If you were scrolling through your Instagram around midnight Saturday morning, chances are you came across a picture of Amber Rose’s vagina.
Amber posted a picture of her laying down with her unshaven vagina, starting the hashtag, #BringBackTheBush.
Of course, Instagram removed the picture because it violated their no nudity policy.
She then posted a selfie video captioned, “When IG deletes ur fire ass feminist post but you really don’t give a fuck because everyone already picked it up already” and then she hashtagged her annual SlutWalk.
Even though I love Amber Rose and have supported her talk show “The Amber Rose Show” and her podcast “Loveline,” posting that picture is very problematic.
She posted the image to bring light to her annual SlutWalk which occurs in October.
At her first SlutWalk, she broke down in tears, talking about how she had been slut shamed publicly by her ex-husband, Wiz Khalifa, and ex-boyfriend, Kanye West.
She referenced “For Everybody” by Juicy J featuring Wiz Khalifa when Wiz rapped,”I fell in love with a stripper/but I fell out of love quicker” and Kanye West talking about how he had to take 30 showers after being with Amber Rose, just to be with wife, Kim Kardashian.
Amber Rose claims her SlutWalk allows her to take back the power of the word by calling herself a slut.
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) February 23, 2017
Amber actually went to the 2015 MTV VMA’s wearing an outfit with words that she had been called such as “bitch, gold digger, slut, whore.”
Even though this is the most popular SlutWalk, Amber Rose is not the first to do this.
On April 3, 2011, in Toronto, Canada, over 3,000 people came out for the first SlutWalk to protest when a police officer said, “women should avoiding dressing like sluts.”
This spurred a nationwide, and much needed, conversation about rape culture and what it really entails – victim blaming and slut shaming of sexual assault survivors.
According to organizers, their way of taking control of the word is by coming out and dressing in very revealing, if any, clothes and calling themselves whores and sluts.
The entire point of the SlutWalk is to prove that women have the power to dress however the way they want and that men should be taught to stop objectifying women by cat-calling and other means.
One of their slogans is “Don’t tell women how to dress, teach men not to rape.”
Amber Rose posting a nude picture, and objectifying herself to gain attention for her SlutWalk is contradicting.
In a Twitter exchange with Piers Morgan, who called her post “attentionseekingism,” Amber admitted the post was to get publicity for her SlutWalk.
No @piersmorgan I would video tape you masturbating to my picture while apologizing to me then post that on behalf of feminism 😍
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) June 12, 2017
Her Instagram post sends the message that this SlutWalk is promoting putting your nudes on the Internet because you’re “body positive” and telling young girls that this is the way to get noticed.
Amber Rose went on a rant on Instagram a couple of weeks prior to this, clapping back at someone who suggested she should be a better role model to her kids.
She said it wasn’t her job to raise their kids and she’s a great mom and they shouldn’t be following a 33-year-old on social media anyways.
At the end of the day, she knows who her audience is and should always be mindful of that.
I watched every episode of “The Amber Rose Show,” and I still can’t wait for season two. I’ve listened to every episode of her podcast, “Loveline,” even though I can’t stand the co-host, Dr. Chris.
And I will continue to do so even after her Instagram post. I look forward to hearing what she has to say about it on her podcast this week.
However, using a nude to promote an event and clothing it in the veil of “feminism” is irresponsible and incorrect.