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I trust most of you are familiar with the plight of Adrianne Curry?  If not, the short version: she was at a con, wearing a slave Leia costume, and got her ass groped by an unruly dude.  She talked about it on twitter and, as is the wont of many a sexist dude, got told by said dudes that she had it coming because of how she dresses, because she's a fame whore, blah blah et cetera et cetera.

I came into it via this article, which is basically feminism 101 "There is no reason why a woman getting groped is okay".  It's the right response and it's getting justly retweeted around.  Unfortunately, shortly after the article was written, Adrianne came out with this gem of a tweet with regard to details of the offending groper:

it was NOT a con goer...it was some illegal immigrant wh spoke no english

Oh, wtFUCK, Adrianne Curry?  Really?  Just when I was about to chime in with the masses and sing your praises?  Why did you have to start in with the racist fuckery?  Are you ready for the he said, she said of it?  Here we go.  I said:

Please don't focus on the legal status of the attacker. It reads like you're meeting sexism with racism which helps no one.

then *she* said:

i dont care! he has no reason being here praying on americans...my brother is half mexican, his dad is from mexico city

then *I* said:

Why does his legal status matter? My point is that the groping is wrong regardless and that making it about race helps no one

then *she* said... well, thankfully, she didn't say anything.  That's where it ended.

Before I say anything further about why I am kind of super annoyed, I would like to say I'm not sure it was right of me to come after this woman I don't know on the heels of her getting her ass literally groped by a complete stranger in a public place.  I realize that, when that happens, logic and reason can go out the window and that we can be left with nothing other than rage.  I have been there.  I have literally been woken up by the feeling of a man's hands grabbing under my skirt and rubbing all around.  It's unpleasant!  So I get that she is upset with me for pointing out that what she said was not the best thing ever and I even concede that it might have been better to leave well enough alone.

However, Twitter is a weird, weird world and when there are over 100,000 people reading what you write, I feel like you ought to be held accountable for the things you say, even under duress.  In this case I tried to be as delicate as I could be but, frankly, there is zero excuse in my book for making racist comments just like there is zero excuse for making sexist comments (or doing sexist things in general).  Saying that you have Mexican relatives does not get you off the hook.  Saying racist things is wrong, full stop.

So this one goes out to you, Adrianne.  It's a little known country song that just came out this year and it's called "I'm sorry you got groped but please apologize for blaming it on brown people".  It's a little wordy, as titles go, but I'm hoping it'll catch on.

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thesugarmonster
Aug. 17th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Thank you for this. I was completely disgusted by her bringing up and focusing on his nationality, language skills, and legality. And then, icing on the cake, pulling the BUT MY BEST FRIEND IS BLACK card. Ugh ugh ugh.
tinkovoleg
Sep. 5th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
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