New York Post Reporter to Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: "You Look Fabulous! But You Should Eat More."

The latest installment of the New York Post's Cecily McMillan fashion watch.
Occupy Wall Street activist and New School graduate student Cecily McMillan was back in Manhattan criminal court Thursday morning, just weeks after her release from Rikers Island, where she served two months after being convicted of assaulting a police officer. The 25-year-old McMillan still faces another criminal charge, this one a misdemeanor, for obstruction of governmental administration. After a brief hearing, McMillan and her attorney, Martin Stolar, left the courthouse trailed by the usual press scrum, who immediately drilled down on the real story: McMillan's physical appearance.

"My editor told me to ask who you're wearing," a photographer informed McMillan, snapping away. She replied that her dress was Calvin Klein and her shoes were from Via Spiga.

"I'm still very concerned about my friends and family that I've left behind in Rikers," she told the assembled reporters. "I'm happy to be out, but I don't feel exactly free."

She explained that her advisors at the New School have urged her to write her master's thesis about her activism and her time in prison (her initial intention had been to write about civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin), adding that she doesn't feel safe in New York and doesn't go anywhere in the city alone.

"Why don't you feel safe?" asked a Daily News reporter.

McMillan looked at the woman for a long moment. "Because I was sexually assaulted and then put in jail for it," she responded. (McMillan maintains that NYPD officer Grantley Bovell grabbed her breast from behind during a 2012 protest at Zuccotti Park, causing her to involuntarily elbow him in the eye.)

"Well, you look fabulous!" Post reporter Rebecca Rosenberg said brightly. "But you should eat more."

Rosenberg's blurt may sound bizarre, but it's no aberration. Much of the tabloid coverage about McMillan has emphasized her physical appearance. A sampling (you'll have to picture in your mind's eye the many catwalk-style photos the papers ran of McMillan in the halls of the courthouse):

* "McMillan, dressed in a white dress and tan blazer, was cuffed as dozens of her supporters screamed, 'Shame! Shame! Shame!' as she was led out of the Manhattan Supreme courtroom." - New York Post, May 5.
* "Cecily McMillan, wearing a fluffy white dress and a gray blazer, was convicted after less than three hours of deliberations, following a three-weeks trial in Manhattan Supreme Court." - Daily News, May 5.
* "Cecily McMillan, 25, wearing a slim-fitting hot pink dress and pumps at her Manhattan Supreme Court sentencing, was given credit for the two weeks she's already spent in lockup and has a shot at early release for good behavior." - Daily News, May 19.
* "The 25-year-old, wearing wedge heels and a polka-dot dress, said her time on Rikers Island was "transcendent" and strengthened her activism." - Daily News, July 2.

In May, when she was incarcerated, both papers noted that she arrived for a court appearance on the misdemeanor charge disheveled and in obvious distress.

"Jail is one thing -- but forcing her to wear the same outfit to two court dates was too much to bear for this fashion-forward Occupy Wall Street cop-puncher," wrote the Post's Rosenberg.

The Daily News noted that McMillan "threw a tantrum" and "loudly wailed" as she was brought into court "with her hair tied up messily and her grey t-shirt untucked."

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An Alternative to Capitalism (since we cannot legislate morality)

Several decades ago, Margaret Thatcher claimed: "There is no alternative". She was referring to capitalism. Today, this negative attitude still persists. 

I would like to offer an alternative to capitalism for the American people to consider. Please click on the following link. It will take you to my essay titled: "Home of the Brave?" which was published in the OPEDNEWS:
  John Steinsvold 

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Pogo quotation by Walt Kelly.


If it wasn't obvious before whose interests mass media supports, it should be now. This should also be a wake-up to every right wing moron who believes there is such thing as a "liberal media", and if there is it ends when the interests of corporations, and wealthy private citizens are threatened. The only "liberalism" that corporate media seems to support is feel good liberalism on gay rights, or feminism. When it comes to real issues like jobs, and economics, they're quiet, or back to talking about Kim Kardashian. 


What does any rational person expect from the fascist slime that runs the NY Post? Understanding? Compassion? Those people are pure shit. 

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

and if she were to make millions would she give it all away or Al Gore it and "force" herself to attend parties etc but

go out on some ocassions to keep that street cred

like a female obama


 This, on a day of some pretty disturbing news reads, takes the fucking cake. 

Though I dont know why I'm upset. When you boil it all down it's just Rupert smearing someone he hates.


@sweetliberty17761776 @joe_dee which translates into giving the super rich tax breaks, destroying the social safety net, and benefits for those who most need them. Conservatism, and libertarianism(on the economic side)is a political position that is completely irrational, and self defeating for anyone who is not white, and in the upper 2%. How these bozos still command half the electorate is a testament to human stupidity, fear, and arrogance.

You need to rethink, and come up with a less simplistic outlook about the role of government. 

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@joe_dee @sweetliberty17761776

"safety net"

no, safety net really means lazy take the easy way out make laws that divide people and give people less then they really need

we all know a gov big enough to give everything is also big enough to take away everything

we all know that the gov buys votes 

we all know that people in these "safety nets" are like doliphins caught and struggling to get out

while the safey nets might make the guilt ridden feel better about themselves or give them a cause

the reality is that charities are here to take care of the 



when charities do the job

its one on one 

no vote buying and best 

people that really need help GET THE HELP

its easy to write laws then it is to really have to care about helping people


@sweetliberty17761776 @joe_dee The elderly on social security or medicare are lazy? How about those veterans? You are a horse's ass and another half-wit that got their hands on a copy of Atlas Shrugs and thinks they're John Galt. And of course you hand me the old right wing canard about welfare fraud in order to demonize the whole program.

Enough of the argument about "charities". Charities are inconsistent. 


@sweetliberty17761776 @joe_dee Where in the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of right does it state you have to earn the right to live? It clearly states you have the right to life, socialism for the wealthy needs to end, they need to pay their fair share like everyone else. The federal Reserve is unconstitutional, Citizen's United needs to be repealed, the people don't owe the wealthy their lives.

The deadbeats in this society, make millions, and don't pay living wages, we are the only first world nation, that has something called working poor.

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter


then I guess there is nothing to discuss 

so I will enjoy my life

and YOU???

you will stay miserable 

enjoy it!!!

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@magikrorrim @sweetliberty17761776 @joe_dee

are you for a flat tax ?

the dems are not

undr a flat tax there is no prejudice no 

leftist or righties can write off anything

so why are the dems against it?!!?

b/c they use the code to punish people and so they 

uneducated can post things like

the wealthy dont pay etc

the irs publishes which brackets pay what % of taxes and of course the wealthiest pay more than the poor

as do the middle class


and how many so called poor, are actually poor

in the USA we all know the game played and how the so called poor are ripping off the system as much as anyone

call them out



@sweetliberty17761776 So you're saying your political philosophy boils down to "Sucks to be you!"

Classy. I'm sure you've never benefited from any government program in any way in any of your life activities including but not limited to using the Internet, driving on any part of the Interstate Highway System, eating food, drinking water, breathing air, using appliances without being electrocuted, watching television, listening to the radio, talking on the telephone, sending or receiving physical mail, visiting any public park, living in an area with police and/or fire protection, purchasing goods and/or services with money, depositing funds in a bank, relying on the enforceability of written contracts, taking medicine, seeing a doctor, being employed, reading a newspaper, voting, or collecting unemployment insurance.

After all, if you had done any of those things, that would make you one of those filthy leeches you derive so much pleasure from by comparing their pathetic dependence to your magnificent self-made lifestyle.



@sweetliberty17761776 @magikrorrim @joe_dee 40 million Americans are below the poverty line, according to USA today Money, in order to be middle class as a family of four you need to earn $110,000 a year, we are the only so called first world nation that has working poor, tell me where in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence that states you have to earn the right to live, on the contrary it states quite clearly, you have the inalienable right to life.

So 40 million Americans are having their Right to life violated, we don't owe any business our life, that is slavery, which is also a violation of the Bill of rights, I know exactly what the laws of this nation state, do you? You have this silly notion that some how the invisible hand of the money god will fix , the inherent flaw of capitalism, that one very simple flaw, you cannot base infinite growth on finite resources period, nothing will change that.

So you uphold a totally and completely failed system based on nothing but dogma, and unrealistic philosophies all the while private banks are robbing us blind with that highly unconstitutional institution called the federal reserve, Constitution’s Article I, Section 8. It affords Congress sole power to coin (create) money and regulate the value thereof. and force us into slavery with some sort of belief in a totally failed system.

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter


now we're talking

someone steals from you and then is "so kind" to give you back in bits and pieces what they stole

and YOU think that is good

that is losersville

the ONLY purpose of the feds is to maintain a military and a courts system

that is what made America the place hard working industrious people wanted to come to

your move


@sweetliberty17761776 @magikrorrim @joe_dee Capitalism make the rich rich and the poor poorer, it is failed to the core, no matter how you think it works it don't you can't change the glaring flaw, you cannot base infinite growth on finite resources period, what part of that do you not comprehend. It is an inherently flawed system.

Considering scarcity is a total lie, on top of the glaring flaw, people in America are being deprived of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, earning less than a living wage violates not only the declaration of Independence, but the Civil Rights amendment that abolishes slavery.

Due to the latest technology capitalism is doomed to fail, or the resources will be depleted and capitalism will fail, stop living in fairy tale land.

sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter


we will not agree

live your life under your definition and be miserable 

I will live under mine and continue to enjoy the buying and selling and the decisions I get to make b/c of


enjoy your regulatory $$$ congressional business love affair

where no one goes to jail ( welll some sacrificial lambs)

and keep begging for more regulations 

take care

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