B. Scott was on HLN last night with Dr. Drew discussing the event that led to Rutger’s Freshman, Tyler Clementi’s, suicide. In September of 2010, Tyler Clementi was unknowningly filmed kissing a male visitor in his room by his roommate who live broadcasted the incident on two separate occasions. This caused Tyler some great humilation, particularly since he had recently come out, and days later committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Currently, his roommate, Dharun Ravi, faces a 15-count indictment in Clementi’s death.
In the video, Dr. Drew discusses whether or not this incident was a hate crime along with his panel whom includes B. Scott.
I thought about this last night while watching a clip from the trial. This is a sad case that was completely accidental. I believe that Dharun had no intentions of hurting Tyler, but instead wanted a few laughs with his friends. He didn’t think that this sort of humiliation – although fun for him – could in fact cause someone pain, which it did. Do I think it was a hate crime? Yes. But not a vicious one. Dharun’s actions were of one who was “offended” by homosexual acts and then proceeded to respond negatively. The analogy in the video of a driver who’s been drinking and accidently kills someone is a perfect concept that fits this situation.
Do you think Dharun should be charged with 10 years in prison, which isn’t for mansluaghter, or do you think that’s too extreme? Check out the video after the jump.