TMZ staff and commenters combined in a disturbing way when reporting on kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart’s recent marriage.
First, TMZ posted that Elizabeth Smart “flaunted her brand new wedding ring” the day after her wedding. Huh? She is wearing her wedding ring the day after she got married. Not sure that qualifies as flaunt: verb. Display (something) ostentatiously, esp. in order to provoke envy or admiration.
Then these comments went up about an hour ago.
In our book, when a 14-year-old girl is abducted from her bedroom, kidnapped for nine months, and is raped repeatedly… you don’t accuse her of flaunting her wedding ring the day after her wedding day. And if you’re a commenter, you don’t suggest that she “likely went willingly” with her kidnapper/rapist.
Thankfully other commenters were there to set things straight:
* “The comments border on freaky here … She went willingly? She was an innocent 14 year old girl and held down and raped. Who are you to judge her willingness to do so? Were they both virgins? She was raped repeatedly you moron. Go get your facts straight. I wish them much happiness.” – Sherri
* “Is no one else a little disturbed that the paparazzi are covering this girl after all she has been through? With celebs who hire publicists to call the TMZ’s, etc… it’s one thing, but this just seems creepy to me. If anyone deserves privacy in this world, Elizabeth Smart has earned it.” – John
We couldn’t agree more. Elizabeth, we wish the very best for you and your husband! May you have a lifetime of happiness together!