Fashion or offensive? - What does an oil-drenched supermodel blowing black feathers out of her mouth mean? Controversy, baby.
Vogue has apparently attempted to interpret the BP oil spill. A spread called "Water & Oil" in Vogue Italia has hit the stands and struck a chord. Some call it insulting, others¬†deem it high art. A video shows famous photographer Steven Meisel¬†capturing¬†a gunk-covered Kristen McMenamy lying like a dead bird on black rocks. Newsweek doubts the tastefulness of the spread.¬† Forbes¬†reminds¬†of Vogue's previous¬†stabs at political art. Miami New Times says Vogue¬†is out of line, while¬†The Huffington Post¬†writes that the pics are beautiful.
Which Jodie, again? - No, this isn't about actress Jodie Foster. Stop making that mistake. We're going to tell you about actress Jodie Fisher, the woman whose sexual harassment claim led to HP CEO Mark Hurd's downfall last week. Fisher¬†had¬†been¬†employed as a contractor for HP working on customer and executive events. She and Hurd, who is married,¬†both say they didn't have sex. The company maintains that Hurd, a major figure in corporate America, did not¬†violate its sexual harassment policy, but that he¬†violated its standards of conduct policy.¬†HP says Hurd¬†filed inaccurate expense account reports to keep his relationship with Fisher secret. Hurd¬†probably won't starve. He walked away with $12 million in severance. Fisher, on the other hand, is having her acting chops examined on Jezebel.com.
Moscow smog - The pictures say it all: It's hell to be in Moscow, which is choked¬†with smog, toxic gases and smoke¬†from wildfires.¬†The¬†mortality rate in Russia's capital has doubled, according to the¬†head of the city's health department.¬†Out of 1,500 slots in city morgues, 1,300¬†are occupied, the official said. A CNN iReporter who fashioned a face mask out of a dish towel and coat hanger¬†takes viewers on a tour through¬†the city. He got crafty out of desperation; there's been a run on conventional face masks.