The Interview Magazine recently shared this photo of socialite Kylie Jenner who posed in a wheelchair.
Ian Watlington, the disability advocacy specialist for the National Disability Rights Network told Mashable,
"The photo just adds more ogling and sensationalism that people with disabilities are used to, without adding to the conversation about what it means to be in a wheelchair in the world today."
A statement which resonates with many, and several wheelchair users took to Twitter to share their disgust:
@KylieJenner wow being in a wheelchair is so fun and fashionable! #Ableism is the ultimate fashion statement! pic.twitter.com/lOScQnODhy
— Ophelia Brown (@bandaidknees) December 1, 2015
First time I used a wheelchair, I cried when I got home. Yet Kylie, who is abled-body, gets published for "fashion"
— candycane ho (@CalyCupcake) December 1, 2015
As someone in a wheelchair @KylieJenner @InterviewMag, this is offensive. My chair is not haute couture. pic.twitter.com/y3sBaiJzIH
— Jessica Jewett Jones (@JJ9828) December 1, 2015
Oh I see! When I'm in my wheelchair noone can look me in the eye but when Kylie Jenner sits in a wheelchair it's FASHION. silly me.
— Amelia (@amysgotmilk) December 1, 2015
Interview Magazine offered the following statement:
“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.”