Ok, Steven Meisel, we get it. You're shocking. We thank you for Madonna's Sex and her various nude or semi-nude album covers. We appreciate you "discovering" Karen Elson, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and other models. We'll even recognize your ability to make post-9-11 terrorism paranoia hot.
But the BP oil leak? Too soon.
Until now, you focused on moral concepts and abstract ideas. This oil is much too tangible. It is still very sticky on Louisiana's shores. Your shoot reminds us of Derek Zoolander taking a job in a coal mine.
The shots themselves don't come off quite as tone deaf as the copy with the feature: "Kristen McMenamy in the 'survivor' version, where she interprets in images the environmental drama that's afflicting the Gulf of Mexico," it singsongs. "She keeps her skin golden thanks to Self Tan Face Bronzing Gel Tint (to wear alone or with foundation): it takes care of the skin, while giving it a hint of color." And just a shade of THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER TO BEFALL THE U.S. IN HISTORY.
Just to be sure, let's walk through this month's batch of images for Vogue Italia. Who does this make you loathe more, BP or the fashion industry?