By now you've all heard of this story. Kathleen Edward, A young girl in Trenton, MI is dying of huntington's disease, an illness that took her mother's life not long ago. A neighbor, Jennifer Petkov has apparently long had disputes with young Kathleen's family and this ongoing feud has lead to some pretty vicious harassment by Jennifer Petkov. Jennifer Petkov placed on her Facebook page photoshopped pictures of Kathleen's face above a pair of crossed bones and also Kathleen's deceased mother being cradled by the grim reaper.
The local media went out to the neighboorhood last week to find out what was going on and asked Petkov why she would think of doing such a horrible thing. Jennifer Petkov appeared on camera smugly standing firm behind her actions, saying she did it because it "rubs their asses raw". She appeared to continue to taunt the family and showed no shame in what she did.
Fast forward a couple days, after the internet outrage machine had set their sights on her and called her out for being such a horrible person, and Petkov has now done a complete about face, now apologizing and deeply regretting her actions. Still some are continuing to call for her blood, death threats and calls to harass and humiliate Jennifer abound all over the net.
We here at People Liking People were also about to jump on the rage train, however after long debate have decided that in actuality Jennifer Petkov is a real American Hero.
Let's look at the facts:
- Nothing Jennifer Petkov did was illegal. She was practicing her rights to free speech. It just so happens that people don't agree with the type of speech she was engaging in, but controversial speech is precisely the type of speech that we must stand up and protect the most.
- Take a look at those lips in her picture there. We here at People Liking People could think of a few things those could come in handy for, and we'd hate to see them go to waste. There's value in each and every human being, despite whether or not you agree with their actions or opinions. (By the way if you're reading this Jennifer, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think a "photoshoot" may be in order here to restore your image and let others see how you want to be shown, not these random pictures the media has been putting out there.)
- She has a good sense of humor. Showing someone's deceased mother with the grim reaper? I don't care who you are, that's comedy gold right there.
- She's got balls. Well, I hope just figuratively, or else my previous comments just put me in the homo camp. But to go on television and stand behind such an action instead of refusing to talk to reporters or lying and say you never did it, that takes guts. And we here at People Liking People like guts.
Petkov has recently come out and apologized, saying she regrets the whole ordeal and never knew it would blow up to be such a big story. We feel that this is absolutely the worst thing she could have done. All the respect we had for her has just been put in jeopardy. If you're going to be a huge ass in public and then stand by it 100%, you have to stick with it and not give in. When you end up cowering, the one thing that turned us on about you - your guts and attitude, crumble within seconds as your tough facade is seen for what it is. We hope this isn't true Jennifer, so please prove to us that you still have it.
Jan 13 2012 We are very saddened by the news that Kathleen Edward has passed away. For someone to lose their mother at such a young age and then be plagued by the same disease... that's tougher than most of us will ever have to deal with in our lifetimes. Yet from the footage we've seen from the media, she was just so full of life and brought a smile to everyone's face just by her presence. I'd like to apologize for defending Jennifer Petkov and making light of the situation.