Belle Delphine reentered the public consciousness yesterday after sharing a fantasy photoshoot depicting her being tied up, kidnapped, and having sex, captioning the shoot “My perfect first date <3.”
Delphine was widely criticized for not sharing any trigger warnings along with the shoot, which may have spared those who did not want to see the graphic content. Her name trended on Twitter over the following two days as people accused her of glorifying rape and underage kink due to her wearing what some perceived as a childlike outfit.
The kink isn’t the problem, it’s the fact that it’s posted on public social media without any warnings, tags or censorship. Posting blurred or censored images with “click here to see more” is different than “hey surprise watch me get raped!”
— Brooke (@wonderland449) January 12, 2021
romanticising rape to your following of mostly already weird men, presenting as a younger girl is absolutely disgusting and you should be ashamed of posting this.
— U・x・U (@melo_02496) January 12, 2021
omg my first date too ! <3 except it wasn’t cute n glorified :3 bc i actually suffered and you posting this is disgusting!!!
— liam (@satans_lambb) January 13, 2021
There was also a healthy amount of memes from people who were sick of hearing about the latest Delphine controversy.
Twitter description guy seeing Belle Delphine trending again: pic.twitter.com/EYnzOaQLtl
— Im_trying_my_best_to_be_cool (@Imtryingmybes18) January 12, 2021
huh, why’s belle delphine trending again. probably just something really stupi- pic.twitter.com/Zty4dpt93s
— mkm ? (@myoukyomou) January 12, 2021
Me: sees belle delphine trending
Me: “oh cool there might be some funny mem-“
My eyes: pic.twitter.com/BkAMPbloYE
— Homer (@thekiddeku) January 12, 2021
Delphine responded to the outcry by refusing to apologize. “There is nothing wrong with enjoying power-play and BDSM where both people are consensual. I think saying because I enjoy consensual non-consent is promoting rape, is the same as the argument that violence in video games promotes violence,” she explained.
She went on to say that people accusing her of promoting an underage sexual ideal were in the wrong. “All the clothes I wear are made for adults, so the only thing that people can comment on maybe is the fact I’m wearing a cute dress? It’s very confusing for me since I see other people dress like it all the time, if it’s about how I genetically look I can’t change that and I will not apologise for it either nor will I stop being sexual since I am a sexually active adult.”