Strong Reactions to Tahiti Quarantine Video
OK, I know all press is good press. But it isn’t fun to be body shamed.
I published a video about filming a beautiful octopus friend at the marina where we are quarantined. The thumbnail image elicited a strong reaction on a Facebook group for sailors. The first two comments were about how I needed to put some clothes on! The moderator removed them pretty quickly, but ugh.
This particular group is encouraging people to share more fun videos during the pandemic, and people have enjoyed my quarantine videos for the most part.
But this morning the first two comments made my stomach turn. I am no vlogger or swimsuit model, but I like how I look. And I think it’s crap that women are supposed to be concerned about looking perfect all the time. We have bigger things to think about. Like exploring our surroundings and learning new things. So there I am, without a tan, not super toned, totally embodying the saying: how do you get a bikini body? You put on a bikini.
The photo stays for now. Haters gonna hate. Maybe tomorrow I’ll change it to an octopus photo, but not because of haters. Because the octopus may appeal more to my Magic Ocean people and show what they can see in the water.
It’s not my first time dealing with internet haters. I found an unsavory scuba group online and made the mistake of sharing a video of a remora biting my butt: https://youtu.be/zxm5d5U4GMg.
It’s a fun video, presented in what I feel is a tasteful, g-rated manner…but they didn’t quite see it that way.
The group went crazy on it after a couple twisted comments piqued everyone’s interest. They quickly pushed the video to 1K views, which was nice for my YouTube statistics, but the comments were not exactly…g-rated.
It can be scary to appear on YouTube in a bikini, but not as scary as shark diving. I do that in a bikini, too.
Here’s my new video: