Tell Joan Rivers and E!’s Fashion Police to stop their “Starlet or Streetwalker” segment! This incredibly offensive and damaging segment—which is part of the otherwise very funny Fashion Police show—features celebrities alongside real girls and young women who are being exploited in the commercial sex industry under the guise of a “fun” guessing game of which is which. The segment is not funny; it stigmatizes victims of commercial sexual exploitation and makes light of the catastrophic effects of the commercial sex industry.
As Rachel Lloyd, Founder and Executive Director of Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS), states in a recent Huffington Post article, “While there's a different discussion to be had perhaps about the fairness of mercilessly critiquing celebrities (who are also real people), for what they wear to an event, it's a very different discussion than whether it's fair, right or appropriate to target women who are victims of extreme forms of violence and who are considered on the very lowest rung of society. Mocking Celebrity X for wearing an ill-advised $15,000 couture gown to the Oscars is quite different than mocking a woman who is literally living on the streets. I doubt if E! would have fashion segments called ‘Homeless or Hollywood?’, ‘Drug Addict or Debutante?’, ‘Poor or Posh?.’ Yet because these women are not 'just' potentially homeless, drug addicted, and definitely poor, but are ‘streetwalkers,’ prostitutes, whores, hookers, they're considered fair game.”
This stigmatizing of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and making light of the horrific realities of trafficking must stop!
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It’s up to us to make this change.
Ms. Lloyd’s full article in response to E! Fashion Police’s “Starlet or Streetwalker” segment is available here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-lloyd/the-power-behind-policing_b_927287.html