Wish I hadn’t seen this…

It would be nice to live in a world where 1) people respected your privacy and didn’t fucking post videos of you having sex on the internet, and 2)  the gender of the person you were having sex with didn’t matter to anyone but you.  Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world:

A Rutgers University freshman posted a goodbye message on his Facebook page before jumping to his death after his roommate secretly filmed him during a “sexual encounter” in his dorm room and posted it live on the Internet.

Items belonging to 18-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi were found by the George Washington Bridge last week, according to authorities. Clementi’s freshman ID card and driver’s license were in the wallet.

Clementi’s post on his Facebook page, dated Sept. 22 at 8:42 p.m. read, “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.”


Paul Mainardi, the attorney representing the Clementi family, released a statement confirming Clementi’s suicide.

“Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all,” Mainardi said.

Two students, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, have been charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy after allegedly placing a camera in Clementi’s room and livestreaming the recording online on Sept. 19, according to a written statement by New Jersey’s Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.

From Truth Wins Out, which is new to me but seems like a very worthwhile group; via Thers at Eschaton.

Rest in Peace, Tyler.

UPDATE:  Ellen Degeneres is the bomb.

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4 Responses to Wish I hadn’t seen this…

  1. Sharon Brown says:

    Commie, a terrific post – thanks.
    Everyone’s face was just so precious — we’re ALL just human beings, fragile & vulnerable. I hate the hate directed at the different. It pains my tired heart.

    • What pisses me off the most are all these anti-gay groups that push their homophobia on the rest of us and cause untold suffering to the most vulnerable. It’s hard enough being a teenager – being taught to hate yourself because of something you can’t control is the most despicable thing I can think of. Not only are you being taunted at school, but adult authority figures are constantly reinforcing your feelings of worthlessness. It’s gotta stop.

  2. Sharon Brown says:

    also, I hate this current trend of blaming the liberal civil rights groups for these deaths.
    It’s more than these deaths they’re blamed for.If you read “The Race Card” you’ll understand how out of whack the desire for civil liberties has become.
    I agree things seem out of hand in some instances, but the fight for gay rights should not be condemned because of some imagined pettiness toward some other “maligned” group that wants their rights protected.
    I can’t help but believe this attitude is a very convenient mechanism for denying gay civil rights. It’s one my old man spouts from time to time – the republican, you know.

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