Posted on | May 31, 2013 | 26 Comments
Got some important work to do today, so there’s only time for a bit of quick aggregation right now. R.J. Reidhead continues to be disturbed and fascinated by what she sees as indicators that Kaitlyn Smith is a victim of something worse than homophobia.
Jeff Goldstein sarcastically invokes the Ghost of Victims Past. Is sarcasm appropriate? The alternative — taking seriously the reality that young people can be and often are victimized “consensually” — is probably depressing enough to make you do drugs.
Legally, the case is about an 18 year old seducing a 14 year old. In the media, it’s about whether the parents who are prosecuting the 18 year old are motivated by anti-homosexual sentiment.
But don’t you dare accuse the media of having an agenda — one that has nothing to do with the best interests of these teenagers, or the best interests of Indian River County, Florida — because only hateful bigots would ever call attention to the media agenda.
Speaking of contrast, Christine Rousselle finds a nearly perfect one:
Let’s compare the two cases: both involved sex acts on school property (a locker room, and a bathroom stall), a “consenting” underage partner (who cannot legally consent to sex), statutory rape charges, and oral sex. Yet there was no outpouring of support for the members of Milton’s hockey team—or the girl.
The only difference between the two cases is that the Milton Academy scandal involved one 15-year-old girl and five 15-to-18 year-old males, and the Sebastian River High School scandal involved two female students. Apart from that, the two cases are essentially identical.
Kaitlyn and her mom get matching tattoos? You stay classy, Hunt family.
Speaking of classy, Matt Ross notices increasingly desperate attempts by #FreeKate fanatics to suppress negative information about Kaitlyn and her family, which is doomed predictably to fail. What is happening here is an attempt to decontextualize Kaitlyn’s crime: We are supposed to accept without question her mother’s testimony as to what a “model student” Kaitlyn is, and how this was just a harmless “romance” between two teenagers. But who is Kelley Hunt Smith to offer this testimony as a character witness?
Is Kate’s mother trustworthy? Is she a good judge of character?
As soon as you start asking questions like that — “Hater! Bigot!” — you’re going to start finding answers that weren’t what the Hunt family had in mind when they decided to make their daughter’s criminal case a nationwide crusade for “equality.” Your skepticism toward The Story Too Good to Be True, rather than being seen as an interest in knowing the full story before rendering judgment (which is what responsible people do), is to the #FreeKate mob evidence of your bad faith (mala fides), because True Believers must believe.
Someone calls to our attention this heretical account describing the Hunt family as “horrendous people,” and the reader may also wish to examine Booking Number 2012-00001721 at the Indian River County Jail. (What is it with these people and tattoos, huh?)
— Jeanette Victoria (@Jeanette_Runyon) May 31, 2013
— Seeker Of Truth (@TruthSeeker1905) May 31, 2013
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 31, 2013