One morning recently a little boy woke up and put on a t-shirt that said "Sorry, girls, I only date models." Then, what do you know, he bumps into a real-life model! At the airport the boy ran into Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a Victoria's Secret Angel and actress on Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Of course, when your kid meets someone famous, you snap a photo ... and when that photo gets uploaded to Reddit, it's bound to go viral.
Which is exactly what happened. Check this thing out:
"My cousin met a Victoria's Secret model at the airport," read the Imgur caption written by his presumably much older family member. From there, the pic quickly went viral and elicited a slew of "Aw, how cute!" comments.
Um, does anyone have a problem with this? For starters, let me be clear that the boy is certainly not to blame: he has no idea what his t-shirt means, or its implications. But his mom and dad sure do -- and more to the point, that's not a message we want to send our little boys!
Because if you peel back the cuteness, you've got a misogynistic message that men should only date hot women -- regardless of their own looks -- and that women who fall anywhere short from a "10" on the attractiveness scale will never find a partner. It portrays women as worthless without beauty, and men as superficial... in short, no one wins.
While this little boy may not understand the words on his t-shirt right now, sooner or later, it will sink in. Plus it's being broadcast to many older kids and adults who do get it right off the bat.
Bottom line: Parents should think twice before dressing their little kids in t-shirts with "funny" sayings that, when you think about it, may actually send the wrong message.
Do you think this t-shirt's funny or offensive?
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