While most of the world is completely and totally disgusted with the behavior of Rutgers students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, their friends are rallying around them and continue to support them in the Tyler Clementi case. Most of them insist that what Ravi and Wei did was nothing more than a “bad mistake.”
A bad mistake? Really? Streaming a live video of a student during an intimate moment and then making fun of that same student all over Twitter is nothing more than a mere mistake? Are these people blind to the fact that Tyler Clementi ended his life over that mistake?
Spilling a can of soda is a mistake. Accidentally knocking someone over is a mistake. What Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei did to Tyler Clementi is a crime.
No matter how disgusting their actions were, their friends are continuing to support them. A neighbor of Ravi said, “He is a very good kid, very respectful.”
Another friend of Ravi insists that “(He) is not the type of person who ever bullied anyone…I can’t recall any time he was mean.” I’m assuming this person was referring Ravi’s character before the incident with his roommate, Clementi.
Molly Wei has her own supporters as well. One of her friends insists, “She is one of the nicest and most caring people I know…She never picks fights with anyone nor was she mean to anyone.”
Another Wei supporter added, “The only thing I can make of it is that she was at the wrong place with the wrong people.”
One girl, named Rayna Sua Guo, has known both Ravi and Wei since the seventh grade. Of their act against Clementi she said, “They didn’t think about the consequences or rather didn’t expect their actions to result in the death of one of their peers.”
Facebook pages have been set up in support of Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei. Whether or not they will be charged with a hate crime still hasn’t been determined.