I’ve always loved Fantasy. The maps, particularly drew me in. I loved learning the geography of a new world, the customs of it’s people, how everything worked–it’s always fascinated me. Whether or not there’s magic in the world I’m reading about, the creation of an entirely new world has always been magical to me.
Everything we need to know about Yu Tsai having a permanent role on this show can be expressed in the models’ reactions:
I mean, even the way he informs the models is as if he’s delivering bad news. Normally, the models clap and cheer when they hear they get to work with literally any no-name and they’re just like, “Really? You don’t have Johnny Wujek hiding back there somewhere? Can you check again?”
As far as creative directing goes, Yu is a poor man’s Wujek. He’s a poor man’s Jay Manuel, too. Worst of all, his personality is a poor man’s Bryanboy… and nobody wants that. Yu doesn’t have to be likable, necessarily, but he should at least be entertaining rather than irritating. Why the hell didn't Franco Lacosta get offered this full-time job? Ridiculous!
It’s early, so I’ll give Yu more of a chance, but initial indications are not looking promising. Don’t call Chantelle an X-Man just because she has a skin condition. Reminding Ivy that she’s not sexy and Romeo that he has no muscles mid-shoot doesn’t seem like effective feedback either.
If coaching Adam to do weird workout poses is what Yu considers fashion, we’re in for some shitty photos this year. Then again, it may be better than the zero poses Adam was prepared to offer himself:
I actually started to detest Yu when he calls Josh “a unibrow and beard.” He’s literally just mocking the farmer/aspiring model when he asks, “Do you need a cow here to start milking it?” Josh responds that he does not need a cow, but Yu is so proud of his joke that he proceeds to repeat it anyway by shouting it to the entire set. “WE NEED A COW SO HE CAN MILK IT SO HE CAN FEEL NATURAL IN HIS HABITAT.” Ugh. Look who’s having a cow now, Yu. At least a bovine could offer Josh more constructive criticism.
Still, even that moment doesn’t top Yu’s instant resentment toward “Matt.” After Matthew pretty sheepishly states his name preference, Yu gets really indignant as if he should know Matthew’s name better than Matthew does. Later, he has the gall to exaggerate the situation, portraying it to the judges like Matthew had been an aggressive diva. Clearly, the editors are not fans of Yu either. They could have cut that to make it look like it was Matthew being unreasonable, but instead they replayed the moment again after Yu distorted the truth to be like, “Shut your fucking face, Yu!”
Yu really doesn’t take being corrected well and insists that it’s an issue of “respect.” However, Yu has no right to bring up respect when he tells Matthew:
For the record, Tyra doesn’t bother to correct anyone, she just quietly has that person killed. And with any luck, Yu will say Tyra’s name incorrectly before the cycle is finished; we need both Jays back.
The mossy walls and gloomy turrets of this imposing fortress loom over Philadelphia’s skyline. This former prison, now empty and in ruin, is a grim reminder of days gone by. Although some cells have been restored and are open for tours, most of this Gothic wonder sits empty as it slowly falls to pieces.
Built in 1829 by architect John Haviland in Gothic revival style, ESP was America’s first solitary system prison, a confinement system soon adopted at 300 prisons worldwide. The floor plan of ESP is radial, with 15 cell blocks, most of which are 2 stories. The system that the prison originally ran on relied on keeping each prisoner isolated as a form of rehabilitation. Individual cells were enclosed by heavy metal and wooden doors that blocked noise. Each cell had a separate garden with high walls, and no neighboring prisoners were in the yard at the same time. Each cell had one small window where sunlight shown down, representing the Eye of God. The corridors in the prison were built to resemble a church to remind prisoners that God was watching. Despite the solitary atmosphere, the prison was relatively advanced, and each cell had running water and heat. Still, the original 250-cell prison became overcrowded quickly, and inmates were subjected to dark, filthy, unventilated living conditions before massive reforms took place in the 20th century. Prisoners were led out of their cells with a bag over their head, so no other inmate could recognize them, and guards could view each individual cell through secret peepholes. However, prisoners still found ways to communicate through the pipes of the sewers that ran between the cells, and the system had to be redesigned several times.
In 1913, the prison ended the solitary housing system due to overcrowding. Solitary confinement was still used as a punishment, however, most often in the form of the Hole. The Hole was a cell block dug under cell block 14, where prisoners sat in complete darkness with no human contact and little food for up to 2 weeks. This was only one of the many methods of torture utilized at ESP. Prisoners were often dunked with ice water in the cold winter months and hung on an outdoor wall until ice formed on the skin, or strapped tightly to chairs with no food for multiple days until their lack of blood circulation and malnutrition led to insanity. The worst of these punishments was the iron gag, which attached a prisoner’s tongue to his wrists, and any movement would cause the tongue to tear.
Cell block 15 was where the worst prisoners were kept, and guards were restricted from going there. It was known as “Death Row,” but any prisoners set for execution were shipped somewhere besides the prison to be executed. Still, plenty of deaths did occur at the prison in the forms of murders and suicides.
The prison closed in 1970, and by 1994 ESP had been partially restored and opened for public tours.
Al “Scarface” Capone-The infamous mob boss spent 8 months at ESP in 1929-1930 for carrying a concealed weapon. He was given a luxurious cell with oriental rugs, a radio, and furniture.
“Slick” Willie Sutton-This bank robber spent 11 years at ESP. Sutton is famous for his 3 prison escapes, one of which took place at ESP on April 3, 1945. Sutton and 11 other prisoners dug a secret tunnel under the cell blocks and escaped. Sutton was recaptured only minutes after making it outside.
Pep “The Cat-Murdering Dog”- Prisoner # C2559 was ESP’s only canine inmate. He was sentenced to life after killing former PA Governor Gifford Pinchot’s wife’s beloved cat. His stay brought morale and companionship to the other inmates.
Clarence Alexander Rae-Incarcerated at ESP in 1916 for kidnapping a young boy, Rae became somewhat famous after publishing a book of poems he wrote while behind bars. They are said to be one of the earliest first-hand accounts of prison life, and the poems are considered an exemplary example of the uniquely American genre of the “prison/captivity narrative.” It is highly recommended that you read his book: “A Tale of a Walled Town.” Rae was eventually incarcerated again, somewhat ironically, for stealing books.
Terror Behind the Walls-This annual attraction consists of mostly low-gore walk-throughs of different haunted houses. It is somewhat based on the fact that ESP is known to be haunted.
Bastille Day-ESP runs its owns version of this French national holiday. It includes a somewhat comedic reenactment of the Storming of the Bastille on July 14. It involves Marie Antoinette and others throwing Tastykakes at the Parisian militia from the towers while shouting “Let them eat Tastykake!” Tastykakes are manufactured in Philadelphia.
Although those who run the prison now like to downplay the hauntings, ESP is visited by dozens of paranormal teams every year, and the prison is considered one of the most haunted places in America.
One of the witnesses to the paranormal activity was Al Capone himself. He claimed to have often been harassed by the spirit of James Clark, a victim of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Vast amounts of paranormal activity have been reported at ESP. The apparition of a guard is seen; at least two guards were murdered at ESP while it was still in operation. People report feeling uneasy and overwhelmed by tragic thoughts. Anguished faces are seen and shadow figures run across the walls. Disembodied whispering and weeping is the most frequently reported activity. Almost every paranormal investigation at ESP has yielded evidence.
Perhaps it the spirits of the hundreds of thousands of prisoners who were physically and psychologically tortured behind the dark walls of Eastern State Penitentiary.