They Said/We Said: Clint Eastwood’s daughter puts her Birkin on fire for art’s sake

Photography by: Tyler Shields
Photography by: Tyler Shields

Being the daughter of Clint Eastwood affords you certain luxuries—like burning a bag that costs more than what most people earn in a year and calling it art.  Since sex tapes are obviously passé—we haven’t seen the private regions of some celebutot or another in what seems like forever—Francesca Eastwood has gone ahead and changed the fame-whoring game.

In a torturous series of events, the 19-year-old Eastwood burned, bit and chainsaw-ed a red crocodile Hermès Birkin bag while her shock-photographer boyfriend, Tyler Shields, snapped away.  In one image, the red-lipped teen blows on the burning Birkin bag to further fan the flames. In another, she uses a chainsaw to shred the bag to pieces.

It turns out that the public has not been so receptive to Francesca’s interpretation of “art.”  Perhaps it’s the fact that she burned a bag that costs roughly the equivalent to feeding 900 African children for a year, and considering a lot of people die everyday from hunger-related issues, we get why a lot of people are pissed.  What casts doubt on Francesca’s claim that the demise of the Birkin bag happened in the name of art is the fact that the celebrity-spawn used the photo shoot to promote her E! reality T.V. series, Mrs. Eastwood and Company.  Last night Francesca tweeted, “make sure to watch mrs Eastwood and company tonight at 10 pm on E! to find out why we lost Birkin…so sad.”


The Soup: “When Francesca Eastwood had $100,000 to burn…she burned it. Then chainsawed it” [Twitter]

Huff Post Style: “Turns out, people don’t like it when you set a $100K purse on fire” [Twitter]

Leah Chernikoff: “Do we smell a Kardashian rival?” [Fashionista]


Eliza Grossman, assistant fashion editor: “Modern and performance art often test extremes in order to evoke emotion and reaction. Francesa Eastwood and Tyler Shield’s actions can surely be interpreted a number of ways. Shield’s photography series Fashion Kills, Love Kills documents the destruction of designer items. Although interpretation is individual, in this case, I would consider the items themselves more artistic and functional than the photographs.”

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