I love it when I get fired up whilst reading the internets. It happens ALL THE TIME and it’s usually pretty good fodder for the blog. This is no exception. There’s a movement out there (on twitter as #youlookdisgusting, hence the # or heavy sign) called You Look Disgusting. It’s about blogger Em Ford who was harassed for posting a no makeup selfie while she happened to be sporting acne. OMG!! HOW DARE SHE! DISGUSTING. The fact that people wrote her comments such as: “I can’t even look at you” and “you look disgusting” gets me so pissed I could spit (and I am! Watch out! My venom is poison!). This is completely unacceptable behavior. Who the hell are these internet slugs?
First off, I’ve had acne much of my life and it frankly sucks to deal with. We’re talking about your FACE here. You know, that piece of you with which you have to face the entire world? You know, the part that allows you to speak, see, hear, eat and express emotion and language to every other person you come in contact with? You know, that thing that everyone around you looks at and speaks to whenever you go anywhere or do anything? You know, it sort of does “all the things” and thus its kind of an essential part of your ability to be a PERSON in the WORLD. Your face is basically the portal by which you experience the world and it experiences you. To be judged because you have acne is crushing. So having a handicap, such as many red, ouchie, erupting volcanoes, can really really mess with both your head/self-esteem and your desire to be a part of a world that would say such things as: “you look disgusting.”
I’ve had my fair share of hate from people who have never had acne and just generally ignorant people with no empathy or understanding. They think because they’ve had one pimple, once, that they “get it.” ACTUALLY, YOU DO NOT GET IT. Until you’ve had a face full of large red embarrassing sores that cause you to want to curl up in a little ball and never face the world again, YOU DON’T GET TO TALK TO/HARASS ANYONE ELSE ABOUT THEIR FACE.
The weird dichotomy here is interesting too. Makeup is apparently fake and false advertising, however to go around without and with acne is disgusting and gross. Hmmm. Also someone in the comments of the article I was reading said that if people took better care of themselves through eating and cleaning their face they wouldn’t have a problem. Again, hmmm. FALSE.
The commenter acted like people with acne bring it upon themselves and have failed to seek out appropriate solutions. Excuse me, if you had this problem you would search out and try every solution ever offered by science and more than likely only a few of them would make a dent. Acne is hormonal, genetic, all things that YOU REALLY CANNOT CHANGE. And Sir, your comment is extremely ignorant and insulting. If my “feeling hellish fairy” could gift you with a face full of painful embarrassing hormonal acne, you’d be covered right now and we’d see how much your “washing” and “eating right” would help you out. Hmm…and would he choose to wear makeup? The hypotheticals are intriguing.
I really think, as I view the world, that there are too many people who have had far too little suffering. It makes me want to persecute you hard, you “perfect life” little darlings (but I’ll refrain cause I know what it’s like) because suffering, persecution and hatred make us (the persecuted, long suffering) better people than those of you doing the persecution. Those of you who have never had hard life lessons, you are failing at life. And even if you’ve had hard life lessons and you’ve failed to learn empathy, you are still sucking at being a successfully mature and enlightened human. You are the ones who are disgusting.
I can’t even look at you because you are so hateful and ignorant and lacking in empathy and love for your fellow humans who are JUST LIKE YOU. I can’t wait until something bad happens to you in life and you finally get a clue as to what it feels like to be an odd person out or someone on the other end. I hope to god you come out a better person with empathy and understanding because then your suffering may actually have had a purpose and not have been for nothing. It’ll amuse me to no end when you start looking for us to empathize with you and your plight, whatever it may be.
And to those of you who have experienced persecution, your soul is better, brighter, your empathy is stronger and you are a more beautiful person on the inside. You have absolutely NO acne or scars inside you! You can let your insides show all the time without shame (and no makeup necessary!). I should know, I grew up with all the right ingredients for teasing including glasses, braces, bad skin and mental health issues and I know it has shaped who I am today. So while I may have acne on my face, which has nothing whatsoever to do with what kind of person I am, my insides are acne free, your insides (which represent who you are on a much deeper level), internet slugs, are so covered in red unsightly sores I can’t even see who you are. I hope you get the chance someday to grow to a place where your thoughts and comments are beautiful too.
I think Em is beautiful and her video is really touching and amazing. Check her out at http://www.mypaleskin.com