Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Vice and Virtue
slams Vice's "breaktakingly tasteless" spread depicting famous female writers suicides--while showing every photo from it (complete with slit wrists, gun in mouth, etc.), in large size, no less. Lo and behold, Vice pulls the entire spread ("We will no longer display 'Last Words' on our website and apologize to anyone who was hurt or offended.")--and Jezebel is still showing all the photos, starting with Sylvia Plath (left) contemplating her kitchen oven. Some commenters there object to Jezebel doing this, others ask why they don't just post one photo if they really feel the need to offer a flavor, but not all of them.
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch