How Cameron Dallas' Sexist Comment Ruined An Important Message About Gun Violence
2 August 2016, 10:34
Cameron Dallas has landed himself in a little bit of hot water thanks to some comments he made at the Teen Choice Awards. If the awards themselves weren't already without drama, Cameron has added to it by apparently making a rather misogynistic joke against actress Jessica Alba- and essentially overshadowed Jessica's emotional message about gun violence.
The drama unfolded when Cameron- who has just won the Teen Choice Social Media Star Award- took part in a press interview. In a series of light-hearted questions, Dallas was asked whether he would rather use Justin Timberlake's toothbrush or that of actress Jessica Alba: "I would honestly choose Justin Timberlake just because I don't know where Jessica's has been"
The comment- which many see as being sexist or even "slut shaming" Jessica- has caused outrage on social media with news outlets and Cameron's own fans demanding he respect women more.
cameron dallas decides to slut shame jessica alba meanwhile she speaks out about gun violence lol no time for your irrelevant little boy ass— charlize-allison (@flyawaychar) August 1, 2016
What cameron dallas said about Jessica Alba wasn't funny at all.— Yosie (@ctyoselin) August 1, 2016
theee FUCKKK did cameron dallas just say bout jessica alba?!?!— Victor ⬇️ (@NormaniLikeThat) August 1, 2016
However, Cameron's fans have come to his rescue and supported the star. Many believe the comment was sarcasm or a silly off-hand comment that meant nothing.
"Cameron Dallas slut shamed Jessica Alba" lol wtf y'all need to learn what humor / sarcasm is— miriam (@mercifulcam) August 1, 2016
ik ik it was a joke u are a great guy don't worry I will allways support u— Yadira Ramirez (@YadiraR380) August 1, 2016
Cameron himself later took to Twitter to explain exactly what he meant by the apparent joke, as well as thanking fans for voting for him in the Teen Choice Awards.
Yo it was literally a joke, I love @jessicaalba and would share a toothbrush with her till I die lol— Cameron Dallas (@camerondallas) August 1, 2016
I JUST WON SOCIAL MEDIA KING THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!— Cameron Dallas (@camerondallas) August 1, 2016
Whether the Jessica Alba comment was meant to be offensive or not, the entire situation overshadowed the fact that Jessica Alba gave a stunning and emotional speech at the Teen Choice Awards about ending gun crime across the globe.
Through tears, Jessica stands with Ne-Yo and victims of gun violence and pleads with people to take a stand against gun crime and gun violence.
Instead of the focus on the intelligent, moving speech that Jessica made, Cameron's throwaway comment has made the most impact on social media. Instead of debating whether the comment was anti-feminist or whether Jessica herself is offended, surely we should be spreading a positive message about ending gun violence and sharing the video of Jessica Alba's speech as much as possible?
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