Brooklyn Beckham faces backlash for gun-wielding photoshoot


Brooklyn Beckham tried to ditch his good boy image — but many think he may have crossed the line.

The 18-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham wielded a gun while posing in a sultry photoshoot for photographer Damon Baker and fans weren't happy about the privileged teen's violent shoot.

Baker posted a series of black and white images from the shoot to his own Instagram page and the third and fourth shots show Beckham with the gun.

Hi my name is Damon and I would like to comment on the recent controversy surrounding my pictures with Brooklyn Beckham. I decided to shoot Brooklyn in a black and white portrait series, in a few of the shots he is photographed with a prop gun. I feel that this creative moment was unfairly seized and exploited to fit the narrative of “Brooklyn Beckham promotes gun violence.” It is a sad but true fact of the current world we live in that guns are everywhere. They are in every other Hollywood film, they are on the streets, they are on the fields of the endless wars that our governments have launched. I come from a poor section of Birmingham, England. Where inequality and unemployment are the highest in the country. In these desperate conditions people often turn to crime, guns play a big part here. I’ve seen it first hand. I feel that it is the role of art to expose truths about the times we are living in. In these particular pictures I saw Brooklyn as a subject, a model. A blank canvas. For me he played a role the same way that a famous actor/actress would play in a gun packed action film or more preferably if they played a role in a film exposing the honest reality of gun violence. When I look at our work I don’t feel that it in any way promotes gun violence as much as it exposes the gun as a tool used to control the masses and uphold a system of oppression. That’s why I directed him to point it right at the camera. You may feel triggered, you may even walk away with a different interpretation, but that’s art. If it doesn’t move you, if it doesn’t wake you up, what’s the point? In many ways we are living in dark times, where freedoms and livelihoods are being stripped from the people pretty much at gunpoint. I don’t think it is the job of my generation to sugar coat reality.

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"Why so violent??" one user questioned.

Another Instagram commenter ranted, "Why the gun? What is your reason to use something that causes so much destruction and despair? Depicting a kid who has been brought up with such privilege, who couldn't possibly have first hand experience of the consequences that this type of 'cool' gang image can have on vulnerable children following him?"

One user was quick to point out in the comments of Baker's post that Beckham's finger was on the trigger in one of the pictures.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 02: Photographer Brooklyn Beckham is spotted in Wrangler at a book signing for his new book 'What I See' at The Grove on August 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Wrangler)
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 2: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Brooklyn Beckham visits the Young Hollywood Studio on August 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Brooklyn Beckham attends The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on June 28, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Brooklyn Beckham (C) turns and looks as and David Beckham (L) opens houses on Maggie's Farm along with Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis (R) in Pilton Village on June 23, 2017 near Glastonbury, England. Maggie's Farm is a housing development containing affordable homes using land and materials donated by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis. They will be rented to local families including those working on Worthy Farm in the months leading up to Glastonbury Festival. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Brooklyn Beckham attends the Kate Moss & Mario Sorrenti launch of the OBSESSED Calvin Klein fragrance launch at Spencer House on June 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Calvin Klein, Inc.)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Brooklyn Beckham attends the Wonderland Summer Issue dinner hosted by Madison Beer at The Ivy Soho Brasserie on June 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Brooklyn Beckham (L) and David Beckham attend the European Premiere of 'King Arthur: Legend of the Sword' at Cineworld Empire on May 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Brooklyn Beckham seen chatting to crew outside a photo shoot where Kate Moss had been seen entering earlier today on May 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 10: Brooklyn Beckham attends the European film premiere of King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword in London, England on May 10, 2017. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 16: Brooklyn Beckham attends the KALEIDOSCOPE: REFRESH presented by Cannabinoid Water on April 16, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Kaleidoscope )
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 15: Brooklyn Beckham attends The Zoe Report's ZOEasis on April 15, 2017 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for the Zoe Report)
Victoria Beckham and her son Brooklyn visit the Musee du Louvre in Paris on march 11th 2017 (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah / Nurphoto)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: EDITORIAL USE ONLY. Brooklyn Beckham attends The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/Redferns)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Brooklyn Beckham attends The Warner Music & Ciroc Brit Awards After Party on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Warner Music)
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"A gun? Really? What an idiot?" a commenter wrote.

"Not sure what you were thinking Brooklyn, but I suggest you make better decisions in the future," a fan wrote on a Instagram post of the contact sheet shared by Beckham. "Do not promote guns as art."

While many users were not into the gun photos, most Beckham fans thought Baker's images were done beautifully. Many commenters were quick to point out their favorite snaps — preferably without the pistol.

Beckham — who recently put out his first book of photographs, 'what i see' — even swapped roles and took some photos of Baker.

Just last week, the Beckhams were in New York to settle Brooklyn into the city for his first year of college at Parsons School of Design.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Romeo Beckham, Harper Beckham and David Beckham attend the Burberry 'London in Los Angeles' event at Griffith Observatory on April 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Burberry)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: David Beckham and Harper Beckham are seen in Soho on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Victoria Beckham, David Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham get lunch at Balthazar in Soho on September 13, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16: (L-R) Cruz Beckham, Romeo Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the Burberry 'London in Los Angeles' event at Griffith Observatory on April 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Burberry)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Cruz Beckham (L) and David Beckham attend Game Six of the Western Conference Final during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: David Beckham and Harper Beckham are seen in Soho on February 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) David Beckham, Romeo Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham, Cruz Beckham and Victoria Beckham attend the world premiere of 'The Class of 92' at the Odeon West End on December 1, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Brooklyn Beckham (L) and Victoria Beckham arrive at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge's Hotel on November 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: David Beckham and daughter Harper are seen in Soho on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: Harper Beckham (L) and David Beckham attend an NHL playoff game between the San Jose Sharks and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 04: Victoria Beckham and her daughter Harper Seven are seen arriving at the 'BONTON' store on May 4, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Hubble/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 21: Victoria Beckham and her son Romeo James are seen leaving the 'NIKE' store on the Champs-Elysees Avenue on April 21, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 21: (L-R) David Beckham and Harper Beckham attend a hockey game between the Calgary Flames and the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on October 21, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Brooklyn Beckham (L) and Victoria Beckham attend the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge's Hotel on November 5, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: David Beckham and Harper Beckham are seen in Soho on February 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: David Beckham and Harper Beckham are seen on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: David Beckham and Harper Beckham are seen in Vesuvio Playground in Soho on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: David Beckham and Harper Beckham are seen on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: David Beckham (R) and daughter Harper Beckham attend a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: David Beckham and daughter Harper Beckham are seen in SoHo on February 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
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