She snapped my Canmake Lip Eraser too – grrr.
Anyway – I just wanted to add some info on Meg’s videos. Once or twice now, I have had some negative comments on her videos along the vein of, shouldn’t a seven year old be playing out instead? (Most comments are lovely, by the way).
Well, as I include on the decription of the videos, they are purely for fun, and she makes them when she feels like it, the rest of the time she is at school, playing with her friends, or terrorising the cat etc. etc. etc.
Its also strange when people seem to think that she is actually allowed to wear make up in her day to day life – she’s SEVEN and barely up to my bum, so no she isn’t allowed to wear make up out and about.
I think she has a facination in make up because to her its play, like painting and she like watching me apply it.
I hate to come out with a long justification of why she makes these videos, just because some people just don’t seem to sense irony or the fact that they aren’t real make up application videos, just something that she finds fun, and increases her confidence because she learns to speak to an audience and clearly.
There was a comment I never published a while back, where someone said that this kind of the thing epitomised “everything wrong with our society”. I would suggest drugs, illegal wars, selfishness, greed, crime, child abuse, aids, terrorism etc. etc. would epitomise wrong doing more than a seven year old playing with make up?
Or maybe I just need to accept that people are a helluva lot more braver on the internet with critcisms than in the flesh…
I also had a funny comment today – (I shan’t name the poster):
“this is not very… usual is it? should a 4 year old wear make up? even if just for a minute or so… you know that mascara, at this age, will ruin her lashes…”
No I guess it’s not very usual, but I presume Youtube isn’t the place for the “usual”, otherwise we could just sit on our sofas and watch people, whilst holding a cut out frames and say, “Ooh, look how usual that is”.
Also, she is seven not four. She probably has it on her face for ten minutes max – incase you haven’t noticed she has a face like a little peach! If her skin showed any allergy then I would not allow her to apply make up to it. And as for mascara ruining lashes – I presume no woman alive would use mascara if it was damaging at all. And incase you haven’t noticed, she’s using Faux Cils (only the best for Meg!) and like I say, she must have it on for no more than 5 minutes in total.
As Thumper’s mum said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Or – if you don’t like what you see, don’t watch it! Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for freedom of speech and since this stuff is on the world wide web, feedback is expected – but really, picking on a little girl who reads her comments?
I already point out with videos that this is all for fun, and anyone with a brain could see that Megan is no Laura Mercier (yet). I am sure some people love to be the spanner in the works; if someone has too many nice comments, lets add something negative, even if it is a pointless comment.
Did I suspect there may be some negativity? I suppose. Some people will refuse to read descriptions, and love to take a twisted spin to things no matter what you say.
Meg is a tomboy in real life (not that it would matter if she was a girly girl), but she doesn’t wear mini skirts or drink lager on street corners, incase you are wondering. She doesn’t even own a Bratz doll (which in my opinion, does encourage a kind of vanity – and they look weird with gigantic heads!). Meg is not being encouraged to be vain or grown up, she is very much a kid, and if you have seen what she looks like at the end of her “tutorials” she is clearly being playful.
More importantly, if she still wants to make videos, she can, and if she doesn’t that’s fine too…I won’t force her either way, but if she decides she’d rather climb a tree than do another video, it will because she wants to, not because some people are spoil sports – hopefully a quality that that will stay with her as she grows. As Tyra said on ANTM (yes, I am quoting Tyra Banks!), “Never dull your shine for anyone”.