At the time of this post, the New York Magazine website is down. They’ve tweeted that they’re experiencing technical difficulties and are trying to fix the problem. Maybe the problem is volume. Last night the magazine published its new cover story featuring 35 of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims, photographed face forward, and an empty chair, meant to symbolise women who’ve yet to come forward. It’s a powerful visual. These are victims who refuse now to exist in shadow.
The magazine spent 6 months investigating the claims. All 35 women were interviewed separately, their stories all told. And their stories are remarkably similar. In addition to their accounts, journalist’s Noreen Malone writes about society’s changing attitude – and subsequent understanding – about rape, and how the internet has helped women find their voice:
"In the '60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape."
Keep clicking here to read the NY Mag feature. As I mentioned, the site is currently down. But that shouldn’t stop you from going back as often as possible until you can hear for yourself from the women that Bill Cosby tried to silence.
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This must be the most famous voicemail of all time, right? It’s so quotable. “Rude, thoughtless little pig” is instantly recognizable, it’s the “Show me the money” of voicemails. But it is nice to see Ireland finding the humour in it – it’s never the things that we think will f-ck kids up that actually f-ck them up, you know? And maybe, as an adult, she sees that whoever released it was playing a demented game of emotional chicken. Full Story
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Based on the notorious 1971 study in which a group of Stanford students pretending to be prisoners and prison guards descended into psychological abuse and brutality after barely a day, The Stanford Prison Experiment is an impressive but maybe too literal reconstruction of those events. Dr. Philip Zimbardo randomly divided twenty-four students into prisoners and guards, then left the guards in charge, with the guards, working in shifts of three, running herd on nine prisoners. Full Story
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I posted earlier about Mimi’s party in Vegas on Saturday. It was held at 1OAK. Over at 1OAK in the Hamptons, on the same night, JLO was celebrating her 46th birthday. And showing you what 46 looks like on her. Which is… That f-cking body. I mean, it’s what she wants us to be looking at it, isn’t it? For me though, as much as the focus is on the prime parts of her body, I like the illusion of the cap sleeve that’s been created here. Full Story
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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton took the heat off Ben Affleck last week. Now that Miranda and Blake are trying to make it all go away by tweeting at each other like everything’s all good, let’s check back in with Ben and Jen. This weekend they were in Atlanta, wearing their wedding rings, and spending time with the kids at the same time. Full Story
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Taylor Swift played Boston this weekend. And during Bad Blood, a shark showed up over her left shoulder. As you know, Bad Blood is widely believed to be about Katy Perry. Full Story
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Mimi hosted a party in Vegas this weekend. As you know, so far it’s been a great summer for our most beloved. There’s a new man in her life. And he’s a billionaire. James Packer. He was at one of her shows last week. During one of the songs, she spoke to him directly from the stage, thanking him for giving her “a new heart”. Full Story
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The cover of the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter features the cast of Straight Outta Compton, with Dr Dre and Ice Cube, in advance of the movie release on August 14. Look at this shot of the three young actors (Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr, and Jason Mitchell) playing Dre, Cube, and Eazy-E. That Eazy-E smirk!
The article is a great read – about how long it took to put the film together, about the Suge Knight situation, about how people didn’t think this story would play overseas, and about how F-ck The Police will play in America, now. Again and now.
Donna Langley, head of Universal, also revealed that to promote Straight Outta Compton, they’re working on an NWA reunion tour in Europe, bringing in Eminem, although Dre has since denied Read Full Intro