Rutgers student, Molly Wei, is infamous. She and another student, Dharun Ravi, allegedly used a webcam to broadcast Ravi’s roommate, Tyler Clementi, having a romantic encounter with another man. If you are reading this, you probably know this story already. Clementi had no idea his encounter was being livestreamed on the internet, when he realized what had happened, the 19 year old commited suicide.
This is no disputing that Molly Wei is a disgusting human being. However, a “friend” is speaking to People magazine about Wei…and he wants us to feel sorry for her. “She feels that everyone is attacking her,” the unnamed “friend” tells People. “She is trying to stay optimistic,” he says. “She’s really upset about this, she definitely feels bad, and wishes it didn’t go the way it did.”
People also reports that there has been no sign of Wei or Ravi or their families for over a week. According to People source, Wei’s friend, that is because “Wei is now living the life of a fugitive.” “She is going to different places,” he says, “because the media is always at her house.”
The poor thing! Just think, deceiving, mentally torturing someone and then driving that person to kill himself has consequences! Who knew? Wei has also received angry messages on Facebook from people who are disgusted by her actions. Unfortunately, social retribution is probably the only real consequence Wei will face. Her and Ravi are charged with with two counts of invasion of privacy and at most will only face up to five years in prison. A life is over and Wei is complaining about her flash in the pan infamy and her flash in the pan punishment.
There is outrage over Tyler Clementi’s suicide, but not nearly enough. This isn’t the first article People has published about Wei and Ravi. In this article, they refer to Wei as “quiet,” “sweet,” and “smart.” Nice words for a murderer. Three days before this article was published, they wrote one called, “Rutgers Suspects Aren’t Bad – Just Made a Bad Mistake.” There is a thin line between publishing the fact that Wei and Ravi have supporters and actually supporting their actions. I think the line might have been crossed. If Ravi and Wei had done this to a straight female, chances are there would be double the outpour of outrage; People would probably openly condemn Ravi and Wei and slut-shame Wei by painting her as a “party girl” instead of as “quiet, sweet and smart.” But we will never know for sure. What we do know for sure is that Wei and Ravi won’t get the jail time they deserve, even if they are given the maximum five years in prison.