Stop Letting Melanie Martinez Off Easy Because She Is A Woman

Stop Letting Melanie Martinez Off Easy Because She Is A Woman

Rape is not exclusive to any gender.

Melanie Martinez, an American Electropop singer, has been accused of rape by her former best friend, Timothy Heller. Many of the responses I have seen to this news are extremely concerning. An overwhelming amount of comments on Heller’s post where she recalls the night that Martinez raped her were from Martinez’s fan base. They refused to believe Heller’s story and adamantly defended Martinez because they felt that they knew the “real her” and that the entire story was made up for attention. There were other fans that went as far to say that even if Martinez had raped someone, it does not matter because as loyal fans, they should support her through anything.

Being a fan of someone should never cloud your judgment. Celebrities have to be held accountable for their actions just as much as any other person. Martinez’s fans should not even be labeling themselves as fans anymore since it has now been revealed that she is a rapist. Continuing to defend her and say you will still be a fan only puts her in a position of power over her victim.

I was also a fan of Melanie Martinez. I thought her music was catchy and that her look was unique, but none of that mattered once I found out that she had raped someone. Heller’s story is much more important than any sort of connection I felt that I had to Martinez’s music. I understand that it can be difficult to let go of an artist that had a positive impact on your life, but her true colors have been shown and sticking your head in the sand will not change that. Attacking Heller because you do not want to believe her story is hateful and pathetic. No art is more valuable than the life of another person.

And to the people that felt high and mighty for never listening to Martinez’s music or becoming a fan of her, you are missing the point. You are not superior to the people that had been fans. Prior to Heller having the bravery to come out with her story, nobody knew that Martinez was a rapist. It was no one’s fault for labeling themselves as a fan in the past because everyone assumed she was just a nice girl that made good music. The only actions that matter is the ones that people take now. If someone still supports Martinez even though they know she is a rapist, then that proves that they are a horrible person and that they do not care about human rights at all. However, you cannot criticize people who were fans but then left her fan base after discovering the news. The only people that should be receiving backlash are Martinez’s fans that have been sending hate to Heller.

Heller’s account should be believed and met with an overwhelming amount of support. It does not matter that Martinez is a woman or that she is a celebrity. A rapist is a rapist and she should be punished. Sending death threats to Heller for speaking up solves nothing because it silences other victims and makes them fearful to ever come forward with their story.

The public needs to take Heller’s story seriously. A common belief is that rape can only happen if it is a man raping a woman, which is why so many people have been dismissing Heller's story. Rape is not exclusive to any gender. Just because we hear about men raping women the most does not mean that other cases do not exist.

I commend Heller for being much more courageous than I have ever been, and I hope she gets the justice that she deserves.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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