Since the Total Fucking Assholes post has gone over so well, I’ve been thinking a regular feature is in order, and this morning, I found the perfect inaugural TFA(s) of the Week.
Jennifer Petkov is the 33-year-old neighbor of 7-year-old Kathleen Edward, who lost her mom to Huntington’s Disease last year and is now dying of it herself. Like Lori Drew, the TFA who created a MySpace account just to humiliate a depressed 13-year-old girl, contributing to that girl’s eventual suicide, Petkov apparently enjoys tormenting children online. According to CBS News:
Petkov admitted to WJBK News in Detroit that she had posted ghoulish art work of the child on her Facebook page. The picture showed the Kathleen’s face – eyes closed and tongue lolling out – with a pair of crossed bones beneath it.
Petkov also admitted to posting a Photoshopped image of Kathleen’s mother cradled by the Grim Reaper.
But despite the headline about “cyberbullying” — and the media’s general tendency to act as though the internet created relational aggression — Petkov’s real-world viciousness was even more ghastly: She and her husband “decorated their pickup to look like a hearse, strapped a homemade coffin on top, and drove it back and forth in front of the home Kathleen shares with her father and step mother. Petkov said it was just a Halloween prank.”
Of course it was.
Experts offer opinions on what might drive grown people to harass a dying child (up to and including the pernicious influence of reality TV, I shit you not) but I think we all know what “[possible] severe narcissism with an antisocial element” means in layperson’s terms: Total fucking asshole. I really don’t have any other words right now — but I’m not sure I need any.
ETA: Having read that the Petkovs have received death threats, I want to point out that if you make such threats, or otherwise harass someone, you are also a total fucking asshole.