The ‘don’t judge challenge’ is actually really judgemental

If you’re a human being that has used the Internet/social media in the past few days (*raises hand*), you’re probably familiar with the “Don’t Judge Challenge” that’s blowing up right now. It’s where people, namely #youths, upload videos of themselves as “ugly” versions of themselves, then hold their hands up to the camera only to reveal their “true, beautiful” selves.

But let’s look a little closer at the message behind this social media metamorphosis. Several videos feature the same scope of qualities that we’re ~ supposed to think ~ are “unattractive,” like glasses, acne, gap teeth, thick eyebrows and facial hair.

These videos reinforce dehumanizing and damaging beauty “ideals” — that if a person has one, or any number of these qualities, he or she is “undesirable” — a caricature of a person who deserves ridicule rather than a living, breathing one who deserves respect.

What’s ironic is that some people claim the initial ambition of the challenge was to “combat body shaming.” If this is true, the fact still remains: fighting bullying with more bullying only creates more victims.

Thankfully, some folks on social media are calling out the challenge’s flaws:

http://daydrheamin.tumblr.com/post/123426559926/if-you-did-the-dont-judge-challenge-and-drew-on

The ball’s in your court, Internet. We’ll be watching.