NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell may have reportedly gone into hiding, but there is nowhere to hide from the angry backlash against the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse scandal. Now, with law enforcement sources essentially saying Goodell lied about the fact that he did not have the opportunity to view the video of Rice knocking his fiancee out in the Atlantic City elevator until recently, the calls for his resignation or firing are becoming louder.
Part of the pressure comes from UltraViolet, a women’s advocacy group that flew banners that say #GoodellMustGo over some stadiums during Sunday’s games.
An image posted Twitter under the #GoodellMustGo hashtag made the point with devastating clarity. It is a photoshopped version of a one of Covergirl's GameFace ads, a beautifully made-up woman with a black eye that no amount of make-up can cover. Covergirl is the official beauty sponsor of the NFL, which now brings up the unfortunate irony that make-up is often used to cover up the injuries and bruises domestic abuse victims suffer.
The clever image was originated by journalist and feminist Adelle Stan, (formerly of AlterNet), and it has since been further photoshopped and gone viral. While some have seen the image as offensive, most of the reaction has suggested that it is precisely the kind of shocking image needed to make the point about the ugliness of domestic violence, Goodell's duplicity and the fact that Covergirl should suspend its NFL campaign.
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