Although the magazine has come into criticism, this seem largely because of the timing in relation to Harvey Weinstein. I find the minimising of violence against women so depressing - nothing has changed. Polanski and Woody Allen are still indie darlings. Only uncool performers like Gary Glitter seem to be beyond the pale. If leftie, cool men like you, then women are just collateral damage.
he magazine acknowledged the timing of the cover, which was released as the Weinstein case was exploding, was inopportune
Er, WTF. There is no day when it is acceptable to put such a person on the front cover of a music magazine. Christ, is this what we can expect from Pistorius as well? At least with him there is a possibility that he didn't intend to kill Reeva Steenkamp (although clearly the South African courts didn't agree) but this guy knowingly beat Marie Trintignant to a pulp and waited hours to call an ambulance.
Pistorius is another good comparison - so many people feeling sorry for him. I found this so shocking as he actually battered a woman to death, yet people will still buy his music and have him posing for 'cool' magazine covers.
It makes me think all the hand wringing about Harvey Weinstein is just deflection and hypocrisy as other men can continue to have a free pass to abuse and kill women.
That is a good point, all the concern about false accusations and should the accused have anonymity because the stain of the accusation is so great, even if they are innocent. When the reality is you can get away with beating a woman to death and in a few years your career is good to go again.
Eight years, out in four, for battering your partner to death. Words fail me. Is there anyone French who can explain how this travesty of justice occurred? (For instance, is it an issue of what "murder" means - i.e. he was done for what we in the UK would legally define as manslaughter, and what the Americans call "second degree murder"? Even so, the sentence is a joke).
And to put him on a magazine cover? The entire editorial board of that magazine are misogynist arse wipes.
He did not commit the crime in France but in Lithuania. He was sentenced to 8 years by the Lithuanian courts. He was transferred to French prison and once he had done half his sentence, in accordance with French law, he was released.