Who attended Slutwalk and expect to see a bunch of activists walk? I know that I did, or at least hoped to witness a slew of empowered individuals march while giving zero fucks about who/what society thinks/says. Their body; their choice. To each their own. Have a problem? Avert your attention elsewhere, or escort yourself off the premises. Negativity and abusive language are not welcome here. However, on Saturday October 1st, tons of people participated in this year’s 2nd Annual Amber Rose Slutwalk held in Pershing Square. The hosts of this year’s festival were Perez Hilton, Frenchie Davis, Toni Romiti and Joanne the Scammer. With sponsorship’s from VH1, Flirt Cosmetics, Fashion Nova, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Beats by Dr. Dre, among several others.
Upon entering, each attendee consented to being photographed, filmed or recorded. Participants also granted the Amber Rose Foundation to photograph and exploit their likeness, voice and/or other sound effects in and in connection to the production, promotion, publicity, advertising, etc. If you didn’t agree with the following, then don’t enter the premises. It was that simple.
Rules to Slutwalk (to ensure safety of all participants) were:
- Participation: You must be 18 years of age or older. Being here means you agree to any and all event waivers
- Keep It Clean: Participants must avoid obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually offensive language
- Don’t Threaten or Abuse: Threatening harm, injury or threats or any kind toward another person are not tolerated
- Be Respectful, Be Nice: No racism, sexism or abusive language that is degrading to another person or group
- Be Good Citizens: Even though we are passionate about our cause, its is the goal of the Amber Rose Foundation and the Slut Walk event to respect our neighbors, the property/facility and the community
The SlutWalk movement originated in 2011 in Toronto when a police officer told a crowd of college women if they wanted to avoid sexual assault, they shouldn’t dress like “sluts.” This sparked a worldwide campaign that outraged women and men nationwide. Since then, Slutwalk has now become a global movement with grassroots success in over 200 countries in taking a stand against sexual injustice, victim blaming, and derogatory labeling. In 2015, the Amber Rose Foundation took over the reigns and started the Amber Rose SlutWalk Festival – an all-inclusive non-profit event that plays a monumental role in the movement towards gender equality and sexual injustice.
Personally, the event was a success. The only downfall was the fact that this movement seems to now be exploited for reality TV. As a women and feminist, I would’ve preferred to witness a ton of passionate activists parading through the streets of DTLA. Instead, most of my time was spent by the pink carpet waiting for C and D list celebrities to walk it before throwing in the towel. I would have missed out on so much if I didn’t. There are so many beautiful beings residing in this city of angels, supporting one another, while speaking their voice. Simply making an overall statement just by being there. You are here. No one can take that away from you. Your body; your choice. For more information on the Amber Rose Slutwalk visit their website, or keep up with the cause by following @Slutwalk_LA.
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