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Posts Tagged ‘Iris Chang’

Vice Gets Vicey With Photo Spread Glamorizing Suicide [Update]

Vice has always been good at stirring up controversy, and a new photo spread shows the magazine is still at the top of its game. The piece, titled “Last Words,” shows women portraying literary icons who committed suicide. Each model poses in the way in which the writer took their life. For Iris Chang, the model holds a gun pointed toward her face; for Sylvia Plath, the model is depicted staring at an open oven. You get the idea.

Last Words is gross because it glamorizes suicide. There’s nothing sexy, fashionable, or edgy, about people killing themselves. Hell, the least Vice could’ve done was list some of the writers’ work. But nah, why do anything to distract from the goal of trolling people?

Vice has — once again — managed to attract attention by publishing low brow material. Let’s not act surprised, or for that matter, upset. Let’s just acknowledge the fact that Vice is consistent.

Update (2:16 pm):
Vice has removed Last Words from its website. In its place is the following statement:

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Paula Kamen on Iris Chang, Conspiracy Theories

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In Salon, Paula Kamen discusses author Iris Chang and her suicide. Kamen’s book about Chang has been reviewed well, if not extensively. Conspiracy fanciers speculated about Chang’s death:

These were widespread beliefs about either the right-wing Japanese or about the U.S. government, which is who she feared. As far-fetched as some of the conspiracy theories may sound, a lot of this was based in some reality, so it took investigative journalism to peel back the layers and see what was fact and what was fiction. It just showed, too, the pressures she was under, and I started to feel paranoid after researching her for a while. Her world was a pretty strange one.

In the comments section, there’s an interesting point by an anti-psychotic medications person. If only Chang had taken a free personality test.