home town or take pictures when I'm in my chair but kylie jenner can sit in a gold plated wheelchair for a photoshoot— Amelia (@amysgotmilk) December 1, 2015
Kylie using a wheelchair bc she feels "limited" as a wealthy, famous, able-bodied person COMPLETELY trivializes non-wealthy, disabled folks.— momo (@momodamermaid) December 1, 2015
equating kylie modeling in a wheelchair to wearing glasses u dont need is incredibly short sighted theres so much stigma and desexualization— nancy (@crustkink) December 1, 2015
Interview Magazine explains to E! News about their decision to use wheelchair in Kylie's photo shoot, "At Interview, we are proud of our tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realize their distinct and often bold visions. The Kylie Jenner cover by Steven Klein, which references the British artist Allen Jones, is a part of this tradition, placing Kylie in a variety of positions of power and control and exploring her image as an object of vast media scrutiny."
"Throughout the Art Issue, we celebrate a variety of women who are both the creators and subjects of their artistic work, and the Kylie feature aims to unpack Kylie's status as both engineer of her image and object of attention," the mag continues, "Our intention was to create a powerful set of pictures that get people thinking about image and creative expression, including the set with the wheelchair. But our intention was certainly not to offend anyone."