Thanks to the endless possibilities social media offer, users can generate content and with one click they are ready to spread it around the globe. Anyone can have their own TV channel on Youtube or on Periscope (which you totally have to download as this free application is a game changer! Find me @BeautyWithPlus and let’s get connected!)
Thankfully these video contents go through a filter and hate speech is not tolerated. The self-proclaimed comedian, Nicole Arbour also got her video (check HERE) banned for a few days but now it is back to openly shame fat people. Nearly 3 million views reached by this video full of cliches and stereotypes about fat people, openly crossing the line of being funny and rather humiliating. She misinterprets the meaning of body positivity and with exaggerated gestures she demonstrates how she pushed away a fat person sitting next to her on an airplane. She has suggestions though for the problem as according to her the best motivation for fat people losing some calories would be putting their specific parking places at the furthest point of a mall entry. You know, so they walk and lose fat. According to Nicole fat shaming is actually a wonderful phenomena.
And what is my problem with this? Being ignorant in lack of intelligence (both emotional intelligence and knowing of facts) is one thing however if you are a public figure with influence over millions, publishing such a hateful video is dangerous. I get it, she wanted popularity and views by adding sucj a provocative title but fame on the cost of lives? I had only anger while watching her but an emotionally fragile person would react differently. Seeing that being fat is the new discrimination card (as being referred to in the video) just makes me sad.
But I want to mention another video with real values and message which got uploaded recently to Youtube (check HERE). On a busy Idaho market we see a woman wearing bikini with markers in her hand and blind folded. This already attracts public attention and when the camera zooms on her cardboard sign, we all get the point why she is doing that. „I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me, because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a heart on my body”. You may have seen blind folded, free hug videos but this is different. Amy-Pence Brown got undressed, literally and she stripped her soul down in front of us too. Let’s be honest, many of us barely went to the beach without being covered up, let alone imagine standing in a bikini in front of strangers on a market. This made it valid and credible and before anyone gets it wrong, she did not promote obesity. She stood there as a living example of the struggles we all go through on the journey of self-love which contains self-appreciation, self-care and self-respect.
I can only hope that her video will get just as many views and shares as the hateful one. This drives our attention to an existing matter which affects all of us, regardless sex, age or size. Self-acceptance requires various battles in different stages of our lives and if there is only one video you watch today, please check Amy-Pence’s one. It will make you think to look at things differently and encourage you to approach yourself with love and not hate. And maybe we get closer to the solution with one more share to see: self-acceptance is not optional but crucial part to live a happy life.