On his blog, Tyler wrote the following:
For the people who don’t know a Birkin is the most sought after bag in the entire world there is a waiting list and some of them can run upwards of $100,000. This is the red Crocodile Birkin VS the red $200 chainsaw and 4 dollars of gasoline!
Destruction is a beautiful version of freedom…
Would you want this bag?
Are you sad to see me destroy it?
The reactions in the comments of his blog range from “This isn’t art, this is a narcisstic show of your own excesses” to “fucking spoiled rich fuckers have NO clue what it is to make a dollar.” There were also many critiques of Shield’s skills as a photographer, like “I can take a better pic with my cell phone” and “the central composition is boring and with that boosted contrast it looks like a myspace picture i took in high school LOLOLOLOLOL, what a fuckin waste.”
But let’s take a look at some of the heat Francesca is taking on Twitter:
Hey @Francesca_E, I heard you lit a $100 g handbag on fire and shit? You should kill yourself. Really. I’m not joking. Kill yourself.— Matt Kirk
@Francesca_E my friend sats you are a fucking slag whore who deserves to die in a plane crash— The Puffin Dailyâ„¢
@Francesca_E if u hate all things expensive and pointless burn ur house down and kill ur step mom— brit tany
@Francesca_E that purse equaled 4 yrs of salary my husband makes in the USMC I hope you feel great that he would die for you to be stupid— Amanda Goodson
@Francesca_E You’re a selfish, spoilt little richkid brat. GTFO.— Dylan SnakeVenum
@Francesca_E ERES UNA PENDEJA ASSHOLE WHORE ESE DINERO DEBERIA SERVIR PARA GENTE POBRE— COQUETO2012
Some people were a bit more sensical about the issue:
@Francesca_E Why not sell the Birkin and give the money to charity instead of destroying it?— M
Some people are mad at @francesca_e for destroying a Birkin. Why aren’t they pissed at HermÃ¨s for pricing a bag at $100k?— Emily Wright
@Francesca_E So ungrateful. Selfish. You could’ve done something meaningful like donating that money. Some people actually have to work hard— bianca chan
It disgusts me how insensitive, and offensive @Francesca_E destroying 100,000 Birkin bag is to the hard working people in this country— Samantha Mills
And then, there are some people who loved it:
loving that photoshoot where you set that hermes bag on fire! @Francesca_E— Matt Grant
This is ridiculous! If someone chooses to ruin a Birkin THEY CAN! If you don’t like it DON’T WATCH IT! @Francesca_E Do what you want!— Erica Narvaez
@Francesca_E I’d love to have a birkin but I am NOT offended by the photos & actions! People need to get a life! Sorry u r getting grief!— Cindy R. Jones
@Francesca_E I’m poor and u carrying an Hermes does not offend me lol..im all for it! do what makes u happy :)— J.Bird
@Francesca_E Love The Pictures Birkin Bag On Fire!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!— Cliff Cosby
@Francesca_E. Don’t listen to what people say about the purse. @tylershields work is amazing. U guys keep doing what u do. Love ur photos!— maryalice
Obviously, this is all a ploy for attention and for people to tune into the Eastwood reality show. Still, people are worked up about it and at the end of the day, this is how the spawn of Clint Eastwood is spending her time. BuzzFeed: do you care? And if you do, what side are you on?