Tyler Clementi was a (likely closeted) gay freshman at Rutgers, living with a roommate named Dharun Ravi. When Tyler requested some time alone in their dorm room, Dharun went to a friend’s place and, inexplicably, activated the webcam on his computer to spy on Tyler’s private time. Seeing him making out with a male classmate, Dharun decided to stream the whole thing live onto the web.
Dharun later thought it triumphant enough an internet episode that he asked people to tune in a second time when he anticipated another of Tyler’s dates. Tyler eventually found out he’d been a secret worldwide web double-prank, and he killed himself.
People were horrified, and Ravi got arrested under a ‘broadcast’ statute of invasion of privacy. Even the Republican Governor of New Jersey was shocked:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today called the suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi an “unspeakable tragedy” and said he can’t imagine how the two students accused of secretly filming Clementi can sleep at night “knowing that they contributed to driving that young man” to suicide.
Conservative rank and filers felt differently. Conservative bloggers, especially the ones who considered themselves ‘geniuses’, knew better:
Gay rights killed Clementi
Vox Popoli | THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
The body count of the gay rights movement grows by one…
The quiet 18 year old’s shock and embarrassment at being planetarily mocked, being secretly outed to billions of people, weren’t the story.
The real story? Tyler finally felt proper shame for his disgusting behavior, and such are the consequences for doing bad things. The reckless gay rights people suckered him into believing that what he was doing wasn’t evil, and it killed him when he came to realize, by way of public humiliation, that homosexuality was wrong.
The problem is not that American university campuses are intolerant of the orientationally challenged, as the subtext of the media coverage suggests, but rather that they are much too tolerant.
It is obvious that Clementi didn’t kill himself simply because his actions were made public; as a musician, no doubt he had been filmed before and some of those films may have even been put online.
If you do anything that ever becomes public, and you SURVIVE it, then nothing that ever becomes public later would be cause for alarm. Hey, you got married, and they put the nuptials videos on the web, okay, you’re good to go. Oops — now there’s a 10 minute spy cam clip of you masturbating to a picture of Ryan Seacrest. But you’ve been on the internet before, so it’s no biggie. Even when it becomes the video sensation of the year, nothing to worry about. Even after SNL spoofs it, no concern. “. . no doubt [you] had been filmed before and some of those films may have even been put online.”
He killed himself because he could not live with the shame of knowing that everyone would be aware of his submission to what he apparently believed to be evil desires.
Blogger Vox Day, who advertises himself as an “Internet Superintelligence,” decides to play projection. None of Tyler’s death had to do with his being only 18, his being a freshman, his being new to college, his being betrayed by his roommate. His death was caused by shame for his homosexuality in a dormitory.
While giving in to our desire for evil is something that we all do from time to time, it is also true that some desires happen to be more shameful or humiliating than others. For example, a man’s desire for his neighbor’s wife is sinful, but few consider it to be as appalling as his desire for his neighbor’s child.
Tyler Clementi, normal dude, merely realized the horror of what he’d done after it got broadcast for billions to see. He was overwhelmed by self-realization: I’m a bad person.
And therein lies the real crime. Gays told him it was okay. People lied to the 18 year old and he experimented with evil. Can you really blame him for his suicide?
. . he was also steeped in years of indoctrination telling him that his abnormal desires were perfectly right and should not be resisted. That is why he felt free to act on them as soon as he got to college and out from under his parents’ eyes.
And that is why his suicide poses a problem for the “morality is a human construct” crowd. Despite literal decades of preaching about the morality of homosexuality, despite the pansexual propaganda of the public and private schools, the knowledge that what he was doing was shameful and wrong still managed to penetrate Mr. Clementi’s mind.
Don’t blame this misguided soul for what he did. He dabbled in the dangerous behavior promoted by the gay agenda and then, understandably, killed himself.