Meet Liskula Cohen, the former Vogue model who is suing Google over a blog post that describes her as a ’skank’ and ‘ho’. Photos and story here.
At the heart of the matter is a vicious blog post left anonymously on a website called ‘Skanks in NYC’ which purports to name the skankiest celebrities in the city. She was named the city’s #1 skank on the site, a report which Google dutifully includes in its search results.
To educate our readers, our faithful companion the Urban Dictionary defines ’skank’ as a “derogatory term for a (usually younger) female, implying trashiness or tackiness, lower-class status, poor hygiene, flakiness, and a scrawny, pockmarked sort of ugliness. May also imply promiscuity, but not necessarily. Can apply to any race, but most commonly used to describe white trash.”
As an aside, the website has precisely 5 posts in its history, which includes this image and these too purporting to be the model. How ‘Skanks in NYC’ got so much attention as a throwaway Blogspot blog will be the stuff of internet fable.
It is also the stuff of lawsuits. Although one is free to publish what they want on a blog, publishers also accept the consequences of their publishing decisions. My guess is the publisher of the website will be hurting soon.
Suing Google for defamation would be a different matter, however. They are merely an indexing site, like the old Readers Guide to Periodical Literature which high school students dutifully used for term papers in the days before the internet. Holding Google accountable for content would be like suing the Readers Guide for indexing articles published by others.
She says that Google is included in the lawsuit so that they will reveal the name of the website owner so she can pursue legal action against them. In this respect she may have a point because Google is the parent company behind Blogspot web hosting and is the keeper of the information. Google has many more business interests than most of us are aware. Whether or not Google will be required to reveal their customer is an interesting legal question.
Liskula Cohen is a former fashion model whose face was disfigured in 2008 by a bottle-wielding hotel doorman. This violent event has reportedly ended her modeling career, which makes the name calling on this website doubly offensive. One cannot help but be sympathetic with the model and angry at the Skanks in NYC website.
She is also gorgeous. More complimentary pics can be found here. Her modeling assets: 5′10″ tall with measurements 34-25-35, blonde hair and blue eyes.