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A group of foul-mouthed kids earned instant Internet fame when their video “F-Bombs for Feminism” went viral. Now, the Potty Mouth Princesses are using their celebrity to raise awareness for another important cause: domestic violence.
The provocative video features several young girls dressed in princess costumes and giving impassioned, curse-word-laced speeches highlighting shocking statistics and attitudes about domestic violence. Although they agree with the message of the video, The Doctors express concern about using children in this fashion.
“I think this is a perfect example that the message is a good one, [but] the messengers – being 8 and 9-year-old girls – using that kind of language, I have a problem with [it],” OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton says.
Luke Montgomery, the director of the videos, explains that while many may find the videos to be appalling, he thinks the high rate of domestic assaults in the United States is even more distressing.
“One out of four women [is] going to be [a victim] of domestic violence. That is shocking. And having little girls, who are facing being one of these statistics potentially in the future, talk like this gets people paying attention,” Luke says.
When asked why he chose to dress the girls in princess costumes, invoking the “damsel in distress” stereotype, Luke adds, “What I wanted to do was take this stereotype for girls and turn it on its head. That girls can be powerful, girls can be strong, and they don’t need to be disempowered little princesses whose only value is how they look.”
See more of The Doctors’ discussion with Luke below:
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and needs help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).