Saturday marked the second annual “SlutWalk” hosted by Amber Rose and Perez Hilton. Of course, MUVA’s friend and partner in crime, a very pregnant Blac Chyna, also made an appearance. And what’s a SlutWalk without a few angry protestors?
According to US Magazine, religious protestors “crashed” the walk with signs and angry shouting. The article states protestors held signs that read “repent or perish.” Nice, right? While there is quite the controversy surrounding Amber Rose, her openness about sexuality, and the SlutWalk itself, these protestors were out of line.
As you may well know, Rose’s walk is geared towards lowering slut-shaming, increasing acceptance of women’s sexuality, and spreading awareness about sexual assault victim-shaming. So, basically, these protestors proved her point. Not only did they prove her point of why the world needs such events, but they also made religion as a whole look bad.
These are the kind of religious zealots that make people shake their heads and say things like “oh, those crazy Christians.” As a believer, the actions of these protestors not only makes me cringe, but also makes me sad and frustrated. No, God doesn’t “hate u just the way u are,” and how dare these so-called believers ever tell someone that. Sigh, these are the very people Amber Rose is trying to open the eyes of and reduce shaming from.
Despite the expected protestors, the walk appeared to be a success. Blac Chyna, who is expecting a baby girl next month, joined the ranks of the SlutWalk and accompanied Amber Rose on stage. She wore a modest nude-toned dress and duster, while 32-year-old Rose sported a sexy black lingerie set and knee-high boots. But they weren’t the only ones turning heads at the walk.
Former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett attended the SlutWalk in support of Rose. Kendra posted a flirty and fun Instagram shot of her swinging on a pole inside what looks like a party bus as she made her way to downtown Los Angeles. The blonde mother-of-two wore a revealing pink lacy number and a pair of denim cutoffs as she happily posed for photos and supported the movement.
The 31-year-old seemed to enjoy herself as she promoted acceptance and understanding at the event. She shared her thoughts about the walk via social media, saying she was excited to be there with so many people and beautiful Amber Rose. And Kendra wasn’t the only one to share in the excitement.
Amber herself was seen crying as she took in how supportive the crowd was to the cause. She later shared photos to Instagram, calling the event “epic.” Indeed, there were plenty of epic moments at this year’s walk. One attended, a male, painted the phrase “without consent it’s rape” across his chest in his show of support. Amber posted his photo on her Instagram with the caption “exactly.”
See, angry protestors, this is what the walk is all about— promoting a safer, more accepting world for women who embrace their sexuality. It isn’t about sex, per se, but more about allowing women to dress and act in certain ways without them being labeled a “slut.” It’s about combatting the age old theory of “she was asking for it” based on a woman’s appearance.
So, protesting such a thing is just nonsense. And protesting it in the name of God is even bigger nonsense. God wants us all to love and respect one another, not tell someone they’re going to you-know-where just because they enjoy wearing low-cut tops and shorts. You don’t even need to dress like Amber Rose or Blac Chyna to support their cause. Just by accepting people for who they are is enough, and showing up with rude signs and t-shirts is not the way to go. In fact, I’m sure this behavior goes against religious teaching of “loving your neighbor.”
We can all recall the moment Rose and Chyna showed up at the 2015 MTV Awards dressed in outfits labeled with common slurs. This, this is what the walk is fighting against. Calling a woman a “slut” simply because of her outfit or even for embracing her sexuality is not only juvenile, but it’s also passing judgment. Something the bible is adamantly against. So, no, these religious protestors at the 2016 SlutWalk don’t speak for religion as a whole, thankfully. Let’s just hope everyone can see past their wicked signs and learn to love one another as intended.
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