Here is an interesting story: The New York Times points out today that the January 2015 issue of Vanity Fair contains a reference to a sex tape depicting New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. Let’s look. First, check out the cover:
As you can see on the left-most billiard ball, the text reads:
(The ball’s caption reads: “OFTEN THE TEST of COURAGE is NOT TO DIE but TO LIVE. — VITTORIO ALFIERI.”)
Some context: Anyone who’s spent a goddamn second in the vicinity of a New York City political reporter has heard a rumor or twenty about the famously liberal de Blasios. And, well, a sex tape would hardly be the most salacious rumor ever told about the mayor’s marriage.
So: Did Vanity Fair scuttle a story about a Bill de Blasio sex tape? (Remember their infamous—and never published—profile of Gwenyth Paltrow’s GOOP?) Perhaps former Spy editor Graydon Carter was just messing around?
Via the Times:
Contacted on Tuesday, a representative for Vanity Fair said in an email, “That’s what you get for letting Kim Kardashian guest edit the cover lines.” The spokeswoman, Beth Kseniak, declined further comment.
A spokeswoman for Mr. de Blasio’s office, Rebecca Katz, emailed a statement from his wife, Chirlane McCray, offering an alternate reading: “Bill de Blasio Spandex Cape?” she wrote. “Great idea for Halloween next year!”