Proud2Bme | Don't Underestimate This Girl: Kate Nash is Taking On Body Bullies

Don't Underestimate This Girl: Kate Nash is Taking On Body Bullies

"I've been spending a year and a half meeting teenage girls who just hate themselves," says singer Kate Nash.

"They're really insecure about the way they look, and at the age of 14, dismiss the idea of becoming a musician because of the worry about how the media would treat them," she recently told The Guardian.

Nash says this should be a "wake-up call" for all of us. Yes, young people are bullying each other. But the way she sees it, our culture is setting a terrible example, again and again proving that toxic appearance-related snark is the norm, not the exception:

"[T]here was this girl I spoke to in Liverpool who was really sweet – tiny, pretty blond girl, beautiful voice, but so shy. She would sometimes skip the [after-school music] class, too scared to come, and I found out that she'd been terribly bullied at her last school. They'd created a Facebook page about her, just full of hate. Everyone slagging her off, really nasty stuff. And it's not like adults can say to those kids: That's not OK, you can't do that. Because we're setting the standard. We watch the grand finale of The X Factor, and we get all these rejected contestants coming on to sing – possibly people with a disability, certainly the elderly – and we all just sit and laugh at them. And then we buy gossip magazines, slagging off celebrities for walking down the street looking human, saying: 'Urgh! Look how disgusting and gross they are! They're fat and they're ugly, or they're too thin, look at their wrinkles and their crow's feet.'"

Thank you, Kate, for telling it like it is. It's time to Stamp Out Bodysnarking!

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