Cali lawmaker slams ‘slut shaming’ attackers; won’t be blackmailed with ‘lascivious, drunk’ pics from Burning Man

A California city councilwoman has come out fighting against blackmailers she accused of “slut shaming” her into dropping out of the race for the November election.

Rachel Hundley fired back with a video at critics who released photos of her in “lascivious, drunk and drug-addled behavior” at an arts and music festival.

 

“Last week I was threatened by an anonymous coward,” Hundley, who is also a former Sonoma city mayor, said in a YouTube video that has over 36,000 views.

She went on to describe how she received an anonymous email accusing the 35-year-old of being “immoral and unethical” while suggesting that she drop out of her race for reelection.

According to The Washington Post:

The now-disabled website, called “Rachel Hundley Exposed,” attacked Hundley for her stance on divisive issues while mayor of Sonoma. It contained photographs mined from Hundley’s social media accounts, including some showing her in a bra and underwear and working at Burning Man, the famed art and music festival. The site, supposedly created by an organization called “Sonoma Citizens for Peace and Cooperation,” called Hundley a “cruel and demented person,” who was “a cancer” that needed to be cut from the community.

 

“What was especially disturbing in this era of Me Too was the attempt to slut shame me for celebrating my body and for my attendance at Burning Man,” she said in the video, acknowledging that she has attended Burning Man and managed a wine bar associated with a “consent-focused, sex-positive theme camp” at the festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

The website, Hundley noted, was designed “to make me afraid, to silence another strong female voice by scaring me out of this election and denying you the right to make a choice.”

“Instead of debating me on the important issues facing Sonoma today, my family is being threatened for who I am friends with and what I choose to wear,” Hundley said, adding that “strong women” have been fighting against double standards for years as they have been “controlled’ by being told what to wear, say and do.

“I am here today to tell my faceless bullies that I cannot be shamed into quitting because I am not ashamed,” Hundley said in the video that she felt compelled to make.

“I realized there were two paths I could take,” Hundley told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I could continue with the campaign and ignore it all, or I could acknowledge that this is something that happens to women all over the country, and is something we should talk about.”

“This is a volunteer position, it takes a lot of time,” she added. “The website not only hurt me but hurt my family. I did consider the weight of it. But this is something I enjoy doing and want to do for another four years.”

The candidate has reportedly been met with a wave of support from her community following the release of the video which she told the Washington Post caused her such anxiety that she vomited the morning it was to be released.

“I wasn’t sure if this was going to blow up in my face,” Hundley said.

“I believe that talking about this happening removes all of the power that it has,” she said. “Once that video was released into the Internet ether, I felt like I’d done what I needed to.”

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