St. Louis Jury Says Sharking Is Legal…and Totally Awesome!!!
Well, not so much for the “totally awesome”; that’s just what I imagine the jurors saying to each other during their deliberations concerning this woman. And hey, look – “Girls Gone Wild” is involved! I know, I know, it’s a shocker.
So, long story short: one Jane Doe is at a bar in Las Vegas in 2004, the GGW folks ask her to flash the goods, she says no on camera, someone reaches from behind and does all the work for her, and GGW put it in one of their inimitable videos. She finds out about in ’08, and sues the soft-core producers for $5 million, only for a jury to spend all of 90 MINUTES just the other day deciding, “Hey, if she didn’t want to have her top taken off by a complete stranger and images of her tits recorded and sold for public consumption, she shouldn’t have been out in public!”
I fully expect this ruling to get torn apart by a more sensible judge during the appeals process, but it says a lot about the mindset of some people that this even needed to go to an appeal judge in the first place. And let me just say for the record, for any women out there who are reading this and think, “Oh, well, of course it was probably a jury made up only of men,” NO. I don’t believe there is any way that 12 men came to that decision, because even if they felt that way, they would all realize how that would look. Not to mention, 12 guys aren’t going to feel that way; I mean, I’m a guy, and this is one of the stupidest rulings I’ve ever heard. And it’s not as though women who act against the best interests of other women don’t exist; look at most of the ladies of the Republican Party.
I gotta say, between the idea that consent isn’t actually necessary to be filmed, just appearance in a location, and that whole Top Secret America bombshell (if you haven’t checked that out yet, STOP READING THIS AND CLICK ON THE LINK), it just seems like it’s getting harder and harder to not have people all up in your shit at any given time of the day.