Remember that whole female empowerment movement that the U.S. has been pushing for the last century?
Yeah, that just encountered a setback.
Movement artist Ezama received a huge wave of internet backlash when she posted a video of herself and a toddler dancing near a pole. Here's the video that supposedly confirmed what a terrible mother she is:
The video was reposted by an Instagram account called The Shade Room, and the internet promptly lost its mind. So, the first ironic thing is that Ezama posted this video specifically to celebrate Mother's Day and to give a purely supportive and empathetic message to mothers everywhere:
"Whether you have physically birthed babies or taken the responsibility to Love, nurture, and care for a specific child or children or person needing Motherly Care and Guidance, HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to you all! It takes a village to raise and child and I thank all the mothers who have taken me in over the years and allowed me to be apart of their families and inspired me to do the same in my life (with my Little Love of my life above!) 🙌🏾😍 I am forever grateful for your humility, open hearts, and sacrifice! You all go into the best Mothers ever category simply for doing what was necessary, but no required! Thank you thank you thank you!"
So what exactly is the problem with this video? Trolls called her out for "stripping" in front of her child, which she very obviously isn't doing. In fact, she's pretty clearly focusing her attention entirely on her child, and she's teaching her kid how to be healthy and to take care of the body with exercise. But yeah, no, she's definitely a really neglectful mother...
This is a perfect instance where social media morphs into something seriously insidious. The only pro to all of this is that it inspired a healthy debate, with sites like Refinery29 lashing back in her defense, arguing this valid point: "These criticisms almost all come from a place of both unnecessarily demonizing actual strippers and sex workers and unnecessarily sexualizing a child. Society already hypersexualizes far too many young girls, especially young Black girls, both in the media and on the streets. And it's time to put a stop to it."
Preach. Ezama wasn't stripping. She was having a beautiful moment with her child, and maybe some trolls should take note in the future.