We use the internet every day to communicate with people around the world, but it does have some drawbacks. Comment sections have become a breeding pool for bullies who hide behind fake names and hurl malicious filth at whoever they please. These trolls are often especially cruel to women.
One of the worst issues is the way women are criticized for their appearance. Women are expected to wear makeup as part of "taking some pride in their appearance," but those same critics will call women fake or vain for using “too much” makeup. One YouTuber from the U.K. was far too familiar with being judged by her appearance, so she decided to take off her makeup and address the haters once and for all.
Em Ford is a 26-year-old Brit. A former model, she spends her time crafting makeup tutorials for her YouTube channel, My Pale Skin.
Ford starts out each video makeup free before conducting her makeup tips. While she never had to deal with it much as a kid, Ford has struggled with acne since 2015.
Most of her tutorials are made in an effort to help those who also deal with acne on a regular basis. Despite acne being a common ailment, commenters have seen this as fair grounds to ridicule her.
"The problem with social media is that people forget that there is somebody else at the other end of the keyboard," Ford says.
With each video, Ford received an onslaught of cruel, personal attacks from strangers with nothing better to do than to tear someone down. The stream of hate seems endless.
Ford decided not to ignore this behavior. In a recent video entitled, "You Look Disgusting," she addresses her bullies.
"You have this platform and you can choose to make somebody happy, or you can choose to take somebody's happiness away in one comment," Ford says.
In the video, Ford doesn’t utter a single word. Instead, she lets the comments speak for themselves as she wipes away her makeup.
"I can’t even look at her," and "Her face is so ugly," float on the screen.
It's the last comment, however, that really matters.
At the end of the video, Ford closes with an important message to her fans and haters: "You are beautiful. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Not even yourself."
Over 20 million people have viewed Ford’s powerful video. While acne has made her feel alone at times, Ford doesn't want anyone else to go through her experience. She doesn’t want her followers thinking beauty has only one definition. Since the video’s debut, the hashtag #YOULOOKDISGUSTING began trending as people shared their own struggles with their appearances.
Rather than rip people apart, she is using the tools of the internet to stand up for women everywhere. Just like Ford, her message is beautiful.
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