Today in not okay: Model snapchats nude woman in locker room, body-shames her
A 29-year-old model by the name of Dani Mathers has done one of the most not cool things on social media a person could do, and it has infuriated people everywhere. With good reason. In a locker room at an L.A. Fitness, she snapchatted a picture of another woman changing, naked and completely unaware. The caption read “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
In other words, this L.A.-based model, who was dubbed Playboy‘s 2015 Playmate of the Year, wants everyone to know that a body type that isn’t like hers is a frightening thing to witness.
Where do we even begin with this?
Well, for starters, let’s address the fact that this is so very illegal and it could be considered a sex crime (see: voyeurism). Having a nude picture of yours circulated throughout the internet without your consent is cause for a lawsuit at the very least.
Then there’s the inhumane cruelty it takes for a person to do something of this nature. It’s a terrible, terrible form of bullying and body-shaming — and it makes us SO sad that it occurred.
The model took to Snapchat again, this time to apologize for her behavior — sorta. [/subheader
“I just wanted to acknowledge a photo that I accidentally posted on Snapchat earlier today and let you guys know that that was absolutely wrong, and not what I meant to do. I have chosen to do what I do for a living because I love the female body and I know that body shaming is wrong and that’s not what I’m about, that’s not the type of person that I am. That photo was taken to be a personal conversation with a girlfriend, and because I am new to Snapchat, I didn’t realize that I had posted it and that was a huge mistake.”
Look. We commend Mathers for speaking up and addressing the very cruel thing she did. However, this apology doesn’t necessarily make things right – because it doesn’t address the root of the problem, which is that Mathers attacked another woman’s body. It doesn’t matter whether she sent that message to a friend, or the whole world (which, unfortunately, she kinda did). The problem is that she took a photo of a naked woman without her consent (in a place that is supposed to be safe) and tore apart her body.
We’re obviously not the only ones who are horrified by this. People from all over are taking to Twitter, expressing their feelings about Mathers’ cruel actions on social media.
As of now, it’s been reported that the model has been banned from all L.A. Fitness locations and, according to a representative who spoke to TMZ, she “is not permitted back at any club, ever.” Additionally, the incident has been brought to the police’s attention. On top of that, her job on the “Heidi and Frank” radio show has been pulled out from under her as well. Management announced that they’re suspending her indefinitely.
Finally, she closed shop on her Twitter account and has been entirely silent on her other social media platforms.