Billboard apologizes after being slammed for ‘sexualizing’ North West in tweet

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Billboard’ apologizes for North West tweet.

Word to the wise: If you’re a social media writer thinking of posting a slut-shaming, unnecessarily sexualized caption about a two-year-old, call your editor? (Or your therapist? The linked article describes a viral video in which North’s nanny leads her past a throng of paparazzi – to which she murmurs, “I said, ‘No pictures.'” Billboard’s tweet was attempting to draw comparisons between North’s disregarded request for privacy and Kanye West’s documented disdain for the paparazzi. Earlier this morning, Billboard apparently posted a picture of Kim Kardashian holding daughter North West, who is licking a lollipop, along with the caption “the apple doesn’t fall from the tree.” The post itself details an incident where the paparazzi tried to snap a picture of North West and the poor besieged toddler shouted “no pictures,” so naturally Billboard decided to post said unwanted picture, and add a degrading caption to boot. The tweet was deleted shortly after and replaced with the line “North West is already pretty sassy (but in a cute way),” which is better — but frankly not much.

Social media users remained unmoved, questioning the sincerity of the apology and highlighting the publication’s ostensible failure to acknowledge North’s call for boundaries as valid.

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