by China DeSpain
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Controversial photographer Tyler Shields is at again. Last month, it was Heather Morris‘s “Bruised Barbie” photos. This time around, it’s photos of former The O.C. star Mischa Barton posing with raw meat that are causing a ruckus.

Apparently, after lunching with Barton at an In-N-Out burger joint, Shields got the idea for the raw meat shoot. He promptly purchased $65 of raw meat, some of which he used in the shots. The photos, which show Barton gnawing on raw beef, as well as laying a slab of it across her face, were posted to Shields’s website on Monday. PETA immediately took notice, and issued a written statement chastising both the actress and the photographer.

According to TooFab, the PETA statement reads, “This raw meat stuff is getting old and may not only hurt and kill cows, it may hurt Mischa, because so much meat is infected with salmonella, E. coli, and campylobacter that licking it is like licking a toilet. In addition to this being completely unoriginal, it’s completely callous — flesh from a tortured animal isn’t a joke, isn’t camp, and isn’t cool. Meat is full of blood, is produced with violence, and causes great suffering. So if that’s the look they were going for, too bad: They could have taken a leaf out of the playbooks of Pamela Anderson and Alyssa Milano, two PETA pinups who have shown off their natural beauty in outfits made of lettuce leaves for PETA’s “Let Vegetarianism Grow on You” campaign.”

TooFab also posted a response from Shields, who said, “I did not kill the cow, I just bought the meat. If they feel like I should be using lettuce instead of meat, I will see if I can work that into something. I don’t attack them for being non-meat eaters so I hope they can respect my choice as a human to eat it.”

Not only did he not kill the cow, Shields also made sure the meat didn’t go to waste. Per Eonline, after the photoshoot, he hosted a barbecue for friends to use up the remaining pieces (although he did toss the one that Barton had already chewed on).

As for Barton, her reps have yet to comment.

So, what do you think? Valid artistic vision or promotion of cruelty? Is PETA having a cow over nothing, or do they have a legitimate complaint?

About China DeSpain

China DeSpain is a San Antonio-based writer and blogger. She loves pop culture, animal rights, health and fitness, international travel, books and wigs. Follow China on Twitter: @ChinaDeSpain

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  • Rat King

    I saw the pictures! It’s just disgusting! I can’t understand Mischa Barton! Showing herself always in company of dogs I thought that she is animal friendly! I hope that this stupid faux-pas doesn’t contaminate other celebrities because I think that she was badly inspired by Lady Gaga and this is really not a good idea!

  • lillsche

    I think this whole waste of food is not so great to see. There are so many people who would need food for it’s real purpose. And we keep on wasting it. But I guess that’s just today’s life.

    Pretty sure Tyler Shields can make excellen pictures of Mischa Barton even without meat…

  • Larsss

    I like some of Tyler Shields work but yes, the photos are disgusting. If he used the meat anyway surely that’s just the same as eating meat. (Which I oppose anyway). To me they are just distasteful

  • Dr.Cucumber

    There was argued that he didn´tkill the cow himself, he only bought the meat.

    Maybe people who buy fur would like to use that justification?

    Or maybe the rhino horn and tiger penis user.. they didn´t shoot and kill the animals with their own hands to get their hands on clumped hair and sexual organs…so that makes them blameless?

    But if you buy fur, rhino horn,tiger penis or meat it is all the same,with the money to buy that stuff you pay people to kill off(and torture beforehand) the animals.

    Would be really funny if a wife would pay a killer to off her husband and she would defend herself that she didn´t kill her husband herself so she is innocent..I bet no one would see her as innocent