Well, this is one way to garner internet fame...
A dancer from Portland, Oregon is the latest of America's best and brightest to go viral for hurling racist invectives.
The incident happened in a parking lot when Selina Cairel had just gotten some of Portland's famous Voodoo Donuts and was returning to her car. Sierra Dawn Measelle, an exotic dancer alleged to work at several local Portland nightclubs, began harassing her "in the most demeaning Poor excuse of a supposed "Asian" accent," as Cairel described it.
"She's Asian, she can't see that's why she can't drive," Measelle said (because internet racists are congenitally incapable of original thought). Even after Cairel began filming Measelle, she continued.
The video was shared first to Cairel's Facebook account and then to Twitter, where it quickly went viral
This just happened in Portland, Oregon. Racism exists. Y'all gotta wake up, can't believe this happened in my own c… https://t.co/zAEBkmeS7P— Mowgli (@Mowgli) 1536802446.0
"Before you say anything you might wanna make sure you're actual legals, and then call the cops," Measelle says, to which Cairel responded, "About what?"
"That you're illegals crossing the border. And your parents probably had to work for f*cking dirt just to get here," retorts Measelle.
"I normally don't share anything around here but I'm very upset," Cairel said in a Facebook post describing the incident, noting that she tried "to knock some sense into" Measelle, but after realizing her efforts were futile, "I just let her speak."
Measelle clearly didn't care about repercussions in the moment. But since then, she deleted or made private all of her social media accounts.
After internet users doxxed her and made public the names of Portland-area establishments where she supposedly works, adult clubs all over the city have been taking to social media to disavow her as a member of their staff.
We’ve gotten several phone calls and Facebook posts tonight at Casa Diablo regarding Sierra Dawn Measelle. For the… https://t.co/FtiuQ2LXAS— Casa Diablo (@Casa Diablo) 1536816647.0
On Twitter, outrage was swift and hot, especially from Portlanders.
In Portland Oregon This racist woman started verbally attacking spewing racist and xenophobic rhetoric at women o… https://t.co/I7ELb0WLz5— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded) 1536811933.0
@OsccBreezy1 Oh HELL no— anNIe! (@anNIe!) 1536816843.0
Yeah I'm brown but I'm willing to bet she'd happily take my money if I walked into that club right now. Even though… https://t.co/1rJsuRRuyy— Mowgli (@Mowgli) 1536862918.0
But others were quick to point out that Portland's open and progressive reputation is oftentimes just that—a mere reputation.
@_SJPeace_ I live here- I’m not surprised. I’ve had people yell “Ni***r” at me while I was walking or driving.— Vonda Page (@Vonda Page) 1536813341.0
And some, of course, couldn't help but mock Measelle.
@OsccBreezy1 @glitterslvt_ ☠️ https://t.co/xuL4Is3Ts0— 𝒥 𝒲 👑 ♒︎ (@𝒥 𝒲 👑 ♒︎) 1536806926.0
@OsccBreezy1 $20 for a 90-second lapdance, but babygirl out here tryna disrespect people from a Hyundai https://t.co/hF2Cz2gB0C— Bryan Carley (@Bryan Carley) 1536864361.0
Sierra Dawn Measelle - congratulations, from this day forward when you Google your name this Racist video is what p… https://t.co/Xhr9G8vc8l— & Individual 1 (@& Individual 1) 1536867458.0
But others debated the ethics and effectiveness of publicly shaming racists.
@BayyBeeBella @OsccBreezy1 @TheLadyGabby Or... it will start to work as a deterrent, making people stop and think b… https://t.co/4QIXnpjiaA— Alice Evans (@Alice Evans) 1536896262.0
More about Measelle was unearthed by the internet sleuths like: her prior criminal record for disorderly conduct, possession of a controlled substance and violating open container laws.
For her part, Cairel had just one final thing to say to Measelle and her ilk. She shared a photo of her United States passport on Facebook and promised that she's "legal."
Could someone please let Measelle know?
And also share a sterling piece of advice a friend of mine loves to give:
"Shutting up is free!"