We haven’t had one of these in a while, and I’m feeling like having a good fish-shoot in the ol’ barrel, so here we go….
Apparently there has been another development in the Wanetta Gibson saga—I know this because the last post about this horrible woman is suddenly getting traffic again—and this has moved one Terrance Skerrette—I sure hope there’s just one— to enter one of those periodic comments I receive here that serves as a public service announcement for the ethically-challenged. You know the kind—Saturday Night Live parodies of such spots used to be a staple:
“Hello. I’m Jack Marshall, and this is Terrance. Terrance was raised in an environment that left him with an inability to understand ethics. That’s right–he will go through life justifying horrendous conduct by using rationalizations, hideous logic, and warped values. Will you help Terrance? No, he can’t be helped by treatment, but perhaps, if you give generously, we can provide him with a comfortable shack in the forest and plenty of food, so he can live comfortably without infecting anyone else with his hopeless ethical ignorance and dangerous excuses for terrible conduct. Please send your generous contributions to “Help Terrance,” care of Ethics Alarms. Thank you. Terrance would thank you too, but he probably thinks you are evil.”
Normally, I would try to explain, nicely and patiently, to a new commenter why his or her comment goes off the ethics rails, but I know when that is a waste of time, and this is such an instance. Wanetta, you will recall, sent innocent high school football star Brian Banks to prison for five years for a rape he didn’t commit, collected $750,000 by continuing her lie in a lawsuit against the high school where she and Banks were both students, sought forgiveness from him in prison while still refusing to exonerate him to prosecutors because she didn’t want to give back the money, then, after she was finally forced to admit that she lied when she accused Banks of raping her (her confession to banks was secretly recorded), recanted so she might avoid being prosecuted, and because she was afraid that admitting the truth would cause her children, whom she can’t support, to think less of her, which is to say, the ugly truth. Her claim then: Banks paid her to say her original accusation was false. It didn’t work. Recently she was ordered to pay 2.6 million dollars in connection with the case, which means nothing, since she has a better chance of winning an ice sculpture competition in Hell than ever having the money to pay up.
Now here is Terrance’s comment. Trigger Alert!
“It is so hypocritical for some to speak out on this tragedy…..while they live off the same means she got her money from…..lie, steal, and cheat. Its easier when you’re not face to face with a victim to claim a moral high ground. Then turn around and want her children to suffer for her mistakes. If anyone needs to be chastised, its the leaders of this country who continually allow the rich to live off of the pain of poor people….those are your bigger monsters.”
Such a tasty smorgasbord of unethical idiocy to choose from! Let’s see..
1. It isn’t hypocritical to speak out against Gibson unless you are in the middle of a fake rape scam yourself. Even a previous engineer of a false rape accusation that ruined a man’s life can properly speak out against Gibson. It only demonstrates moral and ethical growth and recognition of a past wrong.
2. This is outrageous false equivalence at best. One can make a living off of lying, cheating and stealing and still look saintly in comparison to Gibson, whose stealing came from a financially stressed school district, and whose lying robbed her victim of his youth, education, reputation, career, and quite nearly decades of his freedom.
3. Is this guy seriously calling Gibson a victim? A victim of who or what? She is a victim like Jeffrey Daumer, Bernie Maddof or Osama Bin Laden are victims, which is to say she is not a victim at all, but a predator, with no respect for humanity or the harm she does to others as long as her own agenda is satisfied.
4. It’s not “easier” to claim a moral high ground involving a sociopathic slug like Wanetta Gibson, because almost everyone is looking straight down on a person who abuses the justice system by lying to put an innocent human being in prison so she can collect some ill-gotten cash. Oh, some can look her in the eye, like the Connecticut hone invaders, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Stephen Hayes, but then, they raped and beat a mother and her two young daughters and then burned them alive. It takes a lot of effort to get to Wanetta’s Stygian depths of character.
5. Nobody wants Gibson’s children to suffer because of their mother’s crimes–not mistakes, Terrance, you fool: Wanetta made no mistake; what she did was a crime, indeed several crimes,and they were fully calculated. The unethical logic that argues that we should not punish parents for their horrible deeds because it’s hard on the children results in a virtual free pass for anti-social and criminal parents. Gibson victimized her children, no one else.
6. Terrance finishes with a grand flourish of working class hero nonsense, made more nonsensical by its context. Brian Banks wasn’t rich. The school wasn’t rich. Wanetta Gibson isn’t Robin Hood…she’s a venal, selfish, vicious danger to all around her. “The rich” have done nothing to harm Gibson, but have paid taxes that helped take care of he children and helped her pay the bills, after she and her mother spent the money they stole.
7. Sure, there are bigger monsters than Gibson. Godzilla, for example. The fact that there may be other bad people out there—never mind that Terrance couldn’t distinguish between a good person, a bad person, and LEGO model of the Andrea Dorea if you gave him month of Sundays—doesn’t make Wanetta Gibson any better than she is, which is so disgusting that I will have to take a shower after posting this.
Sadly and horrifyingly, a lot of people reason like Terrance. Some of them are even in positions of power. They and their confused sense of accountability, responsibility, fairness and justice help create and sustain the Wanettas of the world, and do a lot of other damage besides. We need to make sure that our culture produces as few of them as possible, and that those it does produce have the influence on our society they deserve: none.