It's a tale as old as time, a young woman was photographed giving head to a dude and the photo started making the rounds on all the usual Internet suspects. Of course, she was labeled “dirty”, “slut”, and “rank” — and the dude? Oh, he's just a dude.
It all went down at an 80,000 person Eminem concert at Slane Castle in Ireland. The crowd got a little out of control, and the local police arrested over 50 attendees. Fine, whatever, but then on Saturday photos from the festivities emerged showing a high school girl performing oral sex on two different men in the crowd.
The Daily Dot reports:
In one photo, the girl locks lips with a man in a neon-green hat and matching pants. In another, more explicit shot, the same man is almost totally nude. He raises his hands victoriously in the air. He has not been harassed or bullied or had his identity broadcast to the Web.
The hashtags #slanegirl and #shaneslut emerged, and it was open season for assholes:
What fantastic gentlemen! The future is not at all fucked. Oh, and what's the hashtag for the dudes? Ugh, why am I even pretending to ask.
The girl is now understandably distraught and has made a separate complaint of being sexually assaulted at an event unrelated to the photos. She was so upset about the photos that she had to be sedated at a hospital. A source tells the Independent that "The teenager has not been medically fit enough to make a formal statement yet, but when that happens this could turn into a sexual assault investigation."
Wouldn't it be cool if we lived in a world where people took care of their fellow humans in compromised states, rather than taking photos of them to post online? It's like we're all parasitic paparazzi wannabes and Twitter/Tumblr/Reddit are our equally offensive TMZs. No, not everybody is like that, and there are plenty of people who know better — so maybe we adults could teach kids that instead of grabbing their cameras when they see another person in a shitty situations, they can instead step in and help them.