Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Between this and Ejecta, it’s a big morning for singers who are naked on their cover art. The rising narco-pop star Sky Ferreira will release her new album Night Time, My Time later this month, and she’s already shared the video for first single “You’re Not The One.” The image you see above is the unedited version of the album’s cover art, and as Pitchfork points out, it’s the first-ever album cover to be shot by Gaspar Noé, the controversy-seeking director of films like Irreversible and Enter The Void. The “instasafe crop” of the photo looks like this. Ferreira also appears topless in the latest edition of GQ Style.

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  1. For SFW readability purposes, do you think maybe you guys could on top of dropping the NSFW title in the post title also start moving the NSFW pics below the article, and then leave it up to us to scroll down (or quickly past) if we actually wanted to see the rest or get to the comments? I admittedly didn’t expect to see the bush administration in the Ejecta post right up at the top or Ms. Ferreira’s topless shower scene right off the bat.

  2. Can all these young pop singers stop showing me their boobs, please, thanks? Starting to feel kinda gross about it.

  3. Shower Time, Photo Time

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  5. It’s as if these indie pop stars are saying “No, no, no, Miley. This is how you do it.”

  6. did a new boat of Puritans hit the shores and I didn’t hear about it?

  7. Remember last October when Death Grips posted their album cover of a dick in front of a green tiled bathroom?

    Here we go again.

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  10. This does not make her look like a charismatic pop star.

  11. Avert your eyes, children!

  12. Man…people are kind of dicks about women’s bodies.

    It’s not like this is a particularly erotic photograph. Doesn’t it seem strange that a woman can’t display her naked torso without the image being decried as pornography? Doesn’t that embody the unhealthy degree to which we fetishize and claim public ownership over women’s bodies? It’s creepy and patronizing to construe a woman’s decision to present her body as intrinsically exploitative, as though clothing is the only means by which women can maintain agency over their art.

    Also, saying “she’s just desperate for attention” ignores the fact that ALL artists are desperate for attention. A desperate need to be validated by others is sort of the default prerequisite for dedicating your life to a creative pursuit. People who are “well adjusted” and satisfied by the love and respect of close friends and family aren’t typically inclined to throw themselves naked and raw to a cruel, disinterested public, to present the bloodiest, most wounded slabs of their person up for consumption.

    • I agree, actually. I think this image, is much less offensive or disgusting than the shit Miley Cyrus is whoring out. It’s still sad, because this seems like an honest portrayal and it doesn’t appear happy. But Miley’s sexual imagery these days is a complete sell tactic. And that’s much worse to me.

    • people are kind of dicks on message boards*

    • “Doesn’t that embody the unhealthy degree to which we fetishize and claim public ownership over women’s bodies? It’s creepy and patronizing to construe a woman’s decision to present her body as intrinsically exploitative, as though clothing is the only means by which women can maintain agency over their art.”

      I feel like you’re trying to marginalize a perspective that might be derived from deeper cultural and psychological roots than you give credit. Yes, in a perfect world women should be allowed to display particular parts of their bodies without them being perceived within an erotic context. In this perfect world, non-erotic nudity should not be perceived as exploitative. Perhaps in this world, using this non-erotic nudity on an album cover (regardless of how shitty this album might be) would not result in what many would generalize (and I stress the word ‘generalize’) as “slut shaming.”

      This is not the world we live in. Whether women like it or not, 9/10 times a heterosexual male sees a nude young woman, there will be at least a fleeting sexual interpretation. This isn’t so much a product of societal conditioning as much as it is an inherent reflex. This is such a problem that it’s completely taboo for a woman to be topless anywhere besides in privacy. This is such a problem that many actresses (a profession where visual interpretation is king[or queen]) elect to never appear nude, and will go to great lengths (cgi, body doubles, prosthetics) to avoid displaying their own nude bodies. Whether you understand or like it or not, young female nudity will ALWAYS be a factor in a male’s perspective. Its not fair, its not ideal, but this is how things work.

      You mention the problem of public ownership of female nudity. Are you familiar with the hundreds of celebrity nudity websites, which likely result in countless internet neck-beard masturbatory fantasies? Sexism and male dominance can be interpreted as a construct of modern societal dynamics, but the affinity that heterosexual men have towards female nudity is a real and inherent psychological factor. You can’t just pretend that female nudity is just as arbitrary a statement as anything else is, it’s simply not true.

      Now in Ms. Ferreira’s case, I must first say the context in which this information is coming out is NOT a good one for her. She was just arrested with her boyfriend with a bunch of heroin, and her responses to the incident were less than consoling; I was left convinced she is a complete moron. Although not stupid enough for me to believe she is oblivious to the societal repercussions of displaying herself in nude on the cover of her new album. What if most of the evidence (by both her and the photographer) suggest that it really is exploitative? If you want to few female nudity as arbitrary, surely a slight attempt at concealing the nipples should give the same effect (a la Bat For Lash’s The Haunted Man cover [possibly my favorite albums from last year.]) But they elect not to do that here – which is their decision – but does the artistic value eclipse the blog shit storm shes receiving? Until the album comes out that will remain to be seen.

      Now as for the photographer, Gasper Noe, this is a man who’s cinematic reputation has had him walking a tight rope between transgressive art and straight up exploitative garbage. For those who aren’t familiar with his filmography, I would put his relatively safe (and likely most popular) film Enter the Void in the transgressive bin. But I would think its fair to admit most of his films are more interested in provocation and exploitive nonsense. All these music blogs are hailing this guy as if he’s
      Stanley Kubrick or something. Before dismissing my opinions as conservative, I will say I’m a huge Von Trier fan and my favorite writer is Bret Easton Ellis (i.e. I love a lot oftransgressive art.)

      tl;dr My point isn’t that every time a woman displays herself nude that it should be dismissed and not given artistic value. My point is that as long Y chromosomes work the way they do now, female nudity needs to observed (by both men and women) with a grain of salt, and taken seriously; Its naive to believe that gender dynamics work the same way for men as they do for women.

  13. I think it’s beautiful.

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    • Self aggrandize much?

    • Also, you are the kind of blog-having shitbag that really needs a good public shaming. For those who want to read the “best thing ever written about Sky Ferreira,” here’s an excerpt:

      “Sorry Sky, but you are not the exception to the “artistic statement” rule, because yes, you have really, really nice boobs. If you were an unattractive woman with horrible titties, then this would probably be a solid artistic statement, because ugly chicks making music are ultimately more valid (Patti Smith, anyone?), ESPECIALLY if they have awful titties, but since you’re blonde, a model, and also have very nice boobs, it’s just like…well, we’ve all seen this move before, haven’t we? WE HAVE SEEN THESE BOOBS BEFORE. It just doesn’t work, but on a base level, holy shit those are some awesome titties! If Sky Ferreira wants to show us her awesome titties more, I’m all for it. I do not give a shit about feminism or any of that right now. As a base male instinct, I wanna see more Sky Ferreria boobs, okay? Okay. Now everyone can stop trying to make huge statements about it because really, it’s not Miley’s chicken ass we’re seeing, it’s Sky’s great titties, and everyone can agree that those are way better.”

      Ugh. Do you really think anyone wants to read this sexist bullshit? Thing is, it gets worse! Here, our hero dissects whether he finds Latina girls or hipster girls more attractive:

      “I found myself wondering what type of lady I found more attractive today, hipster girls or Latina girls. This was a hard decision. Latina girls are obviously curvy, sassy, plus those ACCENTS but you know…a hipster girl in a summer dress listening to Vampy Weeks (the best nickname for Vampire Weekend)…probably reads good books…I could probably have a great conversation about James Murphy’s lyrics with a hot hipster girl…hipster girls are into punk rock…plus I don’t speak any Spanish…”

      That’s pure gold, Jordan. Nicely done. You’re really outdoing yourself. Oh, and here’s another genius excerpt from some other dumbshit post:

      “(Some girl is reading this going, “Wow, he really doesn’t have any ambition, does he?” Oh, fuck yeah I do! I write great songs and shit, I just need a bass player. If you are a girl and you play bass, message me. But that also raises an interesting point…gender roles. Women make shitloads of money now. It’s okay to be a stay at home dad, but most people would kind of balk at that idea cuz of gender roles. I’m joking about being a stay at home dad, but hey, if my eventual wife has a job where she makes like, $250,000, I’m not working! I’m writing songs alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll day til I get a deal! Rock n’ roll, baby! Changin diapers and burpin babies!)”

      I’m sure you “write great songs and shit.” Good luck with that.

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        • Also, your Bush joke in the Kate Bush thing was hysterical! I’m dead serious. You got some hilarious shit on here! I don’t even care that you’re hatin on my bullshit, if it’s genuinely funny I can get behind it, and you’re really funny!

      • She does have nice titties, if I’m being completely honest about it.

    • Your blog is seriously a complete piece of shit.

      But through all the bro lingo and pathetically immature opinions on women, most of all I can’t believe a self respecting person would willingly put this writing online and actually attach their name to it. Good luck getting a real job later in life because if any prospective employer finds this you will most certainly NOT get hired.

      Also I suggest you pursue girls who can’t read because if they saw this shit it would not work out. And that applies whether she’s a “hipster” or “latina” (according to your mutually exclusive hypothesis.)

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  15. i think i’m feeling alright about it…

  16. Overintellectualize it all you want…this is attention whore-dom at its worst.

    It’s not even like she took the photo. It’s not her ‘art.’ She’s just a desperate skank in a shower.

    When the shallow kiddie pool of talent dries up and all else fails, show your tits! Woooo!

    Yeah, what a statement.

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