You Look Disgusting – my views on THAT video

You Look Disgusting
I’m not one to keep up with everything that’s going on in the blogosphere and I’m the first to admit it. I don’t keep up with what Zoella and Alfie are doing or which YouTube stars are hooking up with each other, etc etc. I’m so busy with my day job plus my blog plus my family plus my social life plus the gym that I don’t really have time to keep up with everything that happens. I don’t even have blogs that I religiously keep up with, I only read blog posts that are going to interest me.

So when I was at the #EastMidsMeetUp yesterday and the lovely Emmie from Carpe Diem Emmie started talking about the Em Ford from My Pale Skin You Look Disgusting situation, I had no idea what she was talking about. Emmie showed the rest of the East Midlands blogger the video on YouTube and I could barely believe my eyes.

If you haven’t seen the You Look Disgusting video yet (and over 5 million people have!) you might possibly have been living under a rock just like me. So here it is…

You Look Disgusting

I felt so shocked after watching You Look Disgusting that I watched it twice more when I got home and even showed Mr P (he didn’t seem to care quite as much as me though). The video uses quotes from social media which Em Ford received when she posted pictures of herself without make-up on, showing her skin for what it truly is. Yes, she has acne and like any other girl she isn’t perfect but she loves make-up and applying make-up and shows how she covers her acne using it – which is a real skill. As someone who still suffers with my skin (I’m way too old for teenage skin), I’m in complete admiration of her.

Quotes left on social media include:

  • You look disgusting
  • Her face is so ugly
  • Seriously…has she ever washed her face?

Ok, so first of all – Em was really brave to post pictures of herself without make-up on, especially showcasing something she (and millions of others, including young girls) is perhaps insecure about. The one and ONLY time I’ve ever posted a picture anywhere of myself with no make-up on is for the No Make-Up Selfie challenge and the lighting was terrible and the picture was filtered to the max. So good on her! Secondly, her handling of the situation was more than commendable – instead of getting into slanging matches with all her critics she made the You Look Disgusting video and posted a dignified response on her blog.

We’re all different – life would be boring if we were all the same. Plus, beauty is subjective. What one person finds attractive, other people don’t.

The most shocking thing about the You Look Disgusting video for me were the comments after the make-up transformation:

  • This is why I have trust issues
  • This should be illegal
  • Imagine waking up next to her

Make-up isn’t pretending to be someone else or lying about yourself – it’s something we have to enhance what we already have and to have fun with how we look. It isn’t fraud, it isn’t untrustworthy, and it isn’t disgusting. We’re girls and this is what we do.

Women have enough to contend with and challenges to face – unequal pay, juggling a career plus a family – we face repression and oppression at every turn and so we should be supportive of each other and not using each other’s flaws to put each other down. Just like that scene in Mean Girls – if we call each other sluts and whores, it makes it ok for boys to call us sluts and whores.

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2 Responses

  1. Ruth C says:

    I also found this video upsetting – giving this sort of abuse to someone because of their bad skin doesn’t seem that different to hurling abuse at someone because they are disabled. Apparently Em was on ‘This Morning’ today – amazing that one You Tube video can led to such high-profile ‘mainstream’ attention!

    • samantha says:

      It really seems to be something that everyone is united in their opinion on…however, where are all the people who were trolling her before? Seems like they’re keeping quiet now!

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