A video is going viral today featuring some young girls dressed as princesses dropping F-bombs, middle fingers, and tons of attitude. The girls are using shock tactics to try to grab some attention to some issues facing women in our society today. The video is starting to vanish from some areas on the internet, likely from people being offended by the profanity. It can still be found on the FCKH8 website. Warning: NSFW.
The video opens with a few young ladies dressed in stereotypical princess garb saying “pretty” as they lean their faces on their hands. Then one of the little girls opens up the real meaning of the video by shouting “what the f*ck?!”
The girls then go back and forth, exclaiming how people shouldn’t be offended by their use of the curse word. They say that what’s really offensive is how women are treated in the workplace with regard to equal pay. One girl goes so far as to say “I shouldn’t need a penis to get paid.” They then go on to advocate for girls being encouraged to become educated rather than to rely on their looks.
They also go into some statistics on sexual assault and how a woman’s worth is often tied to her looks and body. “Stop telling girls how to dress,” says one girl, followed by another saying “and start teaching boys not to f*cking rape!”
The video will likely raise a few eyebrows. Indeed, at the time of the writing of this article, it was no longer available on Vimeo nor YouTube. Presumably the sight of children using profanity set off a few alarms from notoriously squeamish groups with puritanical views about words that are deemed inappropriate for children. But then, that was kind of the point of the video.
The girls make a very valid point. Our society is weirdly old-fashioned when it comes to the use of certain vulgarities in a public manner. Especially when it comes from the mouth of young children. An interesting social experiment would be to see if the reaction would have been different if it was little boys cussing like sailors. One would presume that it would be a bit less controversial, as cussing is not ladylike in the view of moral guardian types.
The cusses aren’t limited to just some cluster f-bombs either. They aren’t shy about using the word “a*s” a few times, as well as flipping the bird to the camera.
Toward the end of the video, a couple of grown women join the fray for a moment to explain that the girls don’t need their mouths cleaned out with soap. No, it’s “society that should clean up its act.” The women throw a lot of the same attitude as the girls, and they go into their sales pitch for their t-shirt line, the proceeds of which will partially go toward certain charities that help girls and women.
They aren’t quite done yet, however. A boy then comes on, dressed in the same princess gear as the girls. He joins in by imploring boys and men to stop telling boys to “stop acting like girls,” as it implies that being a girl is somehow worse than being a boy. Then one of the girls comes back on, waves her middle finger and shouts “f*ck that sexist sh*t!” Then the girls start throwing money into a swear jar, still gleefully cussing the entire time.
The shocking tactic seems to be working. The girls and their vulgar ways are garnering a ton of attention with their f-bombs and middle finger waving from all around the web, both positive and negative.