How Ruby Rose Is Changing What It Means To Be ‘Cool’ In America

This morning, I was grazing the great expanse of the internet looking for some good ol’ fashioned~ inspiration~ when I came across the narrative about the Chlo Grace Moretz and Khlo KardashianTwitter feud.

The 19 -year-old actress Chlo articulately tweeted her teenage thoughts and impressions about the T. Swift/ Kanye West squabble :P TAGEND

Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a pit and look around to realize what’s ACTUALLY happening in the REAL world

Finishing off with a very wise,

Stop wasting your voice on something so petulant and unimportant.

Our young girl had a valid point. I entail, candidly, I’m sick of giving men who minimize females by calling them hateful names like “bitch” my precious clicks, too. With all the shit going on in this cruel, cold world, Moretzwas suggesting we focus our energy on other things.

But of course, hell hath no frenzy like a Kardashian scorned. And Khlo K was quick to come back with a pretty viscous rapid flame reaction, one that attained me feel like a disgusting human being for even bearing visual witness( and they say us gays are tarnishing the purity of the world. Le sigh ).

“Is this the a hole, you’re referring too? ” the 32 -year old reality starring recklessly tweeted into the Twittersphere, including a picture of what she thought was Moretz’s uncovered hobo( a very exploitive painting that I don’t feel comfy posting here ).

Just as I was about to vomit the contents of my $9.00 green juice into the junk after seeing that god awful pic of a 19 -year-old’s body exploited by a 32 -year-old woman, the lesbian angel herself Ruby Rose swooped in and saved the working day. The 30 -year-old tattoo-adorned, gay goddess promptly came to Moretz’s defense by tweeting :P TAGEND

Yo Khloe I thought you were rad when I gratified you but this is awful and this is a 19 year old girl

Oh yes! She made all of us queer babes look good by sticking up for the young celeb, employing CLASS as her weapon.Most celebrities are afraid to stand up to a Kardashian, but bold Ruby ran right in for the kill and said what the rest of us were thinking.

Never mind that the picture Khlo tweeted wasn’t even of Moretz’sbackside( just some poor random lookalike ), but can we please discuss how low itis to set a picture of a teenage daughter exposed on Twitter ?! Is that how we deal with adversity, kittens? Khlo, with her 21.2 million Twitter followers, wholly demonstrated her impressionable, YOUNG fan base that it’s OKto humiliate another daughter by tweeting an embarrassing picture of her naked body.

And just when I began to weep for our youth, Ruby Rose stood up against the Kardashian bully outbreak( It’s merely not a good week for the Kardashians. Picking on girls younger than you is never a good look, ladies ).

Suddenly, my freshly blow-dried head began to really think about Ruby Rose and how cool she is on the real. It seems like every single day, Ruby’s face invades my internet newsfeed, and not just on the slew of lesbian media sites that I religiously follow like some people follow our homeboy Jesus. In fact, rarely does she penetrate the gay news scene( she’s, like, three seasons ago in queer world ). However, girl is all over that mainstream pop culture scene. She’s a “popular” girl.

And. How. Cool. Is. That?

Close your fairly eyes and think about it, sweet kittens. When was the last time an openly fag daughter with cropped hair and a full sleeve of expressive tattoos was an international sex symbol , wildly coveted by both men and women who land all across the spectrum of sexuality?

As I tooka drag of my proverbial cigarette( I don’t smoking, but I’m trying to paint a picture) and gazed soulfully into the distance, all I couldthink about was: I’ve ever seen a girl like Ruby ooze seamlessly into mainstream culture in my lifetime. I can’t imagine how gorgeously empowering it must be for all the kids in America who are queer or a little different — maybe a little more alt than the popular group in highschool, maybe a little more rough around the edges than the class chairman — to ensure a boundary-breaking beauty like Ruby regularlygracethe cover of magazines.

When I was a gawky, pimply girl being battling through adolescence, the only people who were big in the media were sugar pop princess who were a size 2 and had pale blonde hair and a newborn face. It was the early 2000 s. Most of the female pop starrings spoke earnestly about saving their virginity for marriage.

As a closeted homosexual with a love of black leather, I couldn’t relate. I felt like a freakformost of my life. I truly can’t imagine a fierce, unique force of nature like Ruby Rose violating all the rules and still transgressing through the fame game. Perhaps, if I’d had someone like her to look up to, I wouldn’t have wasted so much time locked in the closet. Perhaps I wouldn’t have detested myself so much. Maybe I wouldn’t have been so ashamed to be different.

Some people on social media like to give Ruby a hard time for being part of Taylor Swift’s # girlsquad, but I think it’s altogether rad that she’s part of it. She’s showing that yes, you can be totally faggot, wholly in love with your girlfriend and still be accepted by the It Girl queen of pop culture.

Taylor Swift has 85.9 million followers onInstagram. That’s an incredible reaching. For Ruby to be openly affectionate with her girlfriend on a social media account that hugeis radical and awesome. And Ruby’s continuous display of her romance with girlfriend Harley Gusman on her own social media shows young people everywhere that there’s nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to your sexuality.

In a pop culture attained venomous by nasty comments from mean socialites, Ruby Rose is the anti-bully who is changing the face of what it means to be “cool” and “popular” in this country. She shows us that, yeah, you can be your authentic, badass self and still be a successful model, DJand actress. She shows us that you can be kind and still fit in. You don’t have to join the mean girl dialogue. In fact, fuck those mean girls.Ruby has consistently used her voice to stand up to bullies.

She also shows usthat you don’t have to be Beverly Hills born and bred, straight as an arrow, traditionally beautiful and MEAN AF to be deemed a cool daughter. Nah, you can hang out with Swift on July 4th while clutching your girlfriend and showing off your fierce short haircut.

Never, ever, ever minimise the unbelievable social power that pop starrings have over our youth. Their influence and their voices arefar more powerful to teenagers than any educators, legislators or mothers, for better or for worse. In Ruby’s case, it’s definitely for better.

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