‘Don’t Judge Challenge’ has teens declaring war against body shaming

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SAN DIEGO – As always, there’s another new teen trend hitting the Internet.  It’s called the #dontjudgechallenge, but ironically, it’s drawing criticism from other teens who say it’s promoting the wrong message.

Teens are intentionally making themselves look “unattractive” by putting on glasses, moles, fake acne, drawing on extra thick eyebrows and darkening their teeth, to then turn around and make themselves “beautiful.” They are taking these drastic transformations and posting them on social media.

There are teens who don’t like the trend at all. They say these videos actually mock individuals who may not be considered attractive and it’s sending a negative message to other teens.


  • Katie Gordon

    Please visit my “Don’t Judge Challenge” on Instagram @sometimeskatie
    Please I beg you, take down the content of this page. You are hurting a lot of people. These videos should be considered harassment & bullying.

  • Shawna Dicintio

    My Son Jeffrey @jeffreykage did the #DontJudgeChallenge- The purpose was to have Teens around the world support each other by posting “ugly” or otherwise sterotypes of what “society deems “ugly” pictures of themselves as part of this viral trend called the “Don’t Judge Challenge”.
    Thousands of kids have filmed themselves covered in fake spots or painted-on unibrows in a bid to discourage their peers from “judging a book by its cover”. Anyone that knows or knew my sons history knows he has personally experienced the bias, peer bullying and torment of not fitting in. After the course of puberty and time has transformed my son. His video has over 2.5 million views. I wish there was a way to post a real life picture of him just 2 years ago and now. He is a great teenager and some of the neg. I am seeing is sad that they are taking this challenge and twisting the positve message to teens to a neg. He has stayed true to himself- always promoting acceptance to all, for all and by all. Encouraging and give strength!

    • Studzman

      While I understand how this is SUPPOSED to be positive, how can people who actually look like that embrace themselves if people on the internet are dressing up like them like its a costume and saying “I know i look ugly but dont judge me.” All its doing is promoting this view of “These things make people unattractive” and spreading it all over the internet in a viral way. These pictures could be considered bullying, no matter what the intent of them was.

    • raul (@soeysauce1982)

      Lol you keep telling yourself that is the point. If they wanted to do this challenge then the teens should have posted a picture of themselves when they just woke up,instead they draw fake pimples or unibrows on themselves , then immediately followed with a shot of them looking their best with their hair looking perfect and make up on point. The dont judge challenge is your typical scenario of the skinny girl that calls herself fat in front of other people who are actually considered overweight. If anything they just made things worse for people actually having to deal with acne and ones who are not as blessed to be as attractive as those who are in the videos. Social media is one giant attention seeking entity

  • rich

    this is literally showing that these kids are dumb as hell. sayin theyre hotter than what people might look like (bad teeth/acne). like, what if a kid DOES have bad teeth and acne? they gotta look at this shit and think “wow so these people really think im ugly as hell.”

    bad message. dumb as hell kids.

  • Vida

    This is stupid! They make themselves ugly then transfer themselves into a beautiful swan! what about the kid that can’t do that? And has real acne or other things that might make them feel insecure about themselves ! Instead of this we should have anti bullying campaign in schools not bunch of kids playing with makeup as if it’s drama class!

    • Joleyn

      And I shall tell you why. This challenge takes the most insecure parts of our selfs (our acne scars, bad teeth, eyebrows…) and shows that they do not define us. This challenge shows (by the over exaggeration of these things) that we feel that everyone is looking at our flaws. However, no one is looking at your flaws. They see you as beautiful, which you are. The “ugly” beginning part of the challenge is how we see ourselves. The “beautiful” part of the challenge is shows how beautiful we actually are and how others view is. This challenge teaches us that no one is actually looking at your flaws. You are the only one who sees them.

      • Joleyn

        Furthermore, we should all embrace our beauty with open arms. Why is it vain to look at myself and say that I am beautiful? We should all do this once in awhile. There is nothing wrong with showing your beauty. The people in the videos have insecurities too.

      • Studzman

        I disagree with you. And here’s why: this challenge has nothing to with the posters insecurities. If it did, they would simply highlight the things that they thought made themselves unattractive. Or even just film themselves with no makeup, or when they wake up. Instead these teens add things that aren’t originally there such as acne, glasses, or black teeth, because in their eyes THAT is what makes someone unattractive, and says “don’t judge me this is ugly” and then makes themselves beautiful with makeup or hair products and says this is beautiful. Neither side are even their true selves, and no one is embracing their own beauty or non-beauty, only artificial. And they make fun of “unattractive” people in the process by mimicking them with markers or makeup to add flaws to their otherwise ordinary face. And to your last point, nothing is wrong with looking at yourself and saying “I’m beautiful.” But you should be able to say that without dressing up as an “ugly person” like a costume, and then putting a ton of makeup or hair product on to then be able to say you’re beautiful. This challenge needs to be more genuine, and less about special effects.

        • Joleyn

          You go girlfriend or boyfriend! That was a great point (and I’m not being sarcastic) however, I don’t think this challenge is making fun of people with acne or a unibrow or whatever. I have acne and I have had a raging unibrow many times and this challenge does not offend me. Furthermore, these teens are not thinking “hey I saw this ugly kid today with glasses and pimples. I shall try to make myself look like him” No, these teens are simply piling on random makeup to look ugly and then making themselves look pretty. They are not victimizing people with these flaws, they are simply making themselves look bad. The acne doesn’t even look like acne and the unibrow is greatly over exaggerated. Also, why is it bad to wear makeup that enhances your beauty? I wear eyeliner everyday and I hate it when people tell me that I’m not embracing my natural beauty. It is not artificial beauty, it is my style and I have a right to that.

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