Burn Baby, Burn: Francesca Eastwood Burns a Birkin for the Camera

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Pictured: The burning Birkin Bag, photo credit Tyler Shields via TMZ

It’s getting so hard to promote reality TV shows these days.  Apparently, it’s not enough to be related to Clint Eastwood, you got to pull out all  the stops.  TMZ is showing off photos Clint’s beautiful daughter Francesca burning a 100K Birkin Bag for a photo shoot. I had seen previews of the show where Mrs. Eastwood aka Dina Ruiz was outraged over Tyler Shields putting her step-daughter in danger for a photo shoot where fire was involved, but now we now that what was burning was one of the worlds most coveted and expensive handbags. Shame that they didn’t auction this for charity instead of burning if for headlines.  Shame that Francesca put herself into a literal ring of fire for publicity. But hey, life is tough when you have to keep up with the Kardashians for reality TV ratings. Staging a wedding for TV has already been done, so it’s time for a new trick.

I hope Clint stops appearing on this shite of  a show.  I was in the audience at Cannes when he premiered his film Mystic River a few years ago.  I sat several rows behind him and his family.  I can’t believe with a talented director and auteur like Clint available that this is the best this clan can do.  I’m wondering how long Mrs. Eastwood & Co. is going to run.  It’s light on substance to say the least. Where’s the House of Hermes when you need them? I know several women who would weep bitter tears over the burning of a Birkin bag. To some in Beverly Hills and Carmel a Birkin burning would merit a 911 call.


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  1. Target Addict

    May 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I can't believe Clint is appearing on this show at all. It's well known that he values his privacy. I've seen him several times over the years at one of his favorite “haunts” in Carmel, and believe me, he likes to be left alone. If someone approaches him for an autograph, he's gracious about it, but usually the proprietor of the place makes it known to everyone to leave him alone.

  2. Anonymous

    June 3, 2012 at 12:30 am

    i honestly dont think she was in any danger. she was doing it for the person she loves, tyler shields. theres no reason to get mad over something like this because there's nothing you'll ever be able to do about it. its not like you can change back time and some how change her mind. what is done, is done.