The rules about where and when it’s appropriate to take photos of strangers in the world have gotten admittedly a bit confusing as of late, but there’s one old reliable maxim that was true before smartphones and social media, and will remain true in perpetuity: Don’t take a picture of a naked person that didn’t give you permission to, and definitely do not then post that photo onto the Internet.
Model Dani Mathers did both yesterday, and to top it off, added in a little extra dose of body shaming and ageism to really completely the cycle.
The photo, which she took at a gym in Los Angeles, shows a woman showering in an unflattering light, while Mathers looks on in horror. “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either,” she wrote.
That’s not good.
Understandably, people were not happy with the post.
@DaniMathers absolutely appalling behaviour, to violate a woman for the world too see is disgusting, you should face charges for this!!
— katie finn (@katie77f) July 14, 2016
@DaniMathers it must be nice to be so perfect that you feel like you can publicly shame other bodies. Please educate yourself.
— ⚡️Tess Holliday⚡️ (@Tess_Holliday) July 14, 2016
For her part, Mathers seems to have realized she fucked up big time.
“I want to acknowledge my post from snapchat earlier. There is no excuse, ” she wrote in a series of tweets. “I understand fully the magnitude of this post and that I have hurt a lot of people, women. Body shaming is not okay, and is nothing to joke about… This was meant to be a part of a private conversation that never should have happened. There are no words to describe how deeply sorry I am for hurting and offending you all. Women make my world go around. I respect women, I surround myself with women and I completely understand the magnitude of this post. Please please please know how upset I am with myself and take my word that this won’t happen again. I love and appreciate every one of you and know that everyone is beautiful in their own way… That’s what makes us all so special… I can’t undo this mistake, but I ask your forgiveness.”
So, as a reminder:
1. Don’t take pictures of naked people without permission
2. Don’t post them online
3. Maybe just let’s all go ahead and log off forever