On Wednesday I wrote that Brown junior Scout Willis had tweeted about dry-cleaning crusty bed sheets, having anonymous sex, and consuming a pharmacy’s worth of drugs. For four months. At 5:30 PM the following day, Bruce Willis’s powerflack, Samantha Mast, blanketed entertainment outlets with this press release, which most of them published verbatim:
Below please find a statement in response to your earlier inquiry about the Bougpunk Twitter account.
In connection with a class assignment, in which students were asked to create a “culture jam” or “hoax”, three students created a satirical and fabricated Twitter account in which everything tweeted was fictional. This was done to illustrate how social media is utilized and that in today’s social media culture, you can create a significant twitter following based entirely on fabricated lies, and that the more outrageous and controversial the fabricated statement, the more followers you will get. Current media interest in the fabricated twitter school assignment appears to prove that point.
The majority of said outlets quoted Willis’s most innocuous tweets—the one in which she smokes cigarettes and takes Adderall, the one about capitalism—while ignoring the most newsworthy one, in which she (i.e., Scout—not one of her nameless classmates) claims to have posed topless for Jezebel villain Terry Richardson after declining his offer to finger her. She even attached a blurry photo of her with Richardson as lurid evidence of their encounter.
The omission of Richardson’s name is significant because Richardson doesn’t care much about tending his public image. That means Scout’s father, Bruce Willis, wanted Richardson’s name removed from the news about his daughter—even though Scout’s tweet about him was the most interesting aspect of her secret Twitter account. The aforementioned damage control disappeared Richardson down some Hollywood memory hole. It was as if Scout never mentioned him! But Scout did mention Richardson; they met somewhere; and Scout bragged about meeting him on Twitter.
Terry Richardson is currently MIA. And so today, in New York, I went looking for him. Read the rest of this entry »