This was seemingly on Reddit first, where there’s a humane discussion of what’s going on here - here’s someone who’s not all that mature of an adult but certainly not a menace to society, in jail for possession of Xanax (if I heard the charges correctly), with no public representation, having to demeaningly face a magistrate through a CCTV feed because they’re too broke to drive prisoners to court… and now she’s going to spend a month in jail - you know, where people get raped - because she made a rude gesture to a judge AFTER the judge already had done something wicked and spiteful and frankly embarrassing to me as a citizen of this country and as a human being.
But no, ha ha, it’s a funny video and it ends up on all the yuk yuk blogs where we can pass our own judgment and laugh about how stupid she is. Lame attribution practices (of the kind that influence opinions and perspectives rather than just fail to credit someone for sharing a YouTube link along the way) are among my pet peeves, but that’s the least of my problems here.
If you knew anything about the criminal justice system or about civil rights law, you wouldn’t be laughing right now. But it’s fine with me if you take the opportunity to read the Reddit thread (yeah I’m not enthused at the “hilarity ensues” context there either) and see the upvoted input from people (some who are professionals in the CJ field) who are alarmed at the perversion of justice and not just amused at the “OHHHHH YOU GOT SERVED!” aspect.