Sure, Muslim German-Turkish, living in Berlin model/actress Sila Sahin looks all wholesome here, but she is getting heat from her Muslim family for posing naked on the cover and inside German Playboy magazine. “I did it because I wanted to be free at last,” she said. “These photographs are a liberation from the restrictions of my childhood.”
As the Daily Mail reports, “Ms Sahin’s declared intention was to used the controversial Playboy photoshoot as a call to action for other Turkish girls who suffer the effects of their strict backgrounds, where women’s choices are often limited, husbands are chosen for the girls and chastity closely controlled.”
This is a cool piece on the controversial and acclaimed Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, done by the Tate Modern when Weiwei exhibited there last year in his sunflower seed installation. After Weiwei was detained by Chinese authorities earlier this month for being, well, free-thinking and influential, this video has taken on even more meaning.
We always like it when magazines cause a stir. They still matter, regardless of what form. We know Purple will stick around because they are the ultimate specialty rag, but TIME may not around too much longer and The Economist will continue to push both print and digital hard.
Flavorwire touches on the 10 most controversial magazine covers of the year, including this Lohan as Jesus cover, and a few below here that were all a little “ballsy” for the year.
Hey, you can’t offshore drill, you are BP, you know there is oil in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska, but the oil is 3 miles offshore. What do you do? You build your own motherf-ing island. So now, that oil you want in the Beaufort, well, it sits on an “artificial island — a 31-acre pile of gravel in about 22 feet of water — built by BP.”
Of course there are environmental issues here. “The scientists and other critics say they are worried about a replay of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico because the Liberty project involves a method of drilling called extended reach that experts say is more prone to the types of gas kicks that triggered the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon.”
Its the oil companies world, and we are just dying on it. Read more.
This is a moment we thought the article got cracking…
Even though he had voted for Obama, McChrystal and his new commander in chief failed from the outset to connect. The general first encountered Obama a week after he took office, when the president met with a dozen senior military officials in a room at the Pentagon known as the Tank. According to sources familiar with the meeting, McChrystal thought Obama looked “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the roomful of military brass. Their first one-on-one meeting took place in the Oval Office four months later, after McChrystal got the Afghanistan job, and it didn’t go much better. “It was a 10-minute photo op,” says an adviser to McChrystal. “Obama clearly didn’t know anything about him, who he was. Here’s the guy who’s going to run his fucking war, but he didn’t seem very engaged. The Boss was pretty disappointed.”
Icons. It’s no secret Americans are obsessed with icons and celebrity. In his new show, the controversial MBW (and subject of Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop) explores well know imagery and people of years past.