Sorry, but nothin’ about sexual assault makes you want to go buy a silk blouse
Raj Shetye Slammed For Gang Rape Depiction In Fashion Photo Shoot
An Indian fashion photographer is doing damage control following the online release of his controversial photo shoot last week.
Raj Shetye’s series “The Wrong Turn” depicts a well-dressed Indian woman trying to fend off the advances of a handful of men on a bus. The images call to mind the tragic true-life story of the 23-year-old New Delhi woman who was brutally gang-raped by six men on a bus in December 2012. The woman later died, and the incident kickstarted a global debate about sexual assault and brought the issue into sharper focus in India.
Says Shetye about his intentions:
“It’s a self-inspired photoshoot to highlight certain social conflicts a woman in India, rich or poor, faces,” Shetye told HuffPost. “The idea was to capture my staunch views about women’s rights through a bold medium that will appeal to people.”
However, he added, he feels his intentions have been misinterpreted by the public.
“A lot of people, without seeing the complete work, were outraged just by the building public opinion,” he said. “People criticize, and they have the right to, but they get swayed by public opinion too quick and don’t feel the need to cross-check any facts.”
Suffice to say, Indian Twitter was pissed.
We get it. If some azzhole hack photographer wanted to recreate Trayvon Martin’s death with Gucci, YSL, and Louis Vuitton we’d flip the f*** out too.
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Images via Raj Shetye