To fight victim-blaming and combat slut-shaming, the Amber Rose SlutWalk took over downtown Los Angeles this past weekend in a peaceful yet powerful display of feminist protest. The model, mother and entrepreneur couldn't be a more fitting figurehead for a movement that both champions sexual expression free from blame and shame and seeks to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault in our country. The very public attacks against Rose that demonized her for working as a stripper and for her non-normative sexual expression only bolstered support for the Los Angeles SlutWalk she organized, which garnered massive media attention and included appearances by celebrities and feminist activists like Tess Holliday, Matt McGorry and Janet Mock.
Highlights from the event included a tearful and moving speech by Rose, during which she forgave her two exes, Whiz Kalifa and Kanye West, for the vicious, public slut-shaming they subjected her to. She explained that forgiveness was her choice because she wanted to "be the bigger person, be the positive person." She also suggested that forgiveness in the face of ignorant (and incredibly hurtful) comments can often "help other people around you that have been through the same thing."
These 12 tweets reveal the impact Amber Rose's SlutWalk had both on those who took part in the day of feminist community, and those who watched from afar.