Whitney Blackmail

Just when you thought the Whitney Wisconsin “saga” couldn’t become more bizarre, the whole situation appears to have taken a new twist.

Multiple people on twitter appears to engage in blackmail in quite a public manner. A few (!) examples:


What makes this so baffling is the fact that blackmail is a crime in just about any country on this planet. In the US:

“Whoever, under a threat of informing, or as a consideration for not informing, against any violation of any law of the United States, demands or receives any money or other valuable thing, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

I doubt anybody would be thrown to jail for blackmail involving $500 or $1000, but all it would take was a single police report and the police would be more or less forced to investigate.

A few more:

The big question is – are these tweets real blackmail (albeit small scale ones) or is this yet another quite brilliant publicity stunt by Whitney? Because of this:

I am leaning towards publicity stunt.

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