Dove Cameron defends her bikini video after being criticised for being 'too sexual'

30 January 2019, 16:15 | Updated: 30 January 2019, 16:16

Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

The Disney Channel star just called out the people who thought they could police her body after she uploaded a “sexy” bikini video on Instagram.

Disney Channel legend and Descendants star Dove Cameron had to shut down a horde of people on Instagram earlier this week after they started complaining about one of her recent posts - a short blurry video of her in a bikini. Yes, the year is 2019 and some people are still shook to the core over a young woman in a bikini.

A few days ago, Dove, 23, shared the video on Instagram to her 23.5 million followers. The video was literally just her posing on a bed wearing a bikini captioned the clip "i love the female body".

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While tons of fans were praising her confidence and responding with some empowering comments, others starting policing Dove and began telling her to stop posting such ~scandalous~ and ~provocative~ images on social media, implying that her actions are sending a bad example to young children.

In the comment section below the video, one person wrote: "There is a time and place for vids like this. Sent privately to your lover? More power to you, sister. On Instagram on a bed, stroking your hair? As a role model for young women- Not cool. Rethink your decisions."

Dove even responded to one of the criticisms that said "getting drunk and posting pics of you half naked doesn't make you a great role model to the kids watching Disney." (She was not drunk... she was literally just on holiday.)

Dove Cameron responds to complaints about her bikini Instagram post
Dove Cameron responds to complaints about her bikini Instagram post. Picture: via Instagram

In response to the comments, Dove updated the caption on her initial post, writing: "guys if i’m in a bathing suit, and i’m 23 and you’re tripping, you need to re-evaluate what trips you up. and also get more comfortable w the human body"

A few hours later, she uploaded a picture of 'The Birth of Venus' alongside a lengthy caption to prove her point.

In the Instagram caption (you can read the full thing here) she wrote: "The human body isn’t offensive y’all. stop objectifying women so hard that you convince yourself that something natural and beautiful could ever be something offensive. also let women define their own bodies & their relationship to their bodies for themselves. stop defining women’s bodies for said women. (goes for women shaming women as well)"

"it’s so repressed and unhealthy to look at nakedness and see something bad. it’s just hundreds of years of social conditioning & it’s super weird. we should be done with this whole shame thing. at any age (children as well and ESPECIALLY) and any gender. we only make nakedness inappropriate when we objectify and sexualize. a body is not inherently sexual. its beautiful and innocent. stop ruining it for yourself & others"

At the end of the day, Dove is a 23-year-old woman who has every right to do whatever she wants with her body. At some point, these twenty-something Disney Channel stars are going to grow up and start embracing their bodies and sexualities and everyone is just gonna have to get over it.