While scrolling on social media, you’ve probably come across pictures of a young man with blue eyes, wearing a suit and a black mask, standing in a law court.
But who is Cameron Herrin, and what did he do, and why’s he going viral?
Cameron Herrin is a 21-year-old man guilty of killing the 24-year-old mother, Jessica Reisinger Raubenolt, and her 21-month-old daughter Lillia Raubenolt.
He was street racing in 2018, and now he’s facing a 24- year sentence.
According to investigations, Herrin was driving over 160 kph when he hit the mother and her daughter.
He pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony, and illegal racing, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Herrin’s family and lawyer tried to defend him in front of the court, but Jessica’s family and husband stood up against them and disapproved of their claims and the excuses they’ve provided.
So what’s the social media users’ response to this? They sympathized with him!
Cameron took all over the internet, absolutely not because of his case but his appearance. Most people showed empathy to his case and claimed that he shouldn’t be sentenced to 24 years, “too much for an accident, “they said.
Many people – especially Tik-Tok users in the middle east- showed unreasonable support for the criminal just because he looked handsome and ‘innocent.’
Moreover, they justified what he did and called it an accident, although racing in the street is not an accident at all, and it’s intentional. It’s common sense that when you drive a car at such a crazy speed, you could crash into a car or hit someone and cause fatal damage.
What if the man was average-looking? would he be receiving this amount of attention and support from young girls?
It’s difficult to say yes and very hard to deny that beauty privilege exists and will drive some people to sympathize with whoever has it.
Sympathizing with criminals isn’t something new.
We’ve seen it happen before in 1979 with Ted Bundy when several women sent him fan mails while being put on trial. We’re talking about a man who killed over 30 women, but he still gained sympathy and support from these women.
In fact, during the 70s, America faced a major serial killer epidemic of who were mostly celebrated as rockstars, even till now.
Just a few months before Herrin’s case takes it to TikTok, Isabella Guzman, an 18-year-old who killed her mother by stabbing her 79 times, was a trend for on TikTok, where people imitated her movements in court.
Doctors testified to the court in 2014 that Guzman was schizophrenic and had suffered disturbing delusions for years.
On TikTok, people were sharing her footage from the court and imitating her with the song “Sweet by Psycho,” where her mental illness was downplayed.
The mental illness that caused her to stab her mother 79 times!
The case of Cameron Herrin proved we are still having an issue with romanticizing criminals, sympathizing with them just because they look decent while forgetting that beauty should never make you get away with committing crimes unpunished.
Younger generations need to act more responsibly and have a sense of accountability. Instead of sympathizing with the criminal, they should direct that sympathy towards those who lost a family or dear friend and think about how severely they’ll grieve their loss forever.
After this massive twist and arguments about Cameron Herrin and his car accident, do you still think that beauty privilege doesn’t control our thoughts, opinions, and relations with people?
Aya Salah and Mennah Mohamed