Suicide As Fashion Statement: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Abby Zimet

The latest award for Breathtaking Tastelessness In the Questionable Name of Selling Stuff goes to Vice Magazine, which ran a "Last Words" so-called fashion spread reenacting the suicides of female authors, complete with blood, splayed bodies and fashion notes. After a howl of outrage they pulled it from their website - but not print editions - with an almost equally tasteless non-apology explaining to us artless morons that their spreads are cool and unconventional and "approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one" and so what's our problem? Suicide rates are sharply up, especially among the middle-aged, with suicide now exceeding traffic accidents as a cause of death in this country and bringing  untold grief and anguish to many, many people. That's our problem.

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