How JoJo Siwa Stands Up to Bullies

JoJo Siwa, the almost 16-year-old, Nebraska-native JoJo Siwa first became famous by appearing as a reality TVstar on Lifetime’s Dance Moms and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.

She is now more popularly known for her adorable music videos, JoJo merch, sparkles and hair bows, and huge social media following (8.7 million on YouTube and counting!). But everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows for the famous 15-year-old.

One of JoJo’s earliest hits was the 2016 single “Boomerang,” in which she sings about cyberbullying and the courage to move beyond the negativity. Siwa chatted with TODAY Style for the “Why I Love My” series to share how she deals with internet haters and how she’s learned to love her hairline… even if she jokes it’s more of a “fivehead” than a forehead.

Focus on those 10 nice comments, and don’t let that one hate comment get to your day.”-Jojo


Siwa is also known for promoting positivity and anti-bullying messages in her various media appearances, which is something that JCPenney wanted to include in their merchandise line.

Fans of the teen star can expect to see a brightly colored clothing and merchandise line from JCPenney, with shirts, dresses, leggings, and jackets all featuring Siwa. The clothing also incorporates Siwa’s favorite things: bows, emojis, the color pink, and inspirational messages. Other than clothing, JCPenney has also released a merchandise line that includes comforters, bow-shaped pillows, as well as a JoJo doll that can sing.

Her famous bows represent more than a hair accessory, Jojo stated on Jimmy Fallon that, “If you’re wearing a Jojo bow you’re a Siwanator, and if you’re a Siwanator, you are someone who is strong, confident, powerful. You believe in yourself, you believe in everyone….” You are essentially an ally. If you see someone else in school wearing a Jojo bow, you know that you can find friendship with them.

Her advice to other kids getting bullied, “The message that I would give to anyone who was being bullied would be: just be yourself and don’t worry about the haters because it doesn’t matter. Honestly, come back like a boomerang!”

An Artificially Intelligent New Threat to Women

Blackmailing using photoshop has been taken to a new extreme. Disturbingly realistic doctored adult videos are being made with the faces of both celebrities and everyday women.

One woman saw her own face seamlessly grafted, without her knowledge or consent, onto someone else’s body: a young porn actress, just beginning to disrobe for the start of a graphic sex scene. She described feeling nauseous and mortified, “I feel violated – this icky kind of violation,” said the woman, who is in her 40s and spoke on the condition of anonymity because she worried that the video could hurt her marriage or career.

 

Airbrushing and Photoshop have made photos to easy manipulation. Now, videos using ai and animation are becoming just as vulnerable to fakes that look deceptively real.

 

An article from South China Morning Post reported, more on this issue. In their article Deepfake’ porn videos used as weapons against women, they stated, “ Supercharged by powerful and widely available artificial-intelligence software developed by Google, these lifelike “deepfake” videos have quickly multiplied across the internet, blurring the line between truth and lie.

But the videos have also been weaponized disproportionately against women, representing a new and degrading means of humiliation, harassment, and abuse.

The fakes are explicitly detailed, posted on popular porn sites and increasingly challenging to detect.”

The issues and heartbreak that comes out of these videos is never-ending. This can hurt your job prospects, your interpersonal relationships, your reputation, your mental health,” Sarkeesian said. “It’s used as a weapon to silence women, degrade women, show power over women, reducing us to sex objects. This isn’t just a fun-and-games thing. This can destroy lives.”

These videos are also being used as propaganda. One clip went viral for targeting Parkland school shooting survivor and activist, Emma Gonzalez.The clip appeared to be showing Emma alongside three other women, ripping up the US constitution.

GOP activists were quick to share the video as supposed proof of her un-American treachery; in reality, the video showed her ripping up paper targets from a shooting range.

Unfortunately, victims of deep fades have few tools to fight back. Legally this is considered “nonconsensual pornography”, using similar strategies employed against online harassment, cyberstalking and revenge porn.

But experts say “deepfakes” are often too untraceable to investigate and exist in a legal grey area: built on public photos, they are effectively new creations, meaning they could be protected as free speech.

On a slightly better note, websites like Reddit and Pornhub have banned these videos.

For more information read, Graphic ‘deepfake’ porn videos are being weaponized to humiliate women here.

 

Celebrities Get Bullied Too

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We all know about Millie Bobby Brown, the extremely talented child actor who starred as, ‘Eleven,’ in ‘Strangers Things.’ We also know that she had been bullied not just in real life but online by cyberbullies. She was courageous enough to stand up to her bullies and still be positive and spread the message of love and being nice. This goes to show, that even famous people can get bullied, maybe even more so because of being in the public’s eye all over the world. Brown had to delete her twitter because of how hurtful the rumors were, not to mention untrue.

Another actress who has been undeservingly cyberbullied to the point that she had to delete her Instagram account is Kelly Marie Tran. People judge and discriminate to their heart’s content, thinking they have the right to verbally abuse celebrities.

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Kelly Marie Tran was a victim of cyberbullying after being cast in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ She received many racist and sexual comments, alongside criticism for not being the right body type for Hollywood and being a woman. Petitions were signed, memes went viral and she received a lot of hate, which resulted in her deleting all her Instagram pictures, putting up a black and white picture on her profile and updated her Instagram bio which read, “Afraid, but doing it anyway.” People sometimes do not think twice before writing hateful comments online and do not realize how much their words can affect people in a negative way. People tweeted things such as, “The new Star Wars movie…barely has any whites in it. It’s all muds.” It is astounding how racism is still prevalent all over the world, and judgments about people are passed just by looking at the color of their skin.

However, this should make everyone stronger and motivate them to raise their voices louder than haters and bullies. Millie Bobby Brown started a twitter to especially advocate against bullying and spread love, yet we are still spreading hate. Bullying people to the extent that they commit suicide, develop anxiety and get self-esteem issues.

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The public needs to realize that by being nice, you can help cultivate a safe environment, free of bias and insecurity, and help talented people prosper and grow. This will, in turn, benefit the world at large. Instead of breaking people down we need to help build each other up, inspire each other to work on our shortcomings and appreciate the beauty and strengths that we have. Let’s spread love, not hate. A simple act of kindness can start a chain reaction, and really help us stop bullying and spread positivity instead.

How Millie Bobby Brown Turned Around Being Bullied

Millie Bobby Brown, an actress who has shown how talented she is from the mere age of 8, landed her first big role in, ‘Stranger Things,’ when she was just 12. And not only was she the youngest person to get featured on the Time 100, and get awards for her outstanding performance in Stranger Things, but she is also actively supporting a very important cause.

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Brown had been bullied at school by a boy at the age of 7, which caused her to move schools. In an over-the-phone interview conducted by TheWrap, she talked about her experience. “No hard feelings, I got over it, but I did have to move schools because it was very hard, and I felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone. I would talk to my parents of course, but it’s annoying because you don’t want to leave a school where you have your best friends at.”

However, that did not end the bullying. After achieving major stardom, Brown was a victim of cyberbullying, which resulted in her having to delete her twitter account.

Millie Bobby Brown really showed how mature she is by responding to her haters and bullies in a video at the MTV Movie & TV Awards when receiving the award for ‘Best Performance in a TV Show’ with a message advocating to stop bullying. At the end of her acceptance speech, she added: “Since I know there are many young people watching this — and even for the adults, too — they could probably use the reminder that I was taught: if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it. There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you.”

Brown made an account on Twitter, with the handle @Milliestopshate to help victims of bullying and to spread the message of love and tolerance. Her posts were all anti-bullying and aimed to spread positivity in the community. Sadly, a meme was spread around of Brown depicting her as a homophobe. Many people did speak against such a disgusting act of bullying against a minor, however, that experience would be hurtful to anyone.

She rose above the hate with utter grace and really inspired those who are being bullied to speak out. Such courage in someone so young really does make one hopeful for the future of this world.