Internet Wreaks Havoc On Vice’s “Pimple Positivity” Campaign

The internet is not responding well to an article on Vice promoting the “pimple positivity movement.”

The article, titled “How fashion is embracing the pimple positivity movement we desperately need,” rails against the habit of trying to curb acne.

It reads:

Now that facts of nature like cellulite and menstruation have finally entered mainstream conversation, isn’t it time we also, finally, remove pimples from the circle of shame?

Pimples likely aren’t going anywhere, so we may as well embrace them.

The article goes on to praise a number of celebrities, like model Starlie Smith, for going against the idea of healthy skin by portraying acne “in a positive light.”

Also, WHO CARES IF YOU HAVE ACNE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL 💕 (A love note to myself & others struggling) #honest

A post shared by STARLIE (@saintstarlie) on

Vice’s article concludes:

If we’re going to prove that the current body positivity movement is more than just skin deep, we need to extend our embrace of our skin — in all its variousness — beyond the catwalk and social media.

Pimples are a natural part of being human, it’s time we let them shine.

This article has not been received well by many social media users — including those on Vice’s Facebook page.

The backlash has spilled over onto Twitter as well.




  1. Disproportional

    March 20, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Read this. Disgusted by it. Wash your damn face kids. Pimples are NOT positive.

    • Rekt

      March 20, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Certainly nothing to be ashamed of, but indeed -as you say- not something to promote as positive.

  2. Rekt

    March 20, 2017 at 9:58 am

    So long as it has a negative connotation the loony left will embrace it or call for its embrace.
    In backwards-land good is evil and evil is good. This is the lens the left view the world. When you understand this everything they do makes perfect sense.

    Whites have practically made the world a better place for human beings to flourish, ergo “whitey is the devil.”
    Child molestation is evil, ergo “pedophiles have feelings too!”

    • Elle Ay

      March 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

      The SJW’s have already tried to get everyone to embrace STD’s – check out Paul Joseph Watson “Feminists Celebrate Sexually Transmitted Diseases!

      • Rekt

        March 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

        I’m on top of things! 🙂
        But yea, for those that haven’t seen it; check it out.

  3. positively4thstreet

    March 20, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Seriously think this is more about looking younger than embracing pimples. The same theory behind celebs posing pigeon toed. They want to look like little girls. Actually read an article about that recently.

    • NiceAbs

      March 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      They also post pigeon toed because it creates the illusion of slimmer legs. I don’t mind that so much – embrace the drive to be slim and attractive. It’s all good.

  4. Chani J.R

    March 20, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Next up, a photo shoot of the Vice editorial team embracing an MRSA cyst

    • NiceAbs

      March 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Bleh. I actually had a friend who posted a pic of one and I almost vomited. I defriended him – what’s next, a pic of his deuce floating in the toilet? What is with people these days?

      • legtingle

        March 21, 2017 at 6:02 am

        NiceAbs: Lena Dunham is on deuce pic

  5. PunJabber

    March 20, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Wiley Coyote meets the Acne Novelty Company. Beep-beep!

  6. Ayala Saunders

    March 20, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I went out of my way to get rid of my acne because it was PAINFUL!! When people tried to tell me I was “still beautiful” i wanted to punch their faces. Acne means your body isn’t healthy. I ended up going all natural and only washing my face with water and using all natural detergent and cleaners. Acne went away. I’m not embracing something that is painful and uncomfortable. Pretty soon we’re going to be told to embrace bi-polar disorder and let crazy people run around beating people up for no reason.

    • GTKRWN

      March 21, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      > Pretty soon we’re going to be told to embrace bi-polar disorder and let crazy people run around beating people up for no reason.

      Libs did that every single time they commited terrorist attacks against a Trump rally.

  7. Stephanie Fahey Langley

    March 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

    You people are MEAN! Some people can’t get rid of their acne, it’s purely hormonal. I don’t understand why you’re so up in arms about someone loving themselves! You’ve probably never struggled with acne and so you just spew out your mean all over people. It’s ugly.

    • Proud2bfromtheUSA

      March 20, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Deep cleansing breaths. Love yourself and take care of your skin. My daughter struggles with it and when she wants to go out looking her best she uses foundation and concealer. Bare minerals works wonders. I get acne on occasion but as a man I really do not care Sorry if that proves something to you but to me it just proves that I am a slob who can care less if I am well groomed or not.

    • positively4thstreet

      March 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

      American women spend 28 billion dollars per year on cosmetics and I don’t think that includes the botox and lip and bum fillers. If anyone was serious about loving their natural selves they would quit all that. In fact I’ve seen lots of women go natural with pimples…they just don’t try to get attention for it. Queenstarlie there only has one natural photo like that on her IG…in all the others she’s wearing a ton of makeup. So don’t waste our time.

    • V F

      March 20, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      No,, Acne is absolutely “NOT” hormonal.. Just get a prescription of Tetracycline and it will be gone in 5 days guaranteed.

  8. William

    March 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Looking at QueenStarlie…it’s not her acne that is a turn off but the many other facial features that will remain.

  9. NiceAbs

    March 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Leave it to the left to celebrate everything that is nasty and unnecessary in western civilization.

    Fix that shit.

  10. anna

    March 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    I’ve had acne throughout my youth, and struggled to find self worth because of it. In the end you realize that the only validation you need comes from yourself, and this “pimple positivity” bs is just another reason for people to feel sorry for you and lavash you in compliments you don’t deserve. Attractive people look okay with zits, lets see a gross person with bad acne and see how “positive” you are about their pimples. That girl needs to stop wearing so much makeup; most likely where all those zits are coming from..

  11. Sally

    March 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    That’s like the Leave-the-Booger-There movement. And, when you think about it, shouldn’t anything designated a “movement” be kept in the bathroom?

  12. Thomas Brown

    March 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Tell yoo wutt though. The media photoshops everyone in magazines and photos on the internet..they cover up pimples with pixels, but ALSO totally re-shape people’s faces and other body parts.

  13. Beverly Barstad

    March 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Ok this is a little to much, come on its part of life for almost all teens instead of embracing pimple let’s just stop shaming those that fight that battle and do what we can to help them, I raised my step daughter and she had a horrible case of acne, it was so bad at time it just made me I’ll buy you get what ever you can to help them, that poor girl tried everything she could get her hands on to get rid of her pimples, it wasn’t till I remember a friend of mine had the same problem and they put her on birth control to clear her face up, so that’s what we did and it worked, then my son went through it and birth control wasn’t an option so he cleaned and scrubbed till his face was red, you can blame it on hygiene all you want but it’s doesn’t work that way for most teenagers.

    • Shannon Marie Federoff

      March 20, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      So it was OK to mess with your daughter’s hormones, but not your son’s hormones?

      • suqsid4

        March 21, 2017 at 1:48 am

        Seriously? Idiot.

  14. hoodaticus ✓ᶠᴿᴱᴱ ᴹᴵᴸᴼ

    March 20, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    The hottest guy I personally know has pimples all the time. However, literally all of the remaining 7 feet, 200 lbs of him are gorgeous blond-haired blue-eyed angelic perfection. I never thought pimples could be cancelled out, but I was wrong.

    This man needs to be cloned a hundred thousand times and forced to breed with women constantly.

  15. DaisyToo

    March 20, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    What else can one expect from people who view abortion as a sacred rite?

  16. Cherie Dee

    March 21, 2017 at 5:35 am

    This looks like a. Campaign for adult acne, from the photo. No normal person wants festering postures on their face. It is caused by many things and a visit to the dermatologist is needed for severe acne. Embracing it is ignoring the underlying problem and insane..

  17. Sarah

    March 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    It’s not about whether or not people are more genetically prone and sensitive to getting pimples….it’s the fact that models and advertising airbrushes people to false perfection so people think it’s just a matter of washing their faces, when in reality, we all get pimples. My pimples are trans and think they are freckles….get over the need to mask our perfectly imperfect human selves. We are all flawbulosly flawsome. I don’t need a movement to take a stance on the hypocrisy of which we are all a product. Peace to you and your flaws!

  18. GTKRWN

    March 21, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    >Liberals are now actively defending bacterial infections of the skin


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