Eastwood and the Birkin
I finally saw what the uproar was all about. Francesca Eastwood (whom I had actually shared an elevator with at the Crillon during Le Bal de Débutantes in recent years) was photographed by her boyfriend Tyler Shields destroying a Hermes crocodile birkin worth over US$100,000– we’re talking biting, chainsawing, and then setting it on fire, all in the name of art.
Was I happy seeing this? Of course I wasn’t! I hate seeing beautiful things destroyed, and it pains me even more to see expensive things destroyed– even for art’s sake. People have taken to twitter to share their disgust, hatred, and disapproval at seeing Francesca do something like this to a Hermes birkin– from a bag lover’s standpoint, to the person-on-the-street’s standpoint.
There is reason for all those people to get upset, really. After all, it’s not exactly a walk in the park to make US$100,000 only to see it being
blown off burned away like that. True, that kind of money can feed a few villages of children. It could also save the lives of a few people easily. But here’s a fact remains unchallenged: Francesca Eastwood did not steal that money (it was not ill- gotten wealth but is something that either she or her father had worked so hard for) to buy that bag.
I am upset because she destroyed something beautiful and something that so many other women covet. Am I upset that she wasted her money– no. Because that’s her money, not mine, and not anyone else’s. Did I wish that she just auctioned the bag off for charity? Of course I did. A lot would’ve benefited from the money she’d have raised, no? But again the fact remains– it was still her (or her dad’s) money. And if anyone has the right to be really angry, I think it should be her dad.
Still I have to say this out loud, what a waste of a beautiful and expensive bag SOB. *Silent prayer for the deceased bag*
RIP, Hermes crocodile birkin. Now here are some questions I want answered– what does Hermes think about this? Was it really art, or was it a serious disrespect for the brand? And if Francesca were to ask to buy another birkin, would Hermes sell another one to her (or to anyone in her family for that matter)?
Go ahead, Hermes. Make her day. Or not!
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