Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Hear me out.
The above video looks bad. I know it. My actions were probably a little over the top but there is video missing from this. Let me set the stage:
Four camera operators, men and women surround a female candidate for Senate and shove cameras in her face. They circle her like sharks around a shipwreck survivor and they refuse to move from her personal space. They follow her for 6 hours and continuously film. This includes private individual conversations with friends, family and neighbors. They refused to step back, to stop filming and to desist in their intimidation tactics despite being asked more than a dozen times. The only thing they understand is similar tactics.
I did what I felt needed to be done in order to protect a woman who was being harrassed. I can see no difference between what they did and the actions of a wife beater on the sidewalk. I reacted in defense of a woman who was in need of assistance. I would do it again although perhaps in a different way if I thought it was the only way to handle the situation. I was not violent or overly aggressive. I simply presented a different target for their attacks and used their tactics against them.