30 May 2012 by

Francesca Eastwood's Boyfriend Tyler Shields Responds To Birkin Bonfire Controversy: 'I will donate $100,000'

 

UPDATE: And so the Birkin Bonfire still burns. Since Grazia Daily reported on the furore that arose yesterday after Francesca Eastwood and her photographer boyfriend Tyler Shields massacred a $100,000 Hermes Birkin bag during a sacrificial ceremony photoshoot.

The pair faced heavy criticism and even death threats from around the world after they posted the pictures – which showed them hacking into the bag with a chainsaw, before setting it alight – online. Francesca, who is the 18-year-old daughter of legendary actor Clint, was accused of wasting money which could have gone towards helping a charity or family need.

Despite Francesca’s declaration to friends that the bag was burned in the ‘name of art’, intriguingly, the pair appear to have taken the criticism seriously. Earlier today, Tyler Shields posted a response to the comments, stating that if someone buys one of the photographs which caused such a stir, he’ll donate $100,000 to a family in need. Not. Even. Kidding. Read on, friends:

‘The Birkin photos are for sale,’ Tyler says on his website. ‘If somebody were to buy — all right, let’s do this. If somebody wants to buy one of the Birkin photos, I will donate $100,000 — not to a charity — but to a family. I will give one family in need $100,000 cash...I would select somebody who — my father had a stroke when I was 15, and it became very difficult financially for the family, so I think I would do that. I think I would find a family that someone had a stroke or some type of ailment. I think that if somebody had done that for us when that happened to me, it would have been like a miracle. So, I’ll find somebody who that just happened to and I will help them out.’

Yowza. So, any takers?

 

Francesca Eastwood Burning Birkin Bag

 

29. 05. 12 Wealthy women around the world wait years to get their hands on one, and they’re regularly dubbed one of the world’s most sought after accessories. So when Francesca Eastwood and her photographer boyfriend burned an Hermès Birkin worth a whopping $100,000 for a photoshoot, to say that it didn’t go down too well would be an understatement. In fact, since posting the photographs of their Birkin bonfire online, the daughter of film legend Clint Eastwood is now receiving death threats.

Outraged viewers, who watched in horror as the pair massacred the luxury crocodile-skin version of the bag, setting it alight before hacking into the red leather with a chainsaw (yes – a chainsaw!), have posted a barrage of abuse aimed at the pair online. Eighteen-year-old Francesca, who says she burned the bag in ‘the name of art’, has been accused of being a ‘rich girl with nothing better to do than burn money’, whilst others say that the wasted money could have been used to benefit charities or people in ‘real need’, and called the shoot ‘crazy’.

It’s not the first time Francesca and her beau have butchered a luxury item as part of a shoot: in January, she also set fire to a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes worth $10,000. Francesca has admitted that she expected the stunt, during which she is also seen biting the handles of the bag, to cause some strong reactions – she was right – but says she didn’t expect the comments to be so volatile or threatening.

Still, according to website TMZ, she remains more unfazed than her readers – telling friends that ‘people just don’t understand art.’ To that, one reader retorted, ‘This is not art at all its just plain stupidity!’ (Awkward.)

The cremation was premeditated by comments made by Francesca’s step-mother - Clint Eastwood’s wife – Dina, on reality TV show Mrs Eastwood and Company. She expressed her disgust at the fact that she even had a bag worth so much money, and the programme examined how Francesca struggled as a child, and how she didn’t have an understanding of the true value of money. You could say that…

So d’ya geddit? Or are you still mourning the Birkin? Tell us what you think!


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Cindy Hutschenreuter (Wed May 30 16:07:59 BST 2012): Stupid , spoiled little rich kids! Nothing makes me more angry than waste of money. So many people could have eaten , or gotten medical care with the money it cost to buy that bag. I hope her Father slaps her silly....
Tithi Malik (Wed May 30 17:58:57 BST 2012): SLAP!
Wayz's Tori Anderson (Wed May 30 20:32:32 BST 2012): wish she would've donated that bag to the upcoming silent auction for scleroderma research. walk with tori on sunday, september 9th at doub's woods park in hagerstown, md. all of that money could've gone to the scleroderma center at upmc. scleroderma sucks! I know. I have it...
Beverly Ann Courter (Thu May 31 01:07:32 BST 2012): SURE COULD USE THAT MONEY DOn't EVEN HAVE A CAR.
Alan R Renner (Thu May 31 10:23:12 BST 2012): I get it, I absolutely get it! Radical change must start somewhere. This statement will be at it's most effective when others in L.A. take up the cause. THE EXISTENCE IF THIS THING IS OBSCENE and it's destruction was a good thing on so many levels. Someone challenge me for charity to give 100 examples at $100 each and I'll knock it out in a day. Raise MORE money for charity.
Hoosier Helen (Thu May 31 22:04:09 BST 2012): It appears to me that Ms Eastwood has the depth of character of Paris Hilton from this article. Honestly have not heard much of Ms Eastwood previous to this article. Just for clarification, Ms Eastwood, this comparison to Paris Hilton is NOT a favorable comparison for you. I suggest you adjust your life goals to things more meaningful for our society, culture and entertainment. No...you have no need to be a new Mother Theresa...however...burning obscenely expensive designer purses to simply expresses to the public that you have no appreciation for the 'real and common people' within our world or the value of money that is being burned for your publicity and NOT for benefit of those in real needs for survival of life. Did an auction for charity to help others cross your mind? PLEASE do not deceive yourself to believe that you have burned a $100,000 purse to draw attention to our materialist world and is your way of expressing your artful statement. Tell that story, face to face to a mother with 5 children who are facing eviction of their home, an empty bank account, and no hope except the 1/2 tank of gas they have left in their very old car or SUV. Ms Eastwood...the true values & treasures of life are not to be found in your bank account or expensive accessories. Should you choose to clone a similar self image as I see Paris Hilton project, I promise you will not receive favorable attention from myself and/or many of my like minded friends. Don't sell yourself as short as Paris did. I've been a fan of your Father for many years and would enjoy seeing you carry the torch with your personal style (not that of a spoiled child). It appears to me that Ms Eastwood has the depth of character of Paris Hilton from this article. Honestly have not heard much of Ms Eastwood previous to this article. Just for clarification, Ms Eastwood, this comparison to Paris Hilton is NOT a favorable comparison for you. I suggest you adjust your life goals to things more meaningful for our society, culture and entertainment. No...you have no need to be a new Mother Theresa...however...burning obscenely expensive designer purses to simply expresses to the public that you have no appreciation for the 'real and common people' within our world or the value of money that is being burned for your publicity and NOT for benefit of those in real needs for survival of life. Did an auction for charity to help others cross your mind? PLEASE do not deceive yourself to believe that you have burned a $100,000 purse to draw attention to our materialist world and is your way of expressing your artful statement. Tell that story, face to face to a mother with 5 children who are facing eviction of their home, an empty bank account, and no hope except the 1/2 tank of gas they have left in their very old car or SUV. Ms Eastwood...the true values & treasures of life are not to be found in your bank account or expensive accessories. Should you choose to clone a similar self image as I see Paris Hilton project, I promise you will not receive favorable attention from myself and/or many of my like minded friends. Don't sell yourself as short as Paris did. I've been a fan of your Father for many years and would enjoy seeing you carry the torch with your personal style (not that of a spoiled child). Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/05/31/clint-eastwoods-daughter-sets-100000-handbag-on-fire/?iid=nf-article-mostpop1#ixzz1wU1G8200.
Terri Ingwell Silverman (Fri Jun 01 03:13:15 BST 2012): spoiled bratt! she should work..like her daddy did..so she would have $100,000 to just burn...shame on you and shame on your Daddy for letting this happen.
Lauren Lail (Fri Jun 01 03:30:08 BST 2012): WHO CARESSSSSSSSSSS.
Terry Turkovich (Sat Jun 02 05:02:34 BST 2012): I want to know why the hell a purse cost $100,000 anyway - it was a waste to purchase it! once it's purchased do what you want with it - there are alot of rich people buying things that could feed other people - it's their money. Jay Leno has a garage full of cars - he could feed a 3rd world country too - why do you write him about buying all those cars?- leave her alone.
Joanne NunyaBeeswax (Thu Jun 21 02:56:25 BST 2012): Out of touch with reality wealthy children. You know I grew up in Carmel California. I used to see Clint drive around in an older Mercedes. He seemed very down to earth. He would just walk the streets with Sandra Locke. Just a normal couple. He had a restaurant called the Hogs Breath Inn. He would be there on Fridays. Just a genuine guy. How did his child turn out so opposite from him?
Daryl R. Evans (Sat Jun 23 05:27:01 BST 2012): Well how much do you want for a copy of one of the pictures? If he names a good price I would love to buy one so a needy family gets to have a $100,000 of his money but I should get to pick the family.
Beverly Ann Courter (Thu Jun 28 08:09:48 BST 2012): I am on disablty social security and it is a constant struggle that money would be a miracle for my family. I wont be able to buy a painting though so it probably be my family. It would be such a blessing though.
Nat Wade (Wed Jul 11 12:05:51 BST 2012): you fuckin dick! to even have that amount of money to throw away, at least donate the COST of the bag plus the sales of the proceeds of a photo (I don't think ANYONE would buy!) to a worthy charity.. Blatant waste! What were you hoping to achieve? Except MEGA wanker status... Seriously dude.. Wake up!