The comedian Whitney Cummings faced demands for money over a revealing picture, she simply tweeted the picture herself, taunting those who would try to blackmail her. Her words were, “Here it is, you foolish dorks!”. This is a powerful lesson on emotional intelligence and how to stand up to an online bully. Twitter is not always a friendly place for high-profile women on the internet in general, and even less so on Twitter in particular. Even Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown faced a barrage of abuse on Twitter. Ashley Judd, Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda and even Zelda Williams have all been exposed to hateful attacks. A few weeks ago, actress and comedian Whitney Cummings, star of 2 Broke Girls, was victimized by the Internet bullying phenomenon. As part of her new Netflix series, Can I Touch It? Cummis shares the stage with a sex robot modeled after her. In April, Cummings accidentally posted a picture of herself on Instagram “that showed nipple.” How do you take a picture of your own naked breast without intending to? This photo appears to be from when she was in the shower. Likewise, she didn’t appear to have looked at the picture very closely before posting it, at least not very deeply. Regardless, it seems she removed the image as soon as she saw the nipple in her tweets. According to her Twitter account, those who captured screen grabs are trying to get money from her by stating they can sell the screenshots or they ask for money to keep them from publishing them. There was no success. “They all must think I’m much more famous than I am, and they also must think that I’m far more easily intimidated than I am,” she claimed. My nipple will bring me money or likes if anyone is going to profit from it. The result is below, you foolish dorks.” And with that, she tweeted a picture of the image
You can have my nipple, but not my time.
In conclusion, Sherwood writes that when a woman in the public eye is extorted, we should not waste our time, money, or energy dealing with it, hiring lawyers and security professionals, and living with the fear of when and how we will be humiliated. Do the blackmailers contact her via Twitter? “Y’all can have my nipple, but I won’t give you time or money anymore.” I’m thinking maybe they did since she responded on Twitter. She doesn’t specify, but the fact that she noted it on Twitter makes me think so. While some of her Twitter followers asked her to provide social media handles for the blackmailers, she refused to identify their names or provide their locations. She explained that it might be because some of the kids may be dumb. She was very thoughtful when she replied “I won’t want the stupid ideas I had as a teenager to stay with me forever, or else everyone will be able to find me shoplifting T-shirts.” Her response earned her more respect than many would have. My opinion is that her response strikes the perfect balance between not being vindictive and not being intimidated. She also spends no time engaging with the bullies, just defusing their threats. In today’s age of trolls, threats, and endless rounds of online conflict, we can learn a lot from her approach when faced with social media trolls, threats, or content conflicts. It is imperative that we thank Cummings for providing a valuable lesson for all of us who operate online. The Tweets I have posted here have been removed from Inc.com because it is a family-friendly website. She posts them on Twitter, but be warned that they are NSFW. Bert Kreischer, another fellow comedian, responded to Cummings’ tweets by posting an embarrassing photo of his own that he says shows one of his testicles. In addition to its hashtag, Whitney also tagged it with The photo caused many people to tweet that they wish they hadn’t looked at it. You should always click at your own risk on Twitter.