Whether we admit it or not, we’ve all done it. We’ve all, at one point in time or another, slut-shamed, body-shamed, general life-choice shamed another person. Sometimes we’re putting our personal beliefs on others, sometimes we’re just being mean, and sometimes we invent rules and scenarios for when it’s okay to do so (for example, Jenna Marbles’s infamous “sluts” video came out at the same time as her breakup, which we found out later was because of him cheating on her—it’s not fair, doesn’t make it okay and blames these faceless girls rather than the man who stepped out, but, fuck, I’ve been there—haven’t you? It’s easier, right? Even though it’s awful?)
And, I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to admit you’ve done something wrong.
That’s why it’s cool that Cher has done just that.
In an interview with USA Today, Cher waxed philosophical on Twerkgate ‘13, saying “I’m not old-fashioned. She could have come out naked, and if she’d just rocked the house, I would have said, ‘You go, girl.’ It just wasn’t done well. She can’t dance, her body looked like hell, the song wasn’t great, one cheek was hanging out. And, chick, don’t stick out your tongue if it’s coated.”
On one hand, I think a lot of people might agree with Cher. Especially on that tongue thing; seriously, get a scraper. But, it wasn’t cool to say. And Cher knows it, which she admitted yesterday in a series of tweets.
Warning: these tweets are written in Cher-enese, which our feeble brains might not quite understand. DON’T TYPE-SHAME HER, PEASANT.
In an ideal world, we won’t attack anyone for petty things like looks or perceived sluttiness, and we won’t vilify attention-seeking behavior from people whose jobs are based upon getting attention (seriously, LET IT GO, it makes you sound old). But, for now, I think admitting you said the wrong thing is a pretty OK way to go. Snap(out of it!)s for Cher.