by G. Brown
Lesego “Lee” Legobane is an accomplished young woman…she’s a blogger and photographer. Legoband is also a model…a plus sized model who posted many of her photos online.
When user Leyton Mokgerepi came across one of Lee’s bikini clad images instead of seeing art he saw a chance to body shame the model as the butt of his joke in a meme captioned “Girls that I like vs. Girls that like me.”
Girls that I like vs Girls that like me pic.twitter.com/3TDfKVs7bo
— Leyton Mokgerepi (@imleyton) September 19, 2017
Maybe Mokgerepi was hoping for just a lot of likes or retweets. What he got was called out for trying to body shame the plus size model…
I said what I said. You’re allowed to like one thing over another. I just don’t agree with basing beauty on one specific such as weight
— LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS (@Dopest_Panda) September 20, 2017
Picture of the girls who actually like you after this post: pic.twitter.com/LXRMvkQXUd
— Chad (@ItnHmn) September 19, 2017
— 2K-Low (@tookaylow) September 19, 2017
Girls that like you pic.twitter.com/8aqpsaKEIB
— Jay Rod (@MemoirsOfAGeisa) September 19, 2017
While some commenters tried to drag Mokgerepi from his troglodyte era of measuring a woman with that outdated and unrealistic ruler of Barbie doll standards, many were content to get personal and let Mokgerepi know that he doesn’t measure up either…
The meme joke seems to have misfired so completely that several commenters are now fans of the plus size model…
But the one on the right is way prettier??
— LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS (@Dopest_Panda) September 19, 2017
I mean what’s the difference both are beautiful
— Dex (@watts_dexter) September 19, 2017
But without a doubt, the best response came from the woman who was in the eye of this Twitterstorm. Lee…who goes by the handle @ThickLeyonce… buried Mokgerepi with four simple words…
…Spoken with the confidence and snark of woman who knows who she is. Some tried to defend the guy who created the meme saying he has a right to voice his opinions about the type of woman he prefers or finds attractive. He absolutely does have that right! No one is disputing that. What provoked the wave of criticism was Mokgerepi’s attempt to put down one woman (and essentially all women) who don’t fit into his definition of beauty. He did so by trying to mock and objectify another beautiful Black woman. This is the brainwashing that infiltrates our world. We let everyone from beauty supply companies to Hollywood define for us what beautiful really is when author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford called it when she wrote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. But getting slammed for misogynistic memes, well that lies in the hands of those who hold smartphones and Twitter accounts.