Kylie Jenner posed in a wheelchair for Interview magazine. Can you guess whether people thought this was a good idea or bad idea? If you guessed bad idea, congratulations. You have more foresight and sensitivity than the creative minds behind a major publication.
The image, which was released yesterday along with the more well-received assless chaps photo, depicts Jenner sitting in a wheelchair looking straight ahead of her.
The magazine stands by the photo, and told People the whole thing is an art metaphor that nobody gets:
At Interview, we are proud of our tradition of working with great artists and empowering them to realize their distinct and often bold visions. The Kylie Jenner cover by Steven Klein, which references the British artist Allen Jones, is a part of this tradition, placing Kylie in a variety of positions of power and control and exploring her image as an object of vast media scrutiny.
Throughout the Art Issue, we celebrate a variety of women who are both the creators and subjects of their artistic work, and the Kylie feature aims to unpack Kylie's status as both engineer of her image and object of attention. Our intention was to create a powerful set of pictures that get people thinking about image and creative expression, including the set with the wheelchair, but our intention was certainly not to offend anyone.
Meanwhile, activists and people in actual wheelchairs are like, "Bad metaphor, bro."
Some also noted that behind-the-scenes players might be more culpable than Kylie for the misguided concept.
The "Kylie Jenner in a glam wheelchair" idea is so outrageous that you do have to wonder if Interview is trolling the Internet to get attention. If so, it's definitely working.