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WTF: When Tanning Goes Terribly Wrong

1:11 pm - 05/02/2012


Recently, a New Jersey mom was arrested for allegedly allowing her six-year-old daughter to catch some rays in the tanning booth after her daughter told the school nurse that her sunburn came from “tanning with mommy.” Although the mom said her daughter’s sunburn happened the old-fashioned way—playing outside—authorities weren’t buying it. They charged Patricia Krentcil with Second Degree Child Endangerment, and she’s now fighting to clear her name.

Despite Krentcil’s claims that she didn’t allow her daughter to hop in the tanning bed, a crime for anyone under the age of 14 in New Jersey, there is one thing that has to be working against her case: Her face.

(link to vid, as lj doesn't seem to like the embedding script)

Judging by her appearance on camera, Krentcil has spent many a day in the booth, so much so that I thought she was in blackface when I first glanced at the accompanying picture.

While child endangerment is a serious charge, I couldn’t stop myself from laughing hysterically as Krentcil explained the situation to her local news affiliate. I give them props, though. Throughout the entire news report no one mentioned her noticeably leathery skin or the fact that she looks utter ridiculous with her burnt sienna skin and too-blonde hair.

Although I can’t really comment on whether or not she endangered her child, judging by Krentcil’s skin she looks like she’s done enough damage to herself to last a lifetime.

Source.
spyral_path 2nd-May-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yes it is mean to point and laugh, but even if she does have underlying issues how is she supposed to have any incentive to address them if everyone just keeps a straight face while talking to her and pretends what she's doing is okay because it's her choice? She looks really bad and what she is doing is not healthy.
mercaque 2nd-May-2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
What the hell is this comment? As if the only two options in the whole wide world are a) pointing and laughing or b) nothing.

Be mean to somebody if you want, but don't kid yourself that you're doing them some kind of favor.
kitanabychoice tw for fatphobia?2nd-May-2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Pointing and laughing doesn't work anyway as far as changing people's behaviors. I walk at least a mile every day on my lunch break but I'm visibly fat so people can't tell that I do this. I get people who yell "fat bitch" at me out of their cars all the time. It happened most recently last week. And in a really special case, I had someone lean out of their house and call me a fatty when I was JOGGING by their house.

Those people pointing and laughing didn't make me want to try harder to lose weight, it just made me hate people.
ultra_obscene84 Re: tw for fatphobia?2nd-May-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
WTF? That is horrible. People are such assholes to do that to someone. Sorry you had to deal with such fuckery.
soleiltropiques Re: tw for fatphobia?2nd-May-2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my, that's so terrible.

Some people are such assholes, I can't even. I'm so sorry you had to deal with this.
gothic_hamlet 2nd-May-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Pointing and laughing at someone is not the way to effectively deal with mental or health issues. Or are you part of the portion of society who enjoys poking fun at overweight/underweight people too?
spyral_path 2nd-May-2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm really not, and when losing or gaining weight or recovering from an eating disorder becomes as simple ceasing to use a tanning bed, I'll accept your analogy. She put her daughter in danger and apparently doesn't even know how to prevent or treat a severe sunburn. I'm having a hard time mustering sympathy for her.
gothic_hamlet 2nd-May-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/body-dysmorphic-disorder/DS00559

Not that it excuses her behavior regarding her daughter. But seeing as you've already admitted that she likely has underlying issues, I still don't see why pointing and laughing is the appropriate way to stop her obsessive tanning.
effervescent 3rd-May-2012 05:55 am (UTC)
I doubt that at this point, she's simply never encountered anyone who has the guts to say something to her about it. I'm sure she's encountered stares and laughs, too. Mockery doesn't actually work nearly as effectively as people want it to, it just makes people miserable.
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