Yesterday, we expressed our disgust by the mainstream media trying to highlight Zoella as some sort of unacceptably promiscuous young lady by posing a picture of herself wearing PJ’s on Snapchat. Her body and appearance was shared and ripped apart across multiple news websites, essentially slut-shaming Zoe for uploading a confident snap of her in a long sleeved white t-shirt and some comfy looking Calvin Klein boxer-briefs. But it didn’t stop there…
Thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter, fans of Zoella and feminism in general decided they weren’t having it anymore and started the trend #WeStandWithZoe. It started off as a destination to send their love and support towards Zoella at her time of need, but it quickly descended into the body-positive #1 trend on Twitter, with both viewers and YouTubers posting their own imitation “panty-pose” to demonstrate their solidarity.
However, since the trend started last night, mainstream media have continued to churn out their heartbreaking news stories, with some outlets putting together totally unrelated and incorrect information to try and isolate Zoella even further. If you read the Daily Star this morning, you would be led to believe that Zoella has NOW been nominated for ‘Sexiest Social Media Star’ by Victoria’s Secret AFTER posting her “sexy” Snapchat selfie. But that’s just not true.
However, if you’re an avid reader of our site and enjoy knowing the truth, you should already know that Zoella was actually nominated for the award last week – the 18th of March to be precise. You can read our full coverage here, but make sure you check out those dates. She was 100% nominated BEFORE her “scandalous” selfie was uploaded, so why are they still gunning for Zoella?!
If you watched Zoella’s Snapchat story over the past 24 hours, you’d also be aware of that fact that she discovered a mysterious looking black car at the end of the street. The car, which she did not recognise at all, had been sat outside her house for hours – it turned out to be a member of the paparazzi waiting patiently to steal a picture of Zoe leaving her house. Luckily though, she was with her friends and was able to sneak past the camera, but not before feeling “totally unsafe” in her own neighbourhood.
Last night, the #WeStandWithZoe trend warmed our hearts as we saw dozens of YouTubers and thousands of Zoella’s fans come together to demonstrate how powerful and emotional Team Internet could be. Unfortunately, some fans got slightly TOO excited and forgot that sharing photos of themselves copying Zoella’s infamous selfie would actually be defined as ‘creating and distributing child pornography’ if they were under 18-years-old.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), here is a direct quote from the Sexual Offences Act; “On the 1 May 2004, the definition of a child was altered from a person under the age of 16 years to one under the age of 18 years by section 45(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003”. So for anybody reading this RN; please, if you’re under 18 and have uploaded a selfie, go and delete it. Express your love and support with kind words.
But that’s enough of the negativity. Let’s have a look some of the posts from our favourite YouTubers as they rallied together to support #WeStandWithZoe last night: