Hermon Raju, 'Well-Educated' Metro-North Lady, Compares Internet Mockery to Rape

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The New York University graduate who berated a Metro-North conductor for simply asking her to quiet down and quit using foul language is seeking PR help, but Hermon Raju's letter requesting image assistance, as obtained by the Daily News' Gatecrasher, only makes her look worse. Predictably, she claims there's "a lot more to the story" than what the video shows and admits she was advised "not to speak to the media." That would've been smart. Instead, her letter to a PR firm was leaked and is probably more offensive than her initial temper tantrum: "I can honestly say I feel raped by the Internet," she wrote, cluelessly.

"I feel like I have been robbed of everything, including my identity," Raju wrote about the aftermath. "I am not seeking fame or notoriety," she assured. "I just want my life back." By "life," she means her social network profiles -- LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter -- which she deleted when her video went viral.

"Excuse me, do you know what schools I've been to and how well-educated I am?" Raju asked in the notorious video. She has attempted to suppress copies of the clip, but it's not working because this is the internet. Here's one, for a refresher on rude, and here's another (just in case).

Ms. Raju, if your Google Alert leads you here, let us give you the only PR lesson you need: a Wikipedia link to the Streisand effect, "a primarily online phenomenon in which an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely."

Now be quiet and go away.

[NYDN]

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]



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7 comments
Mike Dubose
Mike Dubose

She's 'well-educated,' yet she misspelled 'profanity.' Ha.

Jimmyjubes777
Jimmyjubes777

I am sorry I have to side with the upset Indian lady. Metro North conductors are always on a power trip. Do they really need two people to kick a female off a train just because she was swearing on a personal call? Metro North customers are just that, paying customers. Why should they be harassed by Metro North conductors. Just leave people alone and collect the money. I find they are usually looking for a problem.

Epac
Epac

I'm sure all the people who have actually BEEN raped would love to thank her for her contributions. If this is her idea of "being educated", then she's illiterate.

Movielover
Movielover

She's a gross pig.  I bet even her family can't stand being around her!

Kyligan
Kyligan

Jimmy--You've got it all wrong in this case. She was blabbering on phone loudly for nearly an hour (insider friends of hers revealed she was a bit drunk), EVERYone was asking her to keep it town but she rudely told everyone to "mind their own business" (as if that's possible when she's blasting her business everywhere), finally all had to complain to the conductors. The conductor here kept her cool, which is plain to see, and she even needed male backup because Raju was so stubborn and argumentative. My guess is that your argument is due to the fact that you've been confronted by conductors for the same behavior, and you feel they're "beneath" you, too, and that you've got a right to talk as loud on the phone as you want, too, yes?

Drstud
Drstud

She's anything but gross. I know exactly what she needs to gentle her down.

I would LOVE to be the one to give it to her.

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