In public relations, there is a saying, “There is no bad publicity.” Well, the PR geniuses might want to reconsider that, thanks to a recent YouTube video.
It starts out with a woman named Annaliese Nielsen. To give you the Readers Digest condensed version of her biography, she runs a porn site and an elite Facebook group called Girls Night In where it’s an echo chamber of Leftist drivel. Think “The View” but with more actual viewers.
One night, Ms. Nielsen decides to record a ride from a Lyft driver because she got offended. Was the driver rude? Not really. No, the driver’s real crime was…having a hula girl bobble head on his dashboard.
If you want to look up the video on YouTube, be my guest, but I bear no responsibility for any heads exploding at just how stupid Ms. Nielsen’s modern feminist drivel is. (Here’s a taste: she calls Hawaii a continent, and that’s probably the most intelligent thing she says in the entire video.) But aside from being moronic, offensive, degrading, privileged, and sounding like a valley girl getting paid by the “like,” I’m sure she’s a lovely woman.
Now, before I get into the really fun part of the video, let me make a simple point. We have a woman who runs a porn site getting offended by a hula girl bobble head? And she doesn’t even see the irony, if not outright hypocrisy, of her point.
Throughout the video, Ms. Nielsen threatens to make her video public, saying she would put it on Gawker. You know, Gawker, the website that is pretty much dead in the water thanks to Hulk Hogan dropping a judicial leg drop on it? Maybe the video came out before the Gawker decision, but still, it’s not exactly a threat with teeth. So what if the video went viral on Gawker? It doesn’t exactly hurt the Lyft driver’s image, but it makes Ms. Nielsen out to be an absolute bitch trying to start a fight over a piece of plastic.
On another side note, how pathetic is your life that a hula girl bobble head makes you feel bad?
Although seeing how other YouTubers rightly mocked Ms. Nielsen was pretty good, I have something even more delicious; she might have broken the law.
Under California law, it is illegal to record or listen in on any confidential communication without the consent of both the party doing the recording and the party being recorded. Why does this tidbit matter? Because Ms. Nielsen apparently lives in Los Angeles, California, and she stated she wanted the Lyft driver to take her to her home. Oops!
Although the video didn’t start from the beginning of the Lyft ride, there is no consent given by the driver during the running of the video prior to or after Ms. Nielsen advised him she was recording him. Without that consent, Ms. Nielsen broke the law.
But here’s where it gets better. There is another woman heard in the video discussing the matter with Ms. Nielsen and coming to the same conclusion most sane people would: Ms. Nielsen is nuttier than squirrel feces. Another party who didn’t overtly give consent prior to the reveal, and that means…she broke the law again.
And the cherry on top of this “I Should Have Kept My Big Mouth Shut” sundae? Ms. Nielsen sent copies of this video to friends…and it was eventually leaked to others outside of her group for all of us to enjoy.
Needless to say, Ms. Nielsen’s recent fame, or more accurately infamy, is going to take a while to overcome. Maybe she should try Uber next time.