UPDATE: Scout Willis Calls IvyGate, Deletes Secret Twitter Account, Has No Comment

Earlier this afternoon, Brown student and miniature celebrity Scout Willis ’13 (pictured right, with her mom, Demi Moore) left IvyGate a breathless voicemail demanding that we call her back. Shortly after that, she deleted the secret Twitter account we reported as her own. We soon returned Scout’s call, and in the ensuing conversation she told IvyGate that she had “absolutely no comment” because we “had already made enough assumptions for today.”

To Scout’s credit, the conversation was rather civil—quite unlike the unfiltered id known as @BOUGPUNK.

(Around the same time of our call the National Enquirer rewrote our original story under the headline “TWEETY PIE EYED! DEMI & BRUCE DIRTY DAUGHTER SCOUT.”)

Also: One of IvyGate’s attentive readers commented that no, no, no: Scout’s Twitter account was a satirical final project for a class at Brown:

Get some journalistic integrity, dude. This twitter was a final project for a class last semester that was 100% satire.

100% satire. Right. If so: for which class? Taught by which Brown professor? Do you know? Email us immediately. As in right now. For the time being, we will ignore the absurd idea that @BOUGPUNK would actually pass for a final project at Brown, or anywhere in higher education. And I guess you can ignore the fact that Scout’s Twitter feed commenced in late October of last year and continued until late last month. Because that totally sounds like a final project.

Even if Scout’s secret Twitter was some kind of final project (or belonged to one), even if she intended it to be satire (which it’s not—really, Scout doesn’t understand satire) then MAYBE IvyGate’s coverage is the point of the whole project. Of course! That was the idea of that Yale abortion art thing, right? Why not? Expect a Shvartsian essay in the Herald tomorrow.

Go Ask Aliza: Shvarts-Embryo-Art Describes Her First

picture-5Good news! Aliza Shvarts—the Yalie who staged a hostile takeover of the 24-hour news cycle last spring with nothing but a turkey baster, a jar of vaseline, and her fertile loins—is back, in the most ironic role possible: Educating little girls on reproductive health.

That’s right, Yale’s most notorious artist is a featured contributor in My Little Red Book, an anthology of first period stories edited by fellow Eli Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. Blurbed by Gloria Steinem, My Little Red Book is a strangely high-profile affair featuring the likes of Erica Jong and Gossip Girl originator Cecily von Ziegesar. Luckily, even the heftiest of literary minds is rendered totally preposterous in the face of adolescent menstruation and associated awkwardness, so this will be a fun post, after all. For a frighteningly weird peek into reproductive lives of Shvarts-Period-Art, Jong, and von Ziegesar (featuring phrases like “blood and poop and pee” and “clean white crotch of another girl”) read on!

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She’s Back!

Aliza Shvarts, she of the miscarriage art that caused such a stir at Yale a few months back, has been hiding out since April, even declining to come to graduation. But for everyone who hoped that her fifteen minutes were up, bad news.

Shvarts is back on the art scene, and not at any old two-bit gallery. No, she will present a piece at London’s Tate Modern this weekend. Considering that the Tate is also home to skull-encrusting, shark-pickling Damien Hirst‘s cow and calf carcasses, it sounds like a great match!

Shvarts was invited by Seth Kim-Cohen, a Yale art history professor and curator of the event. The Tate is calling it “an unmissable opportunity to examine the relationship between culture and technology with a range of leading thinkers and practitioners,” but a spokesperson was quick to emphasize that Shvarts’ piece is “not going to be in the Tate gallery. Nothing is on display.” (Translation: “No abortion art, please. We’re British.“) Read the rest of this entry »

Aliza Shvarts as Bad as the Taliban, PR-wise

Aliza Shvarts as Bad as the Taliban, PR-wiseYalies: If you would like to commit a grievous crime, now is the time, as you are almost guaranteed to fly under the radar, because we are all way too busy discussing Aliza Shvarts-Embryo-Art’s menstrual cycle and senior project.

Yale’s administration is now threatening to ban the aborto-agitator’s project if she doesn’t ‘fess up to making it up. YDN explains,

The University will not allow Aliza Shvarts ’08 to display her controversial senior art project at its scheduled opening Tuesday unless she confesses in writing that the exhibition is a work of fiction, Yale officials said Sunday. …  “I am appalled,” Yale College Dean Peter Salovey said in a statement Friday. “This piece of performance art as reported in the press bears no relation to what I consider appropriate for an undergraduate senior project.”

School of Art Dean Robert Storr also condemned the project in a written statement Friday.

“If I had known about this, I would not have permitted it to go forward,” Storr said in the statement. “This is not an acceptable project in a community where the consequences go beyond the individual who initiates the project and may even endanger that individual.”

Storr accuses Aliza of “avoiding intellectual accountability” for screaming ABORTION! in a crowded theater. Another administrator said the Shvarts-induced PR disaster is as bad as the time they admitted an ex-Taliban leader as a student.

Now that everyone’s favorite kinda-slutty-for-needleless-syringes Yalie commands about 50% of YDN, plus headlines in every newssource this side of the Milky Way, there’s much to read. After the jump, a highlights guide to the latest, including info on Shvarts’ much-maligned adviser.

Also, may I please call attention to the fact that, in the above image, Aliza is standing on not one but two soapboxes? Girlfriend literally needs double the platform to get her message out.

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“Ceci N’est Pas Aborted Baby Matter”

Ceci N'est Pas Aborted Baby MatterIt’s real! It’s fake! It’s real! It’s- oh, hell. In the matter of Aliza Shvarts’ reproductive organs and senior art project, who can even keep track? In a new interview with the Yale Daily News, Shvarts disputes Yale’s designation of her abortion-goo-cube and menstrual-snuff-films as “creative fiction,” and admits that even she isn’t sure what happened:

Shvarts stood by her project, calling the University’s statement “ultimately inaccurate.” …Shvarts reiterated Thursday that she repeatedly use a needleless syringe to insert semen into herself. At the end of her menstrual cycle, she took abortifacient herbs to induce bleeding, she said. She said she does not know whether or not she was ever pregnant.

“No one can say with 100-percent certainty that anything in the piece did or did not happen,” Shvarts said, “because the nature of the piece is that it did not consist of certainties.”

What is reality, anyway? What is truth? We have here the story of one mildly deranged art student who somehow took an entire 24-hour newscycle hostage. We have many questions but not a single sufficient answer. For instance: How supernaturally powerful must this girl’s uterus be, if we are to believe it withstood nine maybe-pregnancies followed by nine abortions in just as many months? Aliza Shvarts, we dub thee “Wonder Walls.”

More urgently: What poor, abused YDN staffer was forced to witness this?

This afternoon, Shvarts showed the News footage from tapes she plans to play at the exhibit. The tapes depict Shvarts – sometimes naked, sometimes clothed – alone in a shower stall bleeding into a cup.

It’s like some terrible staring contest, and I’m pretty sure someone blinked, I just don’t know if it was her or us.

Aborto-Artist Was Faking; No Fetuses Were Hurt In the Making of This Senior Project

Aborto-Artist Was Faking; No Fetuses Were Hurt In the Making of This Senior ProjectAs the frenzy surrounding Aliza Shvarts’ abortion-goo finger-painting scandal escalated, some cried “bullshit“: “Herbal” abortion? Artificial insemination? Nine straight months of crampsing and hormonal fluctuation? Personally, I figured she was just really talented; it is Yale, after all. Not so, says Yale’s Office of Public Affairs in a public announcement:

Ms. Shvarts is engaged in performance art.  Her art project includes visual representations, a press release and other narrative materials.  She stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages.  The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body.

She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art.

Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns.

Google-bombing yourself into horrific baby-killing infamy, however, raises not a single red flag. Basically, Aliza’s senior thesis was to create the biggest PR disaster possible for her alma mater. Some will say this is attention-seeking malice; I say, it’s a clever way to guarantee passing grade. At this point, Yale will probably do anything to make sure Aliza graduates on time and gets the hell off their campus and out of their hair.

Endlessly Creative Yalie Makes Art with Abortion Goo

Endlessly Creative Yalie Makes Art with Abortion GooWe saw this YDN headine:

For Senior, Abortion a Medium for Art, Political Discourse

And thought the headline editor made a humorously inappropriate mistake. But then we read this:

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

So- wait a- holy shi-

The display of Schvarts’ project will feature a large cube suspended from the ceiling of a room in the gallery of Green Hall. Schvarts will wrap hundreds of feet of plastic sheeting around this cube; lined between layers of the sheeting will be the blood from Schvarts’ self-induced miscarriages mixed with Vaseline in order to prevent the blood from drying and to extend the blood throughout the plastic sheeting.

Schvarts will then project recorded videos onto the four sides of the cube. These videos, captured on a VHS camcorder, will show her experiencing miscarriages in her bathrooom tub, she said. Similar videos will be projected onto the walls of the room.

I think I saw this, once. In a horrible, horrible nightmare.

If L’Affaire Papaya is any indicator, Shvarts should think about getting a security detail for her dorm. Drudge Report linked to the article, and you know what they say: First Drudge, then the blogosphere, then psychotic right-wing militiamen with websites hosted on Angelfire. Due to sudden influx of Drudge-related traffic, YDN’s website is periodically going down. So, until YDN stabilizes, we’re running the full article and a li’l more commentary after the jump. Oh, and in case you’re wondering:

Shvarts declined to specify the number of sperm donors she used, as well as the number of times she inseminated herself.

Well, at least she has a sense of modesty.

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