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What happens when your vagina is broadcast on national TV?

Jessie Nizewitz, left. VH1

Jessie Nizewitz, left.
VH1

via Think Progress:

Jessie Nizewitz knew she was going to be naked on the VH1 dating reality show Dating Naked. But she didn’t think she’d be, you know, naked. She anticipated, and was allegedly promised multiple times, kosher-for-cable nudity, with anything a bikini would block blurred for air.

In an episode that aired July 31, Nizewitz play-wrestled on the beach with her date. And everything below Nizewitz’s waist was on-screen, unblurred. The episode is no longer available on VH1.com.

Nizewitz is suing Viacom for ten million dollars. The full complaint is available online, and it is quite distressing:

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Her complaint alleges she was “continually promised” that “all frontal and genital nudity would be blurred out,” and that she was also “strongly encouraged” to engage in the wrestling session. In perhaps the most cringe-inducing line, the lawsuit goes on to say that “Defendants knew or reasonable should have known that they did not have consent from Plantiff to broadcast her vagina and anus on national cable television.” The saddest part is that Nizewitz requests, in addition to the money, that “all images of Plantiff’s vagina and anus” be removed “from the Internet, including but not limited to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.” Would that it were so simple to scrub an image from the internet; brave be the soul who tries to succeed where even Beyonce has failed.

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Man Forced to Leave Town After Internet Message Board Comments Destroy His Reputation

This week’s episode of This American Life featured a story about Gene Cooley of Blairsville, Georgia, a microscopic town of approximately 600 residents. There’s not much to do in Blairsville but talk about the neighbors, and the best way to do that anonymously is on Topix, a website featuring message boards devoted to small communities like Blairsville. After Gene’s fiancee was murdered by her jealous ex-husband, the Topix rumor mill went into overdrive. What began as idle gossip escalated into vicious slander. Five or so Topix users were particularly brutal, accusing Cooley of being a pedophile, drug addict, philanderer, and pervert that shouldn’t be trusted around children.

Gene had never heard of Topix before he became a target of some of its users on the Blairsville message board. Attempts to discover their identities were futile, and he had no enemies that he knew of.

The gossip took its toll and Gene became a pariah; shunned by people he had known all of his life.… Read the rest

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Guatemalan Lawsuit Against Canadian Mining Giant May Set Precedent

via CorpWatchBehemoth

A group of indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi’ have filed three civil lawsuits in Canada against HudBay Minerals Inc. of Toronto for alleged human rights atrocities committed by its subsidiaries – HMI Nickel, Skye Resources and Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel – at the company’s nickel mine in eastern Guatemala.

The outcome of this cross border lawsuit is being closely watched by human rights activists after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a case against Shell for aiding and abetting human rights abuses in Nigeria on the grounds that Shell did not have sufficient ties to the U.S.

However the Supreme Court decision left open the possibility that U.S. companies could be sued in U.S. courts for human rights abuses abroad. Thus a legal decision that allows Canadian companies to be sued in their home country, would also help fill the legal vacuum that multinationals have often taken advantage of historically to escape liability.

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