A bikini bridge is one fitness trend this 2014 that is not only dangerous and disenchanting, but a health “goal” that is in fact nothing more than a sham. The viral Tumblr and Twitter phrase, under the hashtag (#bikinibridge), has in fact been revealed to be a 4chan hoax that is only meant to shame overweight people and create unrealistic views of the ideal female body. The Inquisitr reveals the latest on this disturbing development this Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.
The bikini bridge has quickly become the 2014 “thinspiration” trend, but in reality, it should be anything but, says health experts. While the images and popular nature of the phrase has hit major sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, and seemingly been used to encourage people to lose weight and get into shape to fit into that bikini, the social media sweeper is in fact a potentially dangerous hoax.
The sham defines this bikini bridge — again highlighted on sites with the hashtag #bikinibridge — as “bikini bottoms are suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen.”
Now, however, it has been revealed that the goal was originally started by 4chan, a well-known image-sharing board that is well known for creating a variety of major hoaxes and shams in recent years. Initiated by the anonymous members, this particular viral trend was dubbed “Operation Bikini Bridge,” and was made to start a nefarious plot to get people to try losing a massive amount of weight in a short amount of time, rendering such loss as unrealistic, harmful, and shaming “fat people.”
“First, members were to produce and circulate images of the so-called Bikini Bridge, along with some quasi-inspirational, but actually dangerous and indicting words.”
“Create propaganda parading the ‘bikini bridge’ to be the next big thing (pic related — that read “If you have time to complain, you have time to train,” or “Getting a smoother tan line from your bikini bridge”). Circulate it throughout the internet. Simultaneously, we create reverse propaganda, denouncing the bikini bridge as an unhealthy obsession. This, too, we circulate throughout the internet.”
Then the focus would be made to shame any people who are overweight, once the trending development had become popular enough throughout social media sites.
“After a fair amount of circulation has been accomplished,” the user wrote, “we circulate the images throughout parts of the internet known to be biased on the subject of weight (i.e. thin privilege, fat shaming, etc.)."
“The users at 4chan have started many other hoaxes and questionable campaigns in the past, including a plan to have a “creepy” 40-year-old man win a contest to meet Taylor Swift, and intentionally spreading false information about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.”