Every day we wake up to see different changes to Egyptian society. Sometimes, a new-fangled trend has everyone dressed in a certain manner, or a viral meme makes its way into our everyday lingo. You know what doesn’t change, though?
We’ll tell you – it’s the bullying. Yeah. See, here’s the thing – Egyptian social media and cyber-bullying apparently go hand in hand. Now, don’t get us wrong, this isn’t about commenting on some people’s atrocious behaviour and labelling them as such. It’s actually more about how people online seem to think that taking shots at other people’s appearances and other things they can’t change about themselves is perfectly okay.
“But”, you may want to ask, “when’s the last time that this even happened?” Here’s your answer: a couple of days ago, when Sara Salama’s first post-plastic surgery photos were posted online. Just see for yourself.
Although plastic surgery can change a person’s appearance, it’s not exactly customary for the masses to comment on how someone suddenly looks ‘awful’ or ‘way better than before’ once they see how that person looks now. These kinds of comments are toxic in nature and border on bullying.
We know that ‘bullying’ isn’t a word we should be just throwing around, but what else can you call the hordes of tweets and posts telling Salama that she should regret her surgery and that she ruined her face?
See, this kind of negative feedback isn’t just entitled or invasive; it’s also insensitive because, well, we don’t know what’s even going in the person’s head when they decide to drastically change something about themselves.
When it comes to plastic surgery feedback, the comments are also incredibly ignorant of the fact that body dysmorphia (a mental health condition in which someone excessively worries about imagined/slight bodily defects to the point where it interferes with their life) exists and that A LOT of people, especially women, suffer from it.
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Before some of you reading this adds something along the lines of ‘well, she’s a celeb in the public eye – she should expect this’, we’d like to say that no one should expect to be put under a constant microscope that looks for nothing but flaws. We’d also like to heavily remind you that celebrities happen to be human beings, just like us.
Regardless of anything considering mental health and the twisted nature that feedback takes once it’s posted to social media, the point of this discussion should be clear; If you ever feel like telling someone they look horrible, for literally no reason, just don’t. Simple.