From An Ethics Dunce Playmate Of The Year, A Full Pazuzu!

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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.


Pointer: Fred


11 thoughts on “From An Ethics Dunce Playmate Of The Year, A Full Pazuzu!

  1. Nice literary reference. If we show her the portrait, does she turn into that?

    I know what she was most likely thinking when she posted the photo, even if she didn’t realize it: “Seeing this naked woman causes me to have strong feelings of discomfort. I will show her to other people so that those people will validate my feelings by saying that they feel the same.” Alternatively: “This is what passes for a noteworthy event in my life. I will share it with the world, because they want to know about my life, because I am what passes for a noteworthy person.” Both of these are instincts that can develop in extroverted minds if they are poorly curated.

    However, what she said about why she posted the photograph is, “I have suffered, so I will make everyone paying attention to me suffer.” That’s quintessentially spiteful. It may not have been what she meant, but if she keeps using sloppy words, she will find her thoughts following them, especially since she doesn’t pay attention to her thoughts.

    I could almost believe that posting a photo without thinking was an accident, like you might absent-mindedly speak to yourself (but more publically). People who communicate in very non-deliberate fashions (i.e. most humans) often let their thoughts leak into their social circles, in a kind of mental incontinence. That said, there is zero excuse for not being sufficiently deliberate with social media that you violate someone else’s privacy.

  2. I assume the woman in the picture must have been morbidly obese. This model’s comment and picture was not only possibly criminal in nature, but it is the worst example of fat-shaming that I have seen in a long time. The woman was at a gym, working out, trying to improve her health and her image. And to have some Playmate twit take her picture and then make fun of it?

    As for the punishment, being fired is not nearly enough. We only saw a blacked out image of this woman, but the original photo did not. Her identity has been revealed and she now has to go through the rest of her life knowing that friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors have seen this picture and are commenting on it. Some well-meaning friends and acquaintenances, I’m sure, have let her know that they have seen this picture.

    • With you 100% (though not being a progressive I don’t personally use “fat-shaming” we just call it being a hateful bully or whatever.) Still, my sentiments are exactly with you on this one. I wouldn’t hire her to work a drive-thru; she’d probably mock the ugly customers.

  3. There are two Bible verses to remember.

    “Judge not lest ye be judged”- Matthew 7:1

    ” For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou
    then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have
    praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”- Romans 13:3-4

    Regarding the latter Bible verse:

  4. That ugly picture she keeps in the attic is just like Oscar Wilde’s book, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was a handsome but cold, cruel man who stayed young-looking through the decades, but a picture of himself that he kept hidden grew more hideous the more he hurt and destroyed the people around him. We he finally died, he became his true, ugly self depicted in his picture.

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