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Playboy Playmate of the Year 2015, Dani Mathers, is Going to Court

The Playboy model will go to court on May 26th for body shaming incident.

You might remember the incident a few months ago when Playboy Playmate of the Year 2015, Dani Mathers, filmed a 70-year old woman changing clothes in a Los Angeles gym. She posted it on Snapchat and wrote the caption, “If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either.” In the image was Dani herself pretending to be shocked by the woman undressing.

Immediately, there was public outcry and outrage at this post. After all, although social media is an everyday part of our lives, there are some places where you simply don’t take pictures to post publicly. A locker room is one of them. This 70-year old unnamed woman was photographed totally nude while she was undressing without her knowing. Taking a nude photograph of yourself with your consent is one thing. Having it done in a public place without your knowledge is a completely different situation all together. This 70-year old woman was probably going to the gym to better herself and her invasion of privacy and level of shame and embarrassment this caused is horrifying.

Mathers sent this image out to the public. After the backlash, she replied, “That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do. I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am.” But then she went on to say that the video was “meant to be sent privately”! Does this mean it is okay to body shame another in private to your friends, but not publicly? Or that it is okay to be a bully when others are not aware you are making fun of them?

Apparently, not only the public, but the LA City Attorney’s office was not amused either. They filed criminal charges against Mathers and she was charged with a misdemeanor invasion of privacy.

Now, she is scheduled to appear in court on May 26th. California law states that it is illegal to secretly record a person in a home, changing room or tanning booth without their consent. The person has to be “identifiable” and Mathers said the woman couldn’t be identified as she was blurry. A judge denied this motion.

City attorney Mike Feuer said, “Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”

I’m certain we’ll hear more on this case as it unfolds…

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