The ‘Don’t Judge Challenge’ Is Actually Really Judgmental

Don T Judge Challenge Is Actually Really Judgmental

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.

https://instagram.com/p/41pw4-FVl5/?taken-by=dontjudgechallenge.best https://instagram.com/p/41wv4Nlqxc/?taken-by=opheliesnoopy https://instagram.com/p/4zekqrqhWU/?taken-by=chancefawley

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.

https://instagram.com/p/41nl_jDHS9/?taken-by=elena_devinci

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.

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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:

https://twitter.com/Kaaaat__/status/618243018055749632 https://twitter.com/sahyouniecornx/status/618343543707467776 https://twitter.com/Ken_draster/status/618229075312652288 https://twitter.com/enchantrxss/status/618423088959627264 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.