Cecily McMillan, the 25-year-old Occupy Wall Street activist who was jailed for elbowing a police officer during a protest, returned to court on Thursday, where a cadre of hard-hitting journalists greeted her with questions about her courtroom attire.
“My editor told me to ask who you’re wearing,” a photographer was spotted eagerly asking McMillan, according to The Village Voice.
McMillan, who was earlier this month released from Rikers Island — one of the country’s most notoriously violent jails — explained that although she was free, she no longer felt safe in New York “because I was sexually assaulted and then put in jail for it," according to the Voice. McMillan has alleged from the start that the officer involved in her assault case forcibly grabbed her breast from behind during the protest; after elbowing him, she was promptly arrested and put in jail.
Upon hearing her explanation Thursday, a Post reporter responded, “Well, you look fabulous! But you should eat more.”
The interactions resulted in a blatantly sexist portrayal of McMillan sprinkled with mocking details about her fashion choices — all of which fail to mention that she was asked such questions by the press.
The Daily News went straight to the sartorial details with the headline, “Occupy Wall Street protester wears Calvin Klein to court.”
The Post’s own coverage included a previously dated photo of an emotional McMillan with the caption, “McMillan cries in court in May after being given an outfit she had already worn." The paper led with the headline "Rikers Island: The new way to lose weight.”
McMillan has been using her newfound freedom to speak out against the treatment of inmates at Rikers — a cause that is essentially being buried for more important notes on her outfit choices. Well done, New York media!
jesus fucking christ
“You are the most beautiful girl in the world”
"You’re just saying that"
"No! I’m madly in love with you and it’s not because of your brains or your personality"
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
"You make me feel less cynical."
HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE: Stuck in Love
"My biggest mistake was thinking you could fix me. Only I can fix me.”
Jenesis Fonseca - “The Way to a Woman’s Heart” (CUPSI 2014)
"They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. There is no proverb about the way to a woman’s heart. The way into her is more important."
Performing for Princeton during semifinals at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
Patrick Roche - “21” (CUPSI 2014)
"I come up with a theory that my father started drinking again because maybe he found out that I’m gay. Like if he could make everything else blurry maybe somehow I’d look straight."
Performing at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational.
I want to start a taxi service specifically for people to call for super drunk people to take and every single driver will look like Jesus and when they get in the cab and think they died or something and freak out. It’ll be called “Jesus Took the Wheel”
Good idea! LA has one so many of those services… Also, I don’t think if I would wanted to go on it if that’s the name.
this is great because i bet that’s what they felt like. Like everything else in the world had stopped and it was just the two of them. So freaking cute i’m sad
I’m gonna fucking cry
I can’t wait for this to be me
Honestly, this is better than a good morning text. It’s 4am and you’re thinking about me.
^ I couldn’t agree more!