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The awful truth behind this trending challenge.


I've never been one to be swept into a trending challenge on social media. You didn't catch me pouring ice cold water on my head, or singing or doing whatever. For the most part, I just stayed out of it, but the #dontjudgemechallenge was different. On the surface, it was a decently good idea: spread awareness not to judge anyone for anything. Then it turned into drawing your face to be "ugly," then hitting the camera and all of a sudden you're "pretty."

With the rates of teenage suicide rising, I fully agree that something must be done. People need to realize that words stick. Things you say to people will stay with them. If someone is self-conscious about a physical feature, or an inability to do something, why would you taunt them about that? Why would you make it worse? What do you get out of that? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

My problem with the #dontjudgemechallenge is not to ruin fun. It's to make people aware. First off, you are putting marker on your face. That can't be good, in itself. You draw "ugly" features all over yourself in permanent marker. What if you couldn't get them off? Now, wouldn't that be a plot twist. Aside from drawing on your face like a toddler that got a hold of Mom's stash, you are drawing acne on your face. I'm sure, at one point, you had acne. No one has absolutely perfect skin. I'm also sure that someone pointed it out -- a sibling or friend. How did that make you feel? Awkward, embarrassed, uncomfortable. So now, you decide to draw acne on your face to make fun of others with acne. Well news flash -- you're making fun of yourself, too.

Next, everyone seems to be wearing glasses in these videos. So, now, glasses make you ugly? Someone is ugly because they can't see well. Also, not everyone can get contacts, like myself. A lot of people have only reading glasses. So am I ugly because I can't read without glasses? And one day when you're older you will probably have to get glasses. So do you think you'll be ugly?

Lastly, I've seen all types of things on these videos: Q-tips in ears and noses, uni-brows, hair fixed all crazy. But none of these make you look ugly. They make you look out of your mind. One of my biggest problems with this is the camera tap, and all of a sudden you're "pretty." All of the things you made fun of can't be fixed with the tap of a camera. The people you made fun of are left feeling worse about themselves while you are getting praise about how pretty or hot you are. Well, you may be pretty on the outside, but you're ugly on the inside.

I didn't write this to burst anyone's bubble. I realize that everyone probably had fun doing this challenge, but you need to think about the consequence of your actions. Imagine how you would feel if making fun of your insecurities trended. it would be hard. Additionally, the faces at the end of all the videos make a lot of people extremely uncomfortable. Like me.

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