|Cyber-victim or cyberbully? You make the call.|
And what's with those guns? I feel sexually harassed.
A Canadian politician says she has become a victim of cyberbullying after a teenager posted a topless photo of her online. When the photo was tweeted to her @lenorezann two weeks ago, she asked the sender to remove the image, which she said included a message that said, 'What happened to the old Lenore?'Will over at Patriarchtionary, to whom I owe a hat tip for this story, wonders just who is the real bully here. A fair question...given that Ms. Zann is by all accounts a powerful, adult, strong independent woman™ who has no truck with both exploiting her sexuality for financial gain and/or repeatedly sexually harassing every man in sight of her exposed, levitating mammaries. Yet when she feels bad that someone on the interwebz links to a picture of her in a homosexual prison shower scene, rather than put her big girl pants on and put down the mobile phone--thereby short-circuiting the "bullying"--she resorts to lawfare to forcibly shut up her young male tormentor.
The tweeter, NickScissons @Ncissons, a 17-year old high school student from Truro, said he meant it as a joke. 'I just thought it would be funny, pretty much,' he said.
'Luckily the old Lenore Zann got in shape so she can kick some political butt! Please remove this photo,' she tweeted.
But the Scissons refused, and an online conversation soon included others who began retweeting the image and began hurling insults at her. On Twitter she wrote: 'Perhaps you've missed the new federal legislation' and 'Distribution of this image falls under the Criminal Code. It has been reported.'
Scissons replied, arguing the photo was public on the internet. During the exchange, which lasted around three hours, Zann said she felt increasingly picked on.
'I signed a contract ... for my image only to be used in 'The L Word' show. It's not just the image of the picture that was disturbing. It was the way that these people ... suddenly targeted me. It increased in velocity and intent. It was constant and it was harassing.'
I was being cyberbullied so I felt that I needed to call the police. The police suggested that I call the CyberScan unit as well and that's what they're there for. That's why we legislated them, so that they'd be there to help people who feel that they are being bullied by other people online,' she said.
'It was Twitter where I was being tweeted at. I was being sworn at. They were swearing at me. They were disrespectful. It was constant. It was harassment and it was frightening. I was afraid. So that for me accounts for my feeling that I was being bullied. And because it's online, that’s cyberbullying.'
The actor-cum-politician said she got in touch with the original tweeter's parents, and the principal at his college.
[This year] Nova Scotia introduced the Cyber-safety Act, which the province describes as the first law in Canada aimed at protecting the victims of cyberbullying and making those responsible accountable under the law. The act defines cyberbullying as any electronic communication 'that is intended or ought reasonably be expected to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other damage or harm to another person's health, emotional well-being, self-esteem or reputation.'
And speaking of law, lookit how broadly the law is written. It is practically begging to be abused by someone who apparently doesn't know that contracts only apply between signatories.
At this moment, UBL's strong horse/weak horse maxim comes to mind. Just how ridiculous does it look to other cultures when an aging pol (with a pornographic past and a penchant for sex-spamming) jacks up a college student for hurting her feelings, all legal like?
Folks just need to grow up. After one graduates from middle school, it shouldn't fall to the police to change your nappy.