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  • Nikki Mantell

Amos image could have been any of us

Ask Will Amos if there’s anything funny about the nude image incident, and the answer is no. In our interview with our MP, he was unequivocal: sure, some people may be telling him to “laugh it off,” but there’s nothing amusing about being publicly ridiculed on an international scale.

Many of us did laugh. At first, the headlines about an MP caught naked on ‘candid video camera’ during a House of Commons question period seemed ridiculously funny. On the surface, it appeared to be an innocent technology gaffe that so many of us are experiencing under this new, Zoom-dominated, work-at-home life. (Who hasn’t seen a towel-clad hubby in the background of a work meeting?) Was it not in the same vein as the hysterical lawyer-arguing-his case-with-a-cat-head video that went viral just a few short weeks ago?

No, it wasn’t. And it took many of us a few days, and a call for a parliamentary investigation, to figure that out.

That image could have been of any of us. Cameras are in our private spaces invading our personal lives all the time now, and will continue to do so after the pandemic. Images live forever on the internet, and heaping public ridicule on individuals has permanent and devastating effects.

In Amos’ case, all theories point to a case of dirty politics, and whomever shared the naked image intended to harm his reputation. Amos is a seasoned politician now with a thick skin; he’ll get past this moment — in time. After all, he’s a good and decent person who takes his job as our MP very seriously — he doesn’t deserve to be eviscerated over an innocent mistake.