Last Friday, LA Weekly published Art Tavana's article on the musician and actress Sky Ferreira in which Tavana spoke at great length about how the 23-year-old looks like Madonna and is cool. When it comes to Ferreira's resemblance to Madonna, Tavana was sure to point out one particular likeness: "Both Sky and Madonna have similar breasts in both cup size and ability to cause a shitstorm."
Tavana spoke about Ferreira's breasts in the context of her 2013 debut Night Time, My Time album cover. Continuing his discussion of her breasts, Tavana shared his opinion upon seeing the cover: "A third unnamed group that included me couldn't help but reminisce about Madonna's defiantly atomic boobs — the two knockers that altered the course of human history."
Later on, Tavana expanded his coverage of Ferreira's body beyond her breasts, saying, that "...we almost never have the audacity to admit that her looks —specifically, her Madonna-ness — is her most direct appeal to the American consumer." He complimented Ferreira's sex appeal, describing it as a "talent."
Ferreira's sex appeal, like any woman's, isn't entirely a gift from God. It isn't something she's simply born with. It had to be sharpened and used like Beatrix's sword in Kill Bill: with fine, deadly precision.
As to her music, Tavana conceded that, "She's got talent — not like Christina Aguilera or Ariana Grande, but she's got pipes comparable to Madonna."
LA Weekly's Music Editor Andy Hermann penned an apology for Tavana's sexist article in which he explained that he saw too late that the article crossed the "fine line between being provocative and being offensive, and every journalist should respect it."
Tavana's intention, the way I saw it, was to write about an artist he admires in a way that didn't shy away from her use of her image and sexuality as a part of that artistry. I felt that, in doing this, he wasn't trying to objectify or degrade her. But some of his language was deliberately inflammatory and ultimately at odds with that underlying intention. As his editor, it was my job to catch that and fix it, or ask him to rethink it — and in that regard, I let down both Tavana and his subject, Sky Ferreira.
After collecting her thoughts, Ferreira responded on Twitter to the article in which Tavana asserted that "she had the chutzpah to defend photographer Terry Richardson" alongside his many compliments about her body.
Previously, Ferreira responded directly on Instagram to Andy Hermann's apology.
They're giving off pretty distinct—and unique—vibes. That makes sense since Madonna and Sky Ferreira are two different people.