Further adventures in photo asshattery
No, no, never fear…. this is not another general rant about photo stealing/reposting/not identifying/etc. This is a very specific rant about a particular type of photo stealing. One that peeves me to no end.
OK, we’ve all discussed this to death on various blogs, and the general consensus seems to be that photos, once they hit the Internet, are going to be reposted and passed around and Tumblr’d and Flickr’d and so on and we can’t do much about it. I’ve already stated my stand on this: I don’t mind it, if the re-posters give credit somehow, if it’s a photo that belonged to someone else or to a video company. Or at the very least, if the photo came with an identifier, like a website posted in the corner, don’t crop that out! And if re-posters don’t know where the photo is from, then don’t say anything. But for crying out loud, don’t claim the picture to be your own, complete with fake names and scenarios.
You see this on FetLife frequently. People will snatch a photo off a video site or off a model’s blog, crop off any identifiers and then post it with a cute little caption, something like “I told Jenny what would happen if she talked back to me one more time.” Chances are, “Jenny” is really Pixie or Sarah or whoever, and this clown has never been within 100 feet of her, let alone spanked her. It’s annoying and stupid. And last Friday, I reached my tolerance limit.
A guy on Fet posted a photo that was very clearly Sierra Salem, back from her days with Dallas. She was standing in front of a mantelpiece with a red bottom. He captioned it, “Maria was a bad girl with my credit card.” (eye roll) Then people started commenting to it and complimenting it. One idiot wrote, “Ooooh, caned too?” And the OP (original poster) wrote yes, she was caned and tawsed too, and she loved it. Oh, please!
So I commented, “That’s not Maria, that is Sierra Salem.” After me, a couple of others also IDed her as Sierra.
Usually, when these people get caught and called out, they do one of two things: 1) they take down the photo, or 2) they apologize and identify it properly. That’s fine. But not this guy! No, he commented again, this time saying, “Maria is her real name. Been playing with her for 3 years now. Dallas and I share.”
Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAT???? Who did he think he was kidding? I have known Sierra Salem for eight years. I’ve shot with her, I was her seatmate on several plane flights, I even shared a hotel room bed with her (for sleeping, you pervs!). I know her full real name, and it is not Maria. And she’s been out of the scene for a lot longer than three years. I know where she is living these days and it’s nowhere near this clown.
Yeah, I know. This wasn’t that important in the overall scheme of things. But this guy’s arrogance really pissed me off. Obviously, he wasn’t going to pay me any mind, and would continue insisting that his little fantasy was real. So I decided to pull out the big guns.
I copied the link to the photo and emailed it directly to Dallas. And I commented, “You might want to have a little talk with this guy. He claims you share your women with him.” Then I sat back and waited.
Sure enough, within minutes, Dallas wrote a long, pithy comment on the photo. Called him a wannabe and a poser (and those were the nicer terms), and suggested that he catch the next rocket back to Planet Delusional. LOL!
After Dallas posted, several others chimed in and it became a free-for-all. When I logged in this evening and checked out the photo, it had 57 comments on it.
And yet, the guy still hasn’t taken it down. He hasn’t commented any further, but he hasn’t taken it down. Perhaps, despite his Uber-Dommish profile, he secretly enjoys being humiliated.
Sometimes I wonder which is more accurate: Is it that these people are incredibly stupid, or do they think we’re all stupid? Do they really think that no one will recognize who these women are? You can fool some of the people, but not all of the people.
Anyway, in this case, I do believe justice was served. 😀