Model's racist tweet: Blown out of proportion?

2012-05-07 10:05
Jessica Leandra
In my opinion, which I am very certain, is shared by many individuals, the entire debacle surrounding Jessica Leandra dos Santos and her so-called racist tweets, have been completely, utterly, totally (and of course, completely unnecessarily) blown out of proportion!

Everybody that is dooming her seems to be forgetting exactly what led to her saying what she said and using the so-called "k-word" to refer to a stranger.

I have followed the reporting surrounding this story and have read many an article on the incident as well as the aftermath thereof. It is clearly stated and reported that Ms dos Santos was sexually harassed by the man that she referred to.

It can be presumed that this led to her being in an upset, angry and traumatised state. As is very well known, speaking when distressed or upset, can lead to words that are not really meant nor usually used. In so openly dooming Ms dos Santos as well as crucifying and attacking her in the press and on the internet, people show a blatant disregard for what happened to her, and merely focus on what she said.

In the true sense of the word that she used, she merely referred to her assailant as an infidel; a non-believer. What would have happened had she referred to him using one or more of the more common terms of profane or obscene language? Would she still have been accused of being a racist? Would the fact that she was sexually harassed, perhaps have received more attention?

The fact that Brendon Cooper and FHM (who themselves do not hesitate to publish words of obscene and profane language), have now stripped her of a title that she won fairly; in my opinion, is an act of cowardice.

If they had had any courage, they would have been supporting her due to the fact that she was sexually harassed! In turning their backs on her, to me, it seems that they simply don't care and that they are supporting or at least ignoring the sexual harassment of woman.

The same can be said of Quick Trim SA, seeing that they withdrew their sponsorship of her, also in aftermath of this incident.

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The public "crucifixion" of FHM model Jessica Leandra, following her racist tweet, has drawn away from the fact that she was sexually harassed. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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