The reality of being a woman is that a lot of people feel ownership of you and your body. When it comes to celebrities, this is dialed up to a thousand. Becky G found herself in a situation where this was clearly put on display, and in a now-viral clip, asserted herself, without even using words.
In the video, which can be seen below, we see the multifaceted star posing for a picture, when her companion reaches out to hug her by putting a hand over her shoulders. Without any hesitation, Becky G removes the man’s hand from her shoulder, before turning to the camera once again.
Her reaction might have been more forceful without cameras, but it’s nevertheless great to see her firmly setting her boundaries. Agreeing to take a picture is just that, consent regarding the picture, nothing more. It should not be interpreted as permission to touch someone in a way that makes them uncomfortable.
This video once again opens up a greater conversation about the ways the media and the public alike treat female artists of all kinds, which is only a reflection of the way society is used to treating women. A woman’s worth, whether she’s famous or not, is not dependent on what she’s wearing, or her behavior.
No one should feel entitled to touch Becky G in a way that makes her uncomfortable for the sake of a picture, just as no one should feel entitled to do so to any woman. And Becky G’s reaction is a good reminder that no matter who you are, we should all be fighting for a world where no woman has to put up with it.