Here’s What Happens When Famous People Support #TeamTerry

Fans expressed disappointment Friday after rapper Mykki Blanco posted an Instagram of him and Terry Richardson.

1. Early Friday morning, June 20, New York-based rapper Mykki Blanco shared this photo of himself and Terry Richardson, with the caption “#TeamTerry.”

The photo was taken during a November 2012 shoot at Terry’s New York studio. Richardson also photographed Blanco in 2011 for a Happy Socks campaign, along with A$AP Rocky, Action Bronson, and Sky Ferreira.

2. The photo has amassed more than 700 likes, but commenters are not thrilled:

Backlash against Terry Richardson intensified this week after a New York magazine cover story, in which “Uncle Terry” denied years of allegations that he coerces models into performing sexual acts during photo shoots.

4. Fans of Blanco, who sometimes performs in drag, also expressed disappointment on Twitter:

ew Mykki Blanco supporting Terry Richardson makes me so uncomfortable

— Electra (@electrasinclair)

7. The photo wasn’t popular on Facebook, where it was cross-posted, either.

8. A spokesperson for Mykki Blanco declined to comment.


Mykki Blanco responded to criticism of his Instagram, writing on Twitter that he’d rather be unpopular that participate in “crucifying.”

I'm not in the practice of vilifying or crucifying. If empathy is unpopular then I'll risk being unpopular.

— Mykki Blanco (@MykkiBlanco)

If my compassion is distasteful then so be it

— Mykki Blanco (@MykkiBlanco)

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