In case the name doesn’t make the concept pretty clear, revenge porn is photos or videos distributed without the consent – or often even knowledge – of one or more of the participants. In the past several years, it has become a big business for entrepreneurs like, most famously, Hunter Moore – who was indicted last week on felony charges including “conspiracy, computer hacking, aggravated identity theft, and aiding and abetting.” Another revenge porn kingpin, Kevin Bollaert, was arrested in California in December on similar charges. Revenge porn is a popular ploy of unhappy exes and mischief-making hackers and their voyeuristic fans, a great many of whom apparently find a thrill in pleasuring themselves to purloined images of “cheating whores” and “nasty sluts.” When porn involving consenting, fully aware participants just won’t get you off, revenge porn gives that bit of extra hatred and disgust to do the job. As an ex on one site explains, above a woman’s name, town and a series of photos of her in all manner of sexual positions, “I want her to be embarrassed more than she already is once she finds herself on here.”
By now you know the story: Interviewed by NY1 reporter Mike Scotto, Grimm called the president’s speech “divisive.” But when Scotto went on to try to ask Grimm about his own myriad legal and ethical troubles, well, Grimm threatened to divide Scotto, literally, as in “I’ll break you in half like a little boy.”
As they stood along a railing in the Capitol, Grimm blasted Scotto for not sticking to SOTU questions. “If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off the fucking balcony.” When Scotto defended asking Grimm about a campaign finance probe, the congressman, presumably thinking the camera was off, went on: “No, no, you’re not man enough … I’ll break you in half like a little boy.”
There’s so much awful about the Grimm video, especially the macho posturing and the vaguely sexual menace as he threatens to harm the clearly rattled Scotto, who stands just over 5 feet tall. I have to confess, as I watched the disturbing confrontation, that I immediately thought about two people: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Because he verbally, not physically, roughed up San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree after the NFC championship game 10 days ago, Sherman was globally denounced as a “thug” and worse, as ugly racial stereotypes and flat-out projection defined the talented scholar from tough Compton by way of Stanford University as a criminal. Stand Grimm and Sherman side by side, there is only one “thug,” and it’s the GOP congressman.
During a basketball game between Brighton and Pittsford Sutherland high schools last Friday, a group of Pittsford fans started chanting at a Brighton descent of Indian student as he took a shot at the free-throw line. The taunt, of course, refers to the stereotype of Indians running 7-11 stores.
The Pittsford student who started the chant was reportedly removed from the game, and is no longer the leader of the school-sanctioned “Super Fan” fan club. He has apparently apologized to the subject of the taunt. It’s all fun and games until you realize, oh yeah, this shit is racist.