Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crossing the Line With the Erin Andrews Video

Erin Andrews, ESPN

There are some women that I won't put on my blog. That is not to say that I don't like them, that I don't appreciate them, but rather, it is to say that there are some women who we already know are hotties, but perhaps are a little more than just hotties. Is it wrong of me to make that distinction? Is it wrong of me to say, no, I won't put up pictures of Maria Sharapova or Danica Patrick. (Did I do Danica Patrick? Neither Peej nor I can remember.) I suppose I need to address the ethical concerns of posting pictures of hotties, which I do here and here.

Now, I use that term out of fun. In reality, I am a man with a daughter, with fantastic relationships with strong females, and with seriously co-dependent relationships with other females, and I celebrate beauty, not possession of that beauty.

In other words, I do respect women. That may be hard to believe, but I do.

Erin Andrews is in that overall category of women whom I respect and admire--and that's primarily because she doesn't do the "lad magazines" and she is more of a television personality than a mere babe on television.

Being a baseball fan, I have watched Andrews for years, and she is an excellent broadcaster. In and of her own right, she is to be respected, so nothing about this is even remotely right:

Hackers are using an illegally-taped peephole video that has naked shots of glamorous ESPN sports reporter Erin Andrews as a lure to get click-happy web surfers to download dangerous malware to their computers, according to a computer security website.

Andrews has become a popular fixture on ESPN and the web as a vivacious and beautiful reporter. So much so, that someone used a peephole camera to record video of Andrews as she disrobed.

Naturally, the video went viral online and ESPN lawyers have been scrambling to shut down websites that post links to the material.

That means it's getting increasingly hard to find on the web, but that hasn't stopped the growing demand for it.

And it's that drive that hackers are plugging into, according to sophos.com, a website that sells security software, but also provides security news.

One version of the hack, fools surfers into clicking on what appears to be a CNN version of the video, according to Sophos. When users hit the play button they are presented with a pop up window warning them that their popup blocker has blocked the video player window and they must launch another player. Doing so doesn't play the video, but it does install a Trojan horse with which hackers can later attack the computer, says the site.

The person or persons who used the pinhole camera to make the video of Andrews went so far over the line as to obliterate it completely. There is no good reason to do that to any person, male or female, young or old, attractive or not.

I have a policy that says that, should I be contacted by someone and asked to remove photographs or an entire post, I will certainly do so without carping or complaining. In fact, I have always recognized that there is a good chance of that, and that's why I always celebrate and complement, and I save the humiliating and scorning for politicians and liberals. There is a happy medium, and you can celebrate art and beauty, and you can pay someone like Andrews a complement or point out that, wow, she is an attractive young lady, without breaking the law or going so far over the line as to be insanely creepy. And I know insanely creepy, sir.

That being said, I hope they catch whoever did this to Andrews and throw the book at them.

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