Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers Charged, Faces Jail Time Over Body-Shaming Locker Room Photo
Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers is a conventionally attractive woman who took the world’s ugliest selfie earlier this year when she posted a Snapchat photo of herself laughing at a nude woman in a locker room at the gym. Mathers may have meant for all her fans and followers to have a good laugh at that woman’s expense, but all she accomplished was getting herself fired and showing herself to be a truly hideous human being.
The woman in the photo–who was secretly photographed in a locker room and had her naked body put on the Internet without her knowledge or consent–was a woman in her 70s who was just trying to work out at the damn gym when Mathers decided to invade her privacy and body-shame her. Eventually, she did find out about what had been done to her, but not until the story had gone viral and half the Internet had seen her naked, 70-something body. (The black rectangle in the above photo was not in the original picture. It was added because posting photos of unwilling naked people on the Internet is a horrible thing to do, which everyone who is not Dani Mathers already knows.)
That must have been a really tough discovery. How do you even wrap your brain around the information that while you were at the gym, someone took a nude photo of you and posted you on the Internet to mock your body? (There’s nothing wrong with the woman’s body, she’s just a totally normal 70-something woman, and Dani Mathers is an asshat who thinks bodies that don’t look like hers are gross.) That must have been devastating to find out. But now the woman has regrouped and decided to press charges.
According to TMZ, the L.A.City Attorney has decided to move forward with the case. Mathers has been charged with invasion of privacy, for which she faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if she is convicted. Somehow, a conviction seems likely, considering that Mathers genuinely posted all the evidence on the Internet herself.
Mathers’ lawyer told TMZ that he’s “disappointed” by the decision.
“Iâ€™m disappointed that she was charged with any type of violation. She never intentionally violated anyoneâ€™s privacy and never tried to break the law at any time,” he told TMZ.
What was she trying to do, then? Saying Mathers is too dumb to know that it’s illegal to post a nude photo of a stranger in the locker room to Snapchat is one thing, but that doesn’t actually make her less guilty of the crime.
Even her lawyer must know it’s a big stretch of logic to say that she didn’t intentionally violate anyone’s privacy. Is he trying to claim that Mathers didn’t pull out her phone, take a picture of the woman, write a caption on it, and then post it to the Internet? Because that happened. The woman wasn’t even in the background of Mathers’ selfie. Mathers had to take two separate photos and put them together to make the picture. There’s no way anyone could look at this and think it was an accident.
Even if Mathers did only mean to send the photo to one friend, as she claims, that doesn’t actually reduce her culpability. It’s still an invasion of privacy.
Mathers probably has a pretty uphill court battle in front of her.