Rob’s Revenge Online – Who Benefits, the Implications of his Actions and Revenge Porn

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Calling someone out or exposing someone’s actions has never been easier, thanks to the internet. But is it acceptable to do so? Should a public figure take to social media to vent their anger or should it be done behind closed doors? And will there be repercussions from their actions? Furthermore, where does one draw the line on what is an acceptable amount to expose someone? Is it suitable, just or fair to post sexual explicit images of someone or revenge porn online?

Rob Kardashian has recently made headlines for exposing his ex partner, Blac Chyna, in a series of posts, videos and screenshots on Instagram and Twitter, all varying in accusation and shaming. It took the Twitter world by storm and has become a top trending topic, with thousands of people weighing in on the former couples problems.

Here is where it gets interesting. Blac Chyna’s lawyer, Walter Mosley, told ABC News in America that she’s considering taking legal action for all the nudity posts, and drug and alcohol accusations. Rob Kardashian lives in California, where it’s illegal to intentionally distribute “the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person”. It is worth mentioning that in 2013, California added “revenge porn”— to the Penal Code.

The penalty is up to six months in prison and a $1,000 (£770) fine. A number of legal experts have said Kardashian may have potentially violated the state’s revenge porn laws.

Carrie Goldberg, an internet abuse and sexual consent lawyer, told Refinery29: “In California, there are both criminal and civil courses of action that an individual could take. What Rob Kardashian has done, which is post nude photos of his ex clearly without her permission…could not fit more squarely [in] the California law of nonconsensual pornography”

So what might have started as a post lashing out at an ex could be a lawsuit.

According to Business Insider, about one in 25 Americans are either threatened with or are victims of nonconsensual image sharing, or “revenge porn ” as it’s more commonly known. According to a study published by the Data and Society Research Institute, that’s over 10 million Americans.

That’s a massive amount, and considering his sister Kim Kardashian was a victim of this herself, it makes me wonder if he thought about what he was doing before the drama exploded all over social media.

I am aware that Rob Kardashian is human, and may have been lashing out at a bad situation, but to slut shame and share intimate pictures on social media may have damaged his career for good. Especially when you have a influence over a certain amount of followers and are tied to one of the biggest reality star families that has been broadcast on television.

I hope Rob Kardashian realises that by essentially breaking the law, and putting it all online into a public forum, his daughter will be able to see it when she’s old enough to do so, making that a punishment in itself, and having the appropriate response to that will pave the way forward into thinking that revenge porn in any circumstance is wrong and that there are laws in place to ensure this abuse isn’t the latest trend when things go sour with an ex.

The wider implications

We will just have to wait and see if this will have wider implications. Keeping Up With The Kardashians has a huge global audience. One can only assume that Rob was acting in the moment and not considering how his actions could impact impressionable fans. The last thing anyone would want is for people to believe that revenge porn is ‘just’ or ‘fair’ based on the actions of a celebrity or public figure.

What do you think?

What are your views? Do you think that there may be negative repercussions from Rob’s actions outside of court? Is there the potential for impressionable individuals to feel that revenge porn is an appropriate thing to do if they want to retaliate. After all, it is worth remembering, even though you can delete stuff, if its on the internet then its almost certainly can be found again. Please let us know in the comment box below. If you are affected by this article or want more information, you can find it on the Revenge Porn Helpline.

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