Debate ensues after Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller is seen walking bare chested and groped only to retaliate with violence herself. Internet divided.
Also making her tabloid foray is 20 year old Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller who caused disconcert and many eyeballs to go asunder after she was caught on video (see below) pounding a man with her closed fists during an open concert in New Zealand after having moments before being ‘groped’ at (by the creep).
At the time, the American born reveler was wearing a tiny skirt with only glitter covering her chest when the man walked up behind the woman and groped her before running off during the ‘Rhythm & Vines’ festival in Gisborne.
Madeline and her friend Kiri-Ann Hatfield followed the man, threw a drink in his face and began punching him.
Explained Madeline via the New Zealand Herald, ‘I went to my campsite and saw that this hand came up, he got a handful of my breasts, so I went and hit him.’
A state of affairs that divided the Internet with many saying Anello-Kitzmiller, ‘was asking’ for trouble after daring to dress too provocatively. Which is to wonder, can men (and women) be trusted to contain themselves at the sight of sexually charged scenarios and in the instance where they can not- should one heap blame on the object of affection for inciting?
Which of course might be another way of calling someone a slut or slut shaming, inferring that as a sexual object they are deserving of patronizing, verbal or physical abuse or transgression.
A view that Anello-Kitzmiller (and this author) disagree with, with Madeline saying (quite rightly thank you very much!) ‘that no one has a right to touch her body,’ regardless of what she wears.
Told the ingenue via Daily Mail Australia, ‘I stand by my actions and hope that I’ve inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies, no matter how they look,’
Adding, ‘He grabbed my breast. I hit him. There was a lot of built-up anger coming from harassment throughout the day. This happens everywhere, not just New Zealand.’
‘A human’s body is their own, and nobody has a right to touch you without your consent, regardless of what they’re wearing.’
Having said that, many also wondered whether Madeline went too far and took the law into her own hands when she walloped the groper. A course of action that may have diminished her right in some eyes to dress as she pleases (with many now arguing that Madeline had been exhibiting indecent exposure).
Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller: ‘I was abused by both males and females….’
The invasion of her body did not stop Anello-Kitzmiller from having a good time at the New Year’s Eve event and she did not cover her breasts.
Danielle said she was abused by both male and female (any surprise there?) festival-goers the day before the incident, when she was wearing a T-shirt.
Lauding her was Danielle’s boyfriend, Max Ashworth, who shared a photo of the couple alongside the caption: ‘You are such an inspiration and the most bad-ass girl I’ve ever met, love you!’
The ‘Rhythm and Vines’ festival is a popular destination for New Year’s Eve revelers, branding itself the ‘first place in the world to welcome the first sunrise of the new year.’
Each year, 30,000 revelers enjoy a host of musical performances on the Waiohika Estate vineyard, with the event taking place over three days. Where some revelers occasionally becoming overnight international sensations along the way….
The internet reacts to Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller:
And then there were these reactions on the web that caught this author’s attention, see what you think?
‘Most women don’t feel the need to expose their breasts and comparing this woman’s actions to a man’s chest is a stupid argument Men’s chests are not overtly sexual but a woman’s are. Exposing your boobs is attention seeking and whilst I wouldn’t condone the man’s actions, she has to take some responsibility. Like it or not what you wear or don’t wear in this case, gives off signals. I am sick of people excusing their actions by saying it is natural. Well so are many things like going to the loo and childbirth but would you want an audience for these things?’
‘Can anyone honestly tell me that this girl wasn’t expecting attention by going to a public festival full of crowds of intoxicated people, wearing nothing but glitter on her chest? I personally don’t have a problem with the way she was(n’t) dressed, but honestly think she was out looking for a fight, because what she did to the guy after wasn’t simply self-defense, it was also assault. They should be both arrested.’
‘It is alarming to read that so many people seem to believe that a woman is responsible for inviting a rape or sexual assault, because of what she was wearing, what she drank or how she behaved. Rape is an appalling crime and has a devastating effect on victims, and those close to them. In other words, nobody asks to be raped.’
‘While Madeline can claim she is allowed to dress and behave as she pleases, (could a man?) one wonders if she was simply taking advantage of double standards?’
‘If she is guilty of indecent exposure call the police, don’t sexually assault her!’
‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!’