Post # 1
Tonights news did a story on the “Am I pretty/ugly?” videos that young girls are uploading to the internet (like YouTube and the like). They’re basically asking “everyone” to comment whether they’re pretty or ugly. They say things like “Be honest, I can take it”. The story showed a few of the comments left on some of the videos and they’re heartbreaking. I somehow doubt that these girls can appropriately handle responces like “You’re disgusting. Join weight watchers, fatass” or “How could anyone ever love that?”. I’m sure some of these girls are just doing it for attention and flattery but how counter productive. It’s so sad. I would be devastated if my hypothetical daughter had to take to the cruel interwebz in a desperate attempt to boost her self esteem.
Has anyone seen or heard of these videos? What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I hadn’t heard of them but that is so horrible.
Post # 4
ugh, I have seen people post something like that on facebook where a girl asks for “likes” if you think I’m pretty or whatever and of course people leave comments as well.
I would never and pray such a thing never exists if I were to have a daughter some day down the road !
Post # 5
I would be devastated if a young girl I was close to did this. I don’t think there is anyway you could ever talk them out of believing the things those people said.
Post # 6
I haven’t seen or heard of those but there are pictures that teenagers post on facebook comparing one girl to another and asking who is prettier…it’s pretty disgusting and these parents need to talk to their kids about it because it’s ridiculous…
Post # 7
I think more often than not people make cruel comments because it’s so ridiculous that the person is asking in the first place, that they almost feel like they’re making a point with their sarcasm.
Post # 8
I heard of them a while ago on Dr Phil or something like that. It’s totally heartbreaking. I’ve never watched one or looked for one because I think the comments would just make me so livid. I feel so sad that today’s youth need so much validation from other people to make themselves feel worthwhile or beautiful, and that beauty is determined solely by their appearance rather than by who they truly are. Teenage years are hard enough, why do we feel the need to make it that much harder?
Post # 9
I haven’t heard of these videos but I think the parents need to be a little more on the ball when it comes to things like this.
Post # 10
@MissThespian: Definitely. Parents need to be more diligent when it comes to their kids online lives. Some of these girls look like they’re barely 13. Kids that age shouldn’t have free reign to upload whatever they want to the internet.
@MsPoodles: Exactly. The person leaving those nasty comments is just doing it because they think it’s funny but something like that could literally mean the difference of life and death for an unstable kid. A few years ago my school district had more than 5 student suicides caused by bullying. It’s not a laughing matter but some of these little assholes still don’t understand that.
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: & @Eva Peron: Yea, horrible.
Post # 11
@bakerella: I didn’t watch any videos or read the comments either. The ones I listed were just some that were featured in the news story. They said that the ones on the actual videos are considerably worse and they couldn’t even show them. I can only imagine.
@KristenGotMarried: I agree that it’s ridiculous that these people feel the need to seek the validation of complete strangers but it’s still unfortunate that people feel the need to leave such hateful comments.
@Juliepants: Totally agree. The internet is a scary place. These types of things need to be monitored much better than they are.
Post # 12
I have never seen a video like this and I hope to God I don’t. That’s absolutely heartbreaking that a girl feels the need to ask a bunch of strangers via internet if they’re pretty enough or not. Sigh. I sure hope none of them take this too seriously and do anything to harm themselves. I will be flagging any videos/comments I come across.
Post # 13
O my just went and watched some of these videos…Why would anyone do that. That is so sad!
Post # 14
@Rouquine: Of course they’re taking the comments seriously. If they’re insecure enough to post the videos, they’re going to dwell over each and every one of those negative comments.
Post # 15
@UpstateCait: Naturally, but I mean to the point that they would do some drastically and harmful to change or whatever the case may be.
Post # 16
Does anyone remember the Hot or Not craze from the early 2000s? It reminds me of a much crueler version of that.