CNN Slut Shames Bill Cosby’s Rape Victim: ‘He Offers You A Pill And You Still Trust Him?’ (VIDEO)

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield lands that blockbuster interview with Janice Dickinson, Bill Cosby’s most famous rape victim, and what does she do? Not satisfied with getting a full account of what happened that night — with all those juicy, tabloid-worthy, viewer-boosting details — Whitfield cruelly slut-shames a tearful Dickinson on national television.

Before anyone even says a word, CNN’s curious choice of art work for the set’s backdrop clues viewers in for how this interview’s about to go down. Sultry, pouting, art-deco temptresses à la Patrick Nagel (Duran Duran’s Rio album cover, 1982) for an interview with Cosby’s rape victim? Really? What in Sam Hill were these people thinking?

CNN's background art sets the stage for Dickinson's epic slut shaming by Whitfeld.

Sultry, art deco temptresses as a backdrop for Whitfield’s interview with Dickinson — Bill Cosby’s rape victim? What were the people at CNN thinking? Image: Composite with video screen grabs from CNN.

Sure enough, Whitfield opens with a variation of that tired, old trope, “Well, if it really was rape, why didn’t you say anything until now?”

“What has held you back all these years from telling this story in detail until now?”

Like most rape victims, Dickinson felt ashamed. And although she doesn’t say it, she probably also didn’t think anyone would believe her.

“I remember feeling humiliated, disgusted, I had revulsion towards towards Cosby. Cosby was a very powerful man, and probably still is. You know, I trusted this man. I stuffed it, I compartmentalized it, because I was embarrassed.”

Whitfield goes on to ask how Dickinson wound up being alone with Cosby:

“And at what point did you find yourself alone with Mr. Cosby? You trusted him, but then things went in a different direction.”

Things went in a different direction?!?! No. Cosby raped her. But why bother expecting the falsely balanced, uncontroversial folks at CNN to challenge rape culture? You’ll only wind up disappointed.

Dickinson explains that the other person left the dinner table and she mentioned to Cosby that she was having bad stomach cramps.

“Mr. Gardner, Stu Gardner [a musician and associate of Cosby’s who went on to write the theme song for The Cosby Show]  left the dinner table, I was alone with him, and I had menstrual cramps … you know … stomach cramps. He said, ‘Oh, I’ve got something for that,’ and he gave me a pill.”

A pill? Whitfield demands, “Did you ask what it was?”

Right, because Dickinson was supposed to somehow magically know that Cosby has a habit of drugging women and then raping them, all the way back in 1982.

“I don’t remember. I don’t remember that. But, he’s giving me a pill. I trust the guy.”

Dickinson next explains that although she had a successful career as one of the first supermodels, she also had acting ambitions and Cosby had led her to believe that he would help her. And of course, good old CNN trots a couple slutty model money shots to make it look like Dickinson was “asking for it.”

CNN trots out all the slutty model shots to make it look like Dickinson was "asking for it."

CNN trots out the slutty model shots to make it look like Dickinson was “asking for it.” Photo: Video screen grab/CNN with original photo by Don Lemon/Getty.

A disgusted Whitfield sneers, “Why did you feel like you trusted him?” Dickinson explains that Cosby — like many abusive sociopaths — came across as charming and trustworthy. Plus, he had immense clout in the entertainment industry.

“Because of his demeanor, and the promise of a career, and […] I wanted a television career. I had a successful career for commercials, I wanted to take it to the next level.”

The appalled expression on Whitfield’s face shows she clearly thinks Dickinson was a total idiot for trusting Cosby — even though nearly our entire nation trusted him at the time as a beloved comedian and father figure (although The Cosby Show didn’t air for another two years, Gen-X grew up with him as the affable Jello Pudding spokesman and narrator for Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids).

Whitfield grills Dickinson over Cosby rape on CNN.

Look at Whitfield’s expression of sneering disgust as she grills Dickinson: “but now he offers you a pill, and you still trust him?” Photo: Video screen grab/CNN.

Oh — but since Dickinson was in rehab — saying “no” to the glass of wine wasn’t good enough, she should have said “no” to the pill, too. Whitfield goes in for the jugular:

“And at the same time, you’re telling me you’re in rehab, you’re still very fragile, he offered you wine, that was a no-no in your view, but now he offers you a pill, and you still trust him?”

And here, a tearful Dickinson spills the details from what she remembers from the night Cosby raped her:

“It was red wine, it was a pill, and when I started to black out, I had a Polaroid camera on me. That’s when I took several photographs with the polaroid — I had one of the first Polaroid cameras — and I just remembered shooting these pictures and having them on me, in my room…”

Dickinson also remembers how horrible she felt when she woke up the next morning:

“…and the next morning, when I woke up, last thing I remembered, I had blacked out, and Cosby mounting me, like the monster that he was, and I was thinking, ‘What the fff … heck?’ and passing out.”

Although Dickinson is best known for her modelling, she is also an avid professional photographer and the Polaroid camera she mentions– which printed out photos instantly back when we still had to send photos to the lab — was the coveted “it” gadget of the day. A photo she snapped of Cosby — in a hideously ugly patchwork bathrobe that presages Dr. Huxtable’s dreadful sweaters — doesn’t serve as evidence, but it certainly is striking.

Dickinson's polaroid snapshot of Bill Cosby in his bathrobe.

Photo: Janice Dickinson via Video screen grab/CNN.

Whitfield ends the interview by asking what the heck Dickinson wants from Cosby anyway.

“What do you want from Bill Cosby right now. What do you need to hear from him, what does he need to do?”

Well, um, gee… since Cosby risks no penalties or jail time due to the statutes of limitations, maybe he could apologize to all his victims and promise to see a shrink and never rape anyone again. And then we’ll all win the lottery and have world peace and sparkly unicorns.

Unicorn poop.

What we think of the possibility of Bill Cosby apologizing or mainstream media ever taking a stand against rape culture. Photo: The Instructables.

Dickinson sharply exhales, then angrily spits out:

“I would like Cosby to come out and at least acknowledge that he is a pig, that he is a monster, and he raped me.”

Because, yes, rape does hurt and damage the victim, even after all these years.

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H/T Gawker | Featured image: Composite with video screen grabs from CNN.