A reader sent me this and I’m pretty flabbergasted by it. The “social media image sharing website” 9Gag has this on the top of their sidebar this morning, and it’s pretty disgusting.
I edited the image because I’m sure you can logically guess that at the cut it shows either the body of the actress or a photoshopped body of the actress.
For those of you unfamiliar with this young woman, it’s 17-year-old Chloe Moretz who starred in movies like the remake of Carrie and Hugo and Kick-Ass. With 31,526 up votes and over one thousand comments, I’m pretty sure you can guess how disgusting they are. Here’s a sample:
And a few voices of reason have chimed in:
There is a lot of talk about whether or not the above image is photoshopped, but I think that’s not the point. the fact that an underage girl is being promoted as ‘Puberty strikes to its full potential’ and users are discussing her breasts is pretty awful. According to the listings for 9gag:
9GAG is a Hong-Kong based startup with an open and collaborative platform that makes life more fun by giving people the fastest and easiest way to share and spread visual entertainment.
With more than 65 million unique visitors and more than a billion page views per month, 9GAG has the most actively engaged user community of any humor website.
On the sidebar of their website this is their top featured post. If this actress were over 18 it would be creepy and sexist, but considering she isn’t I am not even sure it is legal. Even if this website is driven by user submitted content, someone in charge had to move this post to the featured items.
This is a popular website with over a billion page views per month. They are obviously making money off it, and off the idea that underage girls are something to be sexualized. I think we are all pretty aware that there is a lot of creepy stuff on the Internet, and just because it’s on a popular website and not hiding in the dregs of the deep web that doesn’t make it any better.