ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

While you might not know Dani Mather by name, you almost certainly know her from her deplorable actions. Actions which are now being punished in a landmark case against the crime of body-shaming.

If you've been living under a rock, the 29-year-old Playboy model became the 'accidental' face of body-shaming when she sent a picture of a nude 70-year-old woman taking a shower at a Los Angeles fitness center to her Snapchat followers. Dani later claimed it was a mistake and she didn't intend to share the unsolicited image.

The image in question
The image in question

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After criminal charges were brought against her, Mather was found guilty of “one misdemeanor count of invasion of privacy” — a charge that is normally associated with peeping Toms and up-skirt photo perverts. Los Angeles Prosecutors decided that the law was also appropriate for Mather's case making it the first time authorities have pressed charges on someone making fun of somebody's weight in an image.

Dani Mathers poses on Instagram
Dani Mathers poses on Instagram

The Los Angeles attorney overseeing the case made the following speech following Mather's appearance in court to make it clear that disrespecting and body-shaming people in public will not be tolerated:

“Body-shaming is humiliating, with often painful, long-term consequences. It mocks and stigmatizes its victims, tearing down self-respect and perpetuating the harmful idea that our unique physical appearances should be compared to air-brushed notions of ‘perfect.’ What really matters is our character and humanity. While body-shaming, in itself, is not a crime, there are circumstances in which invading one’s privacy to accomplish it can be. And we shouldn’t tolerate that.”

Dani could face up to six months in prison and a $1000 fine for her mean-spirited post.

Do you think Dani deserves to be punished for her insensitive actions?

(Source: LA Times)


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