The internet is not responding well to an article on Vice promoting the “pimple positivity movement.”
The article, titled “How fashion is embracing the pimple positivity movement we desperately need,” rails against the habit of trying to curb acne.
Now that facts of nature like cellulite and menstruation have finally entered mainstream conversation, isn’t it time we also, finally, remove pimples from the circle of shame?
Pimples likely aren’t going anywhere, so we may as well embrace them.
The article goes on to praise a number of celebrities, like model Starlie Smith, for going against the idea of healthy skin by portraying acne “in a positive light.”
Vice’s article concludes:
If we’re going to prove that the current body positivity movement is more than just skin deep, we need to extend our embrace of our skin — in all its variousness — beyond the catwalk and social media.
Pimples are a natural part of being human, it’s time we let them shine.
This article has not been received well by many social media users — including those on Vice’s Facebook page.
The backlash has spilled over onto Twitter as well.
@VICE what the fuck. Next week on vice. “Why we need to embrace people who masturbate in public.”
— tom ocasek (@tomocasek) March 19, 2017
@VICE we’re desperately in need of a pimple positivity movement???
— KENNY (@Kengine) March 19, 2017
@VICE Pimple positivity ???????????????? I thought this was a parody when I saw it shared by someone else.
— Emily Dill ☕️ (@emilyreads247) March 20, 2017
@VICE not everything is cool or needs to be embraced by everyone everywhere.
— Lulu Lapin (@Lulu_Lapin) March 19, 2017
@VICE is there now a movement for every minutiae problem that we have in life?
— Niaomi (@Niaomiii) March 20, 2017
@VICE this is embarrassing. Pimple positivity? I had pimples, they went away, being a teenager is supposed to be difficult
— Heavy Creamer Scoop (@bigmistake17) March 20, 2017
— Red Pill Revolution (@RedPillRe) March 20, 2017
@VICE this is desperately needed?!!! Next in news, laziness is secret to success. Who knew?
— Bill Leighton (@LeightonGWH) March 20, 2017
@VICE this can’t be real
— Travis Riley (@travezriley) March 19, 2017
@VICE Next genital warts positivity. “It’s natural and beautiful guys”
— jplay (@jplayyyy) March 19, 2017
@VICE pimple positive!? For fuck sake!
— Keego (@nkeegan) March 19, 2017
@VICE Not everything has to be validated, my dudes.
— ai (@leavdran) March 20, 2017
@VICE This is getting really pathetic, guys.
— James Brown (@ReaIJamesBrown) March 20, 2017