Dani Mathers is a former Playmate of the Year. On the left below, you see Dani as she appears to unknowing bystanders; on the right, the oil portrait of herself that she keeps in the attic.
Befitting the character and soul accurately portrayed by the portrait, the skin-deep beauty took a cellphone photo of an unaware naked female member of LA Fitness in the gym’s shower. Then Dani posted the pic on Snapchat with the caption, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
The actual photo does not have the victim’s body blotted out.
Said LA Fitness of Dani:”Her behavior is appalling and puts every member’s privacy at risk. We have handled this internally and also notified the police.”
Of course cell phone photography is prohibited in locker rooms. Doing what Mathers did may also be against the law.
Caught with her ugly soul exposed to the world, the model reverted to full Pazuzu mode. Pazuzu was the demon who made poor Linda Blair say all those horrible things in “The Exorcist,” and the Pazuzu Excuse is what Ethics Alarms calls apologies for horrible statements or conduct that include such incredible statements as “Those statements do not express my real beliefs,” “That doesn’t reflect who I am,” and the always popular “That wasn’t me.”
Dani’s video apology begins with an absurd claim that the SnapChat post was an “accident.” This is deceit: it may have been a career mistake, but people do not accidentally take photos they shouldn’t and post them to social media with captions. She did it deliberately. Dani’s next argument is that the post was only designed for a single friend. Taking an non-consenual photo in a place where the subject expects privacy is a cruel and disrespectful act, and a Golden Rule breach. Sending that photo to anyone is far worse. Dani expects exoneration because she claims she didn’t mean to send it to the world? How could she know her “friend” wouldn’t post it far and wide?
Then the model evokes Pazuzu, though not by name. Still, her words suggest that she must have been possessed by a malign force. This “isn’t what I’m about” she says, and “this isn’t who I am.” Funny, it sure seems like it’s exactly who you are, Dani. Who else was responsible? This is signature significance. Decent, fair, kind, ethical people never even think about taking photos of naked gym members who don’t happen to make their livings being photographed nude, and mocking them on social media. Never. They also never do it.
So now the world knows about Dani Mathers. She’s a cruel and irresponsible person. She is getting hate tweets and more, and has lost a regular gig on a radio show. That’s not necessary: Dani’s inner ugliness doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t be able to make her living showing us the nice wrapping to her hideous character. Whatever shunning society has in store for her should be confined to matters of trust (she has blighted ethics alarms, and thus is untrustworthy) and affection.