These Tweets About Ciara’s “Level Up” Video On Marriage Call Her Out Hardcore
As someone who grinded for the first time at 13 years old to "1, 2 Step," I'll always have a special place in my heart for Ciara. To this day, nothing picks up my mood more quickly than applying lip gloss while listening to "Oh" on repeat. The woman undeniably knows how to make a banger. But a questionable video she reposted on her Twitter has the world thinking her ability to dish out marriage advice isn't quite as spot on as her ability to make a great song. Ciara's reposted "Level Up" video about marriage involves Pastor John Gray giving a speech addressed to the women in his congregation, who worry that, despite worshipping Jesus regularly, they still haven't managed to find a husband.
In the video, he shared this piece of "wisdom" with them that he claims is based on the teachings of the Bible:
To a lot of modern women, the fact that he just reduced us to "girlfriends" and "wives," waiting to be chosen by "husbands" is pretty offensive, but apparently, the speech really resonated with Ciara — so much so that she reposted it on her Twitter account with the caption "#LevelUp."
Her reposting of this pretty sexist message wasn't received well by other women on Twitter, who were very quick to call her out.
Renowned feminist and author Roxane Gay called her out with two simple words.
CiCi Adams, a writer and proud follower of Christ herself, called Ciara out for adhering to this faulty interpretation of scripture.
If people were giving the same advice to men, this wouldn't be quite as bad. But alas.
Even some men understand what was wrong about the advice.
In response to all of the backlash, Ciara posted screenshot of a note on her Twitter, in which she tried to give people a little more background on where she was coming from:
Despite all of the hate, Ciara did have some people who stepped forward to support her decision to post the video.
They're praising her for acknowledging her own self-worth.
Whether or not you agree with Ciara's stance, it's clear that perpetuating a message that women are the ones who shoulder the burden of finding and keeping a happy marriage isn't a good look.
First, not every single woman out there is desperate to find a life partner — or a partner at all for that matter. Second, a woman should not be reduced to a "girlfriend" or a "wife." Every woman is a complex being, perfect in their own way. It's not up to you to change yourself for someone to love you. Someone should and will love you just as you are. It's important for young girls to have positive female role models who are encouraging them to be whatever they want to be, not just wives or girlfriends. So let's all #LevelUp to that, instead of leveling up to being a wife.
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