Last night, New York Magazine released this groundbreaking cover, photographs and firsthand accounts from their story about the women who were drugged and assaulted by Bill Cosby. So far, 46 women have come forward and 35 of them posed for and gave their story to the magazine. The empty chair, which made me think of Clint Eastwood (Damn you, Clint!), symbolizes the women who didn’t want to be photographed and the ones who have yet to come forward.
The women, including Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, range in age from 44 to 80. New York Magazine spent 6 months researching and interviewing as many of Cosby’s alleged victims as possible. New York’s Noreen Malone wrote an essay for the cover and here’s a piece of it via Jezebel:
The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study—both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. […] The first assumption was that women who accused famous men were after money or attention. As Cosby allegedly told some of his victims: No one would believe you. So why speak up?
New York has also been Instagramming portraits and audio clips from each interview.
If the section marked “Bill Cosby’s Defenders” still has people in it after reading this cover story and the gross shit he said in his leaked deposition, there’s no hope for them. Bill Cosby himself could say, “I dippity dop dop did it,” and they would still cover their ears while screaming, “Not TV’s beloved father!”
New York Magazine was hacked this morning, so you can’t access the story right now. No, you don’t have to check to see if Phylicia Rashad has been taking hacking classes at The Learning Annex. Apparently, the hacking had nothing to do with the Cosby story. The alleged hacker told The Daily Dot that he hacked New York Magazine’s website, because the magazine is named after the city where he had a shitty vacation. He claims he hasn’t even seen the cover. I guess “hacking a website that is named after the thing you hate” is the new “leaving a bad Yelp review.“