Fashion critics create a hostile environment

By Karina Ultreras

Nowadays, everyone is a critic. Social media is the perfect outlet to share opinions to a number of people.

With that said, it can be problematic when the entertainment industry gives a platform to select people to spread hate and negativity to the masses. The entertainment world is focused on judging every single move a celebrity makes including fashion. From whom they are wearing to the color combination of their shoes, nothing is left unsaid.

Fashion critics who stray away from the garments to intentionally bash physical appearance do not deserve to be heard. There are too many issues on physical appearance and beauty standards in today’s society that these so-called fashion critics are touching on, and their critical judgments add fuel to the flame.

A television show that garners lots of buzz and is guilty of bashing celebrity looks is “Fashion Police,” broadcasted on E! Entertainment Television. Name-calling, bullying and racism have all been seen on this show from several hosts.

Kathy Griffin and Kelly Osbourne are former hosts that quit the show because they did not agree with the discrimination.

“I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference,” shared Griffin on Twitter.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. However, the problem is when the opinions are put out into the world to cause harm to others.

Joan Rivers was well known for her shocking humor. The late host bullied many celebrities throughout her years on the show with insensitive remarks. Rivers once questioned if an actress had a yeast infection after not agreeing with the dress she was wearing.

This type of criticism is ridiculous and pointless. They are given a stage to say these offensive comments just to get a few laughs. When they see someone that appeals to them, their compliments typically include the words “amazing,” “beautiful” or “fabulous” ” words with no real depth on the actual fashion garments.

Some defend “Fashion Police,” saying it is all in good fun to poke fun at celebrities. However tearing people down should not be considered “fun” at all. Hosts of “Fashion Police” and other fashion critics are just being plain mean and crossing lines.

Criticism is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it is needed for development and growth. This is where these critics and hosts fail: they only share personal opinions, which lack constructive qualities.

Not all of them possess a level of expertise in fashion, and frankly, their comments do not have merit to express a constructive critique. Pointing out an error and suggesting a positive alternative is much more constructive and meaningful.

Expressing one’s opinion is totally fine as long as it is productive and not malicious.

If some is wearing a lot of makeup, they could suggest toning it down instead of calling them a clown.

Did everyone forget that fashion is subjective? Some follow each trend religiously, while others could care less and march to their own style. There is the argument that celebrities are public figures, but more importantly, they are humans. They might not wear a fitting silhouette or color for a certain occasion, but it is just clothes, and they should not be condemned.

There is a ton of negative reviews and critiques out there and not enough praise or recognition. A small compliment can help someone with his or her self-esteem and confidence.

If you don’t have anything nice to say or have constructive criticism, don’t say anything at all.

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