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Sexual Article About 15-Year-Old Elle Fanning Proves That The Media Has No Respect For Underage Girls

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It’s not exactly news that someone on the internet is making inappropriate comments about an underage girl’s body– we unfortunately see that every single day– but a recent article on E! has taken Creepy to a whole new level. The target is 15-year-old Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning‘s fashionable little sister, if you’re unfamiliar), and the language they use is extremely messed up.

The headline alone is pretty cringe-worthy– “Elle Fanning Goes From 15 to 25 in Skin-Showing Style.” You can tell they’re dipping into dangerous territory right off the bat, and the first few lines are even worse:

Attention, world! Elle Fanning is officially done being a child. Frankly, we’re surprised it didn’t happen sooner for the wildly mature Low Down star, but with this Wes Gordon stunner she has officially transitioned from starlet to star. She’s gone avant-garde before, but this is among the first truly sexy looks on display.

I’m pretty sure that you’re “officially done being a child” when you turn 18. I’m pretty sure that even “wildly mature” high school kids are still high school kids. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure it’s seriously creepy and inappropriate for adults to comment on the “sexy look” of someone who’s too young to get into R-rated movies.

Somehow, the article manages to get even worse:

Not only is the youngin showing off some major skin, but from the side view it’s even more scandalous! We’re super impressed with those rockin’ abs (what high schooler has that bod?!), but the sheath would look a bit sexier in a slightly tighter fit.

Pardon me, but what the hell is wrong with the person who wrote this? 1) The “major skin” they’re talking about is her midriff and her kneecaps, so if that’s titillating to you, you shouldn’t be allowed at a kids’ soccer game. 2) I’m impressed that they managed to write the rest of the article after they typed the part about her “high schooler bod,” since I’m practically vomiting all over my keyboard just from quoting it. 3) They’re honestly giving advice… to a child… about how to look sexier.

When you say these kinds of creepy things about an underage girl, you’re not only putting her in danger by setting the stage for other people to comment on her “sexiness,” but you’re proving that you have no respect for her as a human being. You’re welcome to comment on the clothes she wears to an event. Leave her body out of it.

Via E! / Photo: Getty images

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  • Sarah

    You’re kidding, right? I checked out their full article and they seemed to just be commenting on her (pretty revealing) clothing. It’s a mature look for a young girl. Quit trying to make news.

  • Mandie

    Part of what makes this so squicky for me is that Elle Fanning does a great job of being very into high fashion and still looking appropriate (like showing off her belly in a dress that’s not at all form fitting). Not that sexualizing 15 year olds on an adult website is ever cool, but it seems extra gross considering her efforts to look her age.

    • Sarah

      The picture on their site shows the cutout is pretty high and she’s showing a lot. She’s not trying to dress her age, she’s trying to mature her look to show that she’s older than she is.

    • Elizabeth Aspen

      Or, maybe she just likes the look?

  • stupid

    When you are a young, beautiful actress then you tend to be sexualized. In fact, when you are a young, beautiful, plain old occupationless female you tend to be sexualized. Why can’t you just fucking accept that already? And yes, I’m saying BOYS WILL BE BOYS. Forever and ever and ever.

  • leogirl87

    Yes, this is really creepy. First women are objectified and now teenage girls are as well. Honestly, her outfit was not all that revealing compared to what other girls her age are wearing and even if she was in pasties it still wouldn’t be right to comment on her body like that. Children are not “sexy” she’s just trying a new dress. She is very into fashion and wears all sorts of things, some more revealing than others.

  • kalish

    what a stupid person you make. so after 18 one can use the word sexy, but before it’s forbidden? How can you have a right to vote? You are so stupid, that’s priceless.

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