(via Moises Arias’ Tumblr)
I recognize that social media is a bullshit metric for gauging the culture’s true reaction to something, but why — in flipping through hundreds of critical tweets — have I seen few negative allegations directed at Arias? After all, if he was doing what people seem to want to believe the photo implies, he would be the one breaking laws. But no, it’s Smith who gets accused of some sort of ill-defined impropriety on the basis of one photo. Ultimately, it’s just one more example of our culture’s automatic slut-shaming. That’s the only part of this story that’s perverse.