Update: Mathers has been officially charged with invasion of privacy. Her lawyer had this to say:
“I’m disappointed that she was charged with any type of violation. She never intentionally violated anyone’s privacy and never tried to break the law at any time.”
Huh? Are we supposed to believe Mathers accidentally snapped the photo and then accidentally shared it on the internet? She really thought it was okay to take a naked picture of someone in the shower without their knowledge or consent?
This story has been all over the news lately.
Los Angeles police are investigating after Playboy model Dani Mathers apologized for taking a photo of a woman in a locker room shower at an LA Fitness exercise center and posted it on Snapchat with disparaging comments about the woman’s body.
I have no idea what would possess a person to do such a thing. Certainly Mathers is receiving some well-deserved criticism. She’s lost her job and is banned from L.A. Fitness. She probably should be banned from all locker rooms and maybe all public restrooms everywhere. Clearly she cannot be trusted to behave herself in such settings.
Even so, I was a little surprised to hear that the police are involved. After I thought about it though, it makes sense. What if had been a guy who snapped that picture and broadcast it all over the internet? He probably would have been arrested already.
Because Mathers is a woman, my brain automatically put this incident in the “catty and mean” category at first. But it rightly belongs in the “creepy and possibly criminal” category.
So if you are ever overcome by some strange urge to photograph a naked stranger in a gym locker room and post it on the internet, DON’T DO IT. I know for 99.9% of people I’m stating the obvious. Thank goodness.