“We Got It Wrong:” Glamour Says Giving Central Park 5 Prosecutor Woman of The Year Award Was A Mistake
Yesterday, we told you that Linda Fairstein‘s chickens were finally coming home to roost for the role that she played in the unjust prosecution of Central Park Five. Well, the plot continues to thicken. Since the premiere of “When They See Us,” #CancelLindaFairstein has become a trending topic across social media platforms as activists place pressure on companies and organizations such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble to cut ties with 72-year-old.
Thankfully, it appears that the concerted efforts of outraged viewers and activists are working. Not only has Farenstein deleted all of her social media accounts, she has been forced to resign from positions held at multiple nonprofit organizations — including Safe Horizon.
“After careful consideration, Linda Fairstein has made the difficult decision to resign from the Safe Horizon Board of Directors. We thank her for her decades of pioneering work on behalf of victims of sexual assault and abuse. For more than 40 years, Safe Horizon’s top priority has been empowering victims and survivors,” the nonprofit told TMZ in a statement.
Fairstein has also stepped down from the board of trustees at Vassar College in New York. And now, Glamour Magazine is expressing immense regret over their decision to present the former district attorney with their Woman of the Year award back in ’93.
“We’ve heard from some of you in recent days as we, and the world, have been remembering the injustice of the prosecution of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise,” Glamour’s Editor in Chief, Samantha Barry, said in a statement. “Many of you have contacted us on social media to ask about the Glamour Woman of the Year award that the prosecutor in the case, Linda Fairstein, received a quarter century ago. Unequivocally, Glamour would not bestow this honor on her today. She received the award in 1993, before the full injustices in this case were brought to light. Though the convictions were later vacated and the men received a settlement from the City of New York, the damage caused is immeasurable.”
“Glamour’s Women of the Year awards should reflect our culture, the values of our brand, and our audience,” Barry went on. “We remain committed to being thoughtful and purposeful about whom we choose to celebrate, and in this case, the lens of history has shown us that we got it wrong.”
Ironically, Linda is now playing the victim, calling the #CancelLindaFairstein movement a “mob-mentality reaction.” Considering that she was the ring leader in the mob-styled prosecution of those five young men, we’d say karma is definitely doing her job.