‘Glitter boobs‘ were a huge fashion trend last year and saw hundreds of women going topless at different events with sparkles covering their breasts. But unfortunately for one woman, this drew some unwanted attention at a festival in New Zealand – where a bloke groped her and ran off.
The topless woman who was groped at Rhythm and Vines claims she has received death threats since the incident and that there is a “hate” campaign trying to have her deported from New Zealand.
Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, 20, whose breasts were covered in glitter when a man grabbed her from behind at the festival in Gisborne, said people have even launched a campaign to have her deported.
Footage from the festival showed Madeline and her friend Kiri-Ann Hatfield following the man before repeatedly punching him.
Initially, Madeline uploaded a defiant video blog on Facebook saying she will go topless again as her breasts are “not sex toys“.
While some praised the 20-year-old for sticking up for herself at the Rhythm and Vine Festival, she’s drawn some serious criticism on social media.
Madeline told New Zealand’s 1 News:
“People have taken the time out of their day to message me saying that I’m disgusting, that I should be ashamed of myself.
“Somebody claimed to start a petition that already had 900 signatures to get me deported.
“I want to say that I was proud of myself and that I had a right to do that [be topless].”
Madeline and make-up artist Jolene Guillum-Scott, 22, launched the Glittery March for Consent walk in the wake of the initial attack.
They were hoping to have plenty of women marching through Auckland’s streets with glitter boobs aplenty to let the wider community know that just because they’re on display, doesn’t mean they are opening themselves up to be stared at, groped or worse.
But in just 24 hours, they became even bigger targets for online trolls, with some alluding to killing her while others have made vulgar comments about her body.
One person wrote:
“I’m gonna be there with my car.”
While another added:
“Get your white privileged ass out of our country, we don’t do that here.”
The Facebook event, according to the New Zealand Herald said:
“Nobody has the right to touch you without your consent – it does not matter what the circumstance may be, your body is yours, and nobody has the right to take that away from you.”
Dozens of people eventually turned up to the event and even had a few blokes join in with bare chests. Protestors yelled ‘no means no’ along with ‘yes means yes’ to make it perfectly clear what consent means.
Auckland resident Elise Leslie told the Herald:
“It’s really important to stand up for other women in our community and look after each other.”