How Cameron Dallas' Sexist Comment Ruined An Important Message About Gun Violence

2 August 2016, 10:34 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:36

We the Unicorns

By Hollie-Anne Brooks

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"

Cameron Dallas Jessica Alba

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.

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 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.

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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