Photographer Tyler Shields is looking to make amends after he destroyed a crocodile Hermes Birkin bag, reportedly worth $100, 000, with his main squeeze and muse Francesca Fisher-Eastwood. The snapper and Clint Eastwood’s daughter received widespread condemnation earlier this week when they chainsawed the luxury bag in half before setting it alight.
Shields says he takes full responsibility for the stunt, which many believe was a desperate attempt to publicize Fisher-Eastwood’s reality TV series Mrs Eastwood & Company. He says he’ll donate the $100, 000 invested in the handbag to a needy family.
However there is a catch. He wants someone to buy one of the photos, although he neglects to say how much he’ll charge for the dubious art.
“If somebody wants to buy one of the Birkin photos, I will donate $100,000 … to a family,” he said. “I will give one family in need $100,000 cash.“
While Shields has been painted as a privileged white male with little understanding of the value of money, he claims he faced financial hardships as a teen when his father suffered a stroke. He hopes that perhaps a family who also has someone affected by a stroke or another medical condition may receive his generous cash donation.
“I think that if somebody had done that for us when that happened to me, it would have been like a miracle,” Shields explained. “So, I’ll find somebody who that just happened to and I will help them out.“
It’s a substantial gesture, but my cynical side feels like it’s just another attempt to drag this saga out. Should we give this pair any more air time?