heather-morris
by Ali Berman
Categories: Causes, People
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Photo: Tyler Shields

When I first saw the images of Heather Morris looking like a happy sex kitten 1950′s housewife with a black eye, I wanted to shake the person who thought it was a good idea to make domestic violence seem like silly fun.

I’m not the only one. The photos of Morris have been widely criticized for their controversial content. In an effort to staunch the negative press, the photographer Tyler Shields has decided to donate proceeds to two different causes.

Thirty percent of the proceeds for two of the less questionable images will go to the homeless charity The Big Issue. As for the close up of the “Glee” star’s beat up face? One hundred percent of the proceeds from the three limited editions of that image will go straight to a domestic violence organization. No word on which organization will get the funds, but bidding starts at $100,000.

Shields, while recognizing why other people are upset about the images, told E! News, “In no way were we promoting domestic violence. We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot and that’s exactly what we did!”

I’m not sure how throwing together a black eye, an iron, and flirty poses wouldn’t have run up anyone’s red flag, but there you have it.

Via Zap 2 It

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Krystine

    It’s so odd that people chose THIS photo to be offended by, as opposed to the x-ray of a gun in a person’s mouth, or the one where the word, “love,” is cut into someone’s hand. Wouldn’t those be making light of suicide or self-harm?