This Playboy Model’s Body-Shaming Incident Is Going To Trial

By Amber 0

The whole thing started last July when the 2015 Playmate of the Year posted a photo on her Snapchat story. The photo featured a horrified-looking Mathers and a naked 70-year-old woman with her back to the camera. (Yeah, 70. Low blow.) Mathers captioned the photo, “If I can’t unsee this, then you can’t either.” The photo was taken in the locker room of a L.A. Fitness.

The Playboy model faced serious backlash immediately afterwards, first from social media (who called her out hard for her cruelty), then from one of her employers (she was fired from her job as a radio host), then from L.A. Fitness (she was banned from all locations) and then from the law (she’s being prosecuted for invasion of privacy).

Mathers’ legal team took issue with the “identifiable person” statement, trying unsuccessfully to prevent the case from going to trial by saying the woman in the photo was not easily identifiable. The judge pretty much said, “Nice try, see ya in court,” and the trial is set to start later this month.

Mathers initially issued an apology video on Snapchat, saying “That was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do,” she said. “I know that body-shaming is wrong. That is not the type of person I am.”

This is a unique circumstance of body-shaming that actually involves the law. But hopefully it serves as a lesson for others that body-shaming is never, ever okay. Just last March, bodybuilder Diana Andrews was slammed for the cruel photo and subsequent remarks she included of a woman on a treadmill.

[via menshealth]