Remember her? That’s Petra Laszlo, the 40-year-old Hungarian camerawoman who was captured on video kicking a 10-year-old Syrian refugee and tripping a Syrian father who had a child in his arms. Well, now she’s suing Facebook and the man she tripped. Why? you might ask. According to Laszlo, “Facebook played a major role in my situation.” There’s a Facebook group titled the “Petra Laszlo Shame Wall” that has about 10 000 members, and Laszlo is claiming that Facebook “helped embitter people against [her].” She’s suing the man she tripped, Osama Abdul Mohsen, because he changed his story; he initially blamed the police for tripping him but later blamed Laszlo.
I don’t think it’s possible to less sensitive to this situation. You were caught on camera for all the world to see kicking children as they ran half hysterical from some very scary police. Your behaviour was so callous I might have thought it a Saturday Night Live skit. And to accuse the man you tripped of changing his story is ridiculous. In the confusion of the day the man may not have had an accurate grasp of who tripped him, but when he saw the video–with the rest of the world–it became clear.
So in honour of this martyr to truth and justice, I will declare today to be “Petra Laszlo Day.” I would encourage you all to go to the nearest children’s hospital and kick, or trip, at least one child and then blame the child for your actions because, well, they’re sick, and sick children bring this onto themselves and if they don’t like it, then stop being sick goddammit. Or failing that, go to your back yard, or a park, and dig a giant hole and stand in it, while blaming the shovel for the digging and the hole. If you complete any of these tasks and provide evidence, I may send you a t-shirt with the caption: “Have you Kicked a Refugee Today?”
Happy Petra Laszlo Day.