You might have seen/heard about this “bikini bridge” controversy that’s blowing up on social media, but if you’re new to the table, don’t you worry your pretty little head. This has nothing to do with Chris Christie. Also, it’s a major hoax.
“Bikini bridge” started off as just the latest body image thing, and basically existed as an excuse for skinny girls to show off their bodies like so:
— Mentality Mag (@MentalityMag) January 9, 2014
It caused a fresh minute of social anger, and most of you reading this probably saw a macro or two on one of your news feeds. My first exposure to the phenomenon came from my own father, who admirably used the meme to encourage women not to fret the physical stuff and to eat as many cheeseburgers as they wanted.
But it was all for naught!
Unlike last year’s very real
and very stupid “thigh gap” controversy, the “bikini bridge” and its initial backlash were designed and executed by the same person(s) on 4chan.
Check it out:
Though many publications spotted and warned of the hoax before it starting picking up steam, pick up steam it did, and now there are people sharing their own bikini bridge shots, anti-bikini bridge shots, talking about bikini bridge shots and feminism and beauty standards and bodyimageandeatingrightandhealthversusobesity etc. etc. ad nauseam.
— Jenna Anderson (@javotam) January 6, 2014
— Jamie Bentham (@J_Betham) January 6, 2014
So, in summation, the “bikini bridge” thing is a hoax that became a trend and it has nothing to do with Chris Christie, so stop using #bridgegate as a hashtag on posts of girls in bikinis. Unless you’re trying to make a joke.
— Connor Vandecaveye (@cvandecaveye) January 10, 2014