Influencers are officially out of control, but you knew that already.
As I see it, they can be neatly divided into three categories.
There are the ones who lie about where they are and what they’re doing, like this woman who claimed to be on a hike but was actually in her own backyard.
Then there are the ones who hand out bad medical advice because somehow having an Instagram account also makes you a health expert.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the influencers who turn tragedy into followers, likes and sponsorships, with an astounding lack of self-awareness or social consciousness.
The latest in a string of terrible Instagram posts comes via Tiffany Mitchell, a Nashville-based Instagram influencer.
Let’s take a look at the pics:
Please note that the bottle of water in the second shot disappears at some point.
These look staged, but here’s what supposedly went down:
On July 31, Tiffany posted a series of photos to her account about an alleged motorcycle accident. Considering the fact that a motorcycle accident by definition is a traumatic event, many people online thought it was pretty weird that Tiffany (a) barely had a scratch on her, (b) had someone readily available to capture the entire thing on camera, and (c) had a Smartwater bottle in the dead center of one of her shots. Seriously, WTF?
WTF is right, Cosmo. Preach.
In her Instagram Story, Tiffany explained to her 212,000 followers that she actually was hurt (although people begged to differ) and that the shoot only took place after she had been checked out and cleared by an ambulance. Despite the really sus placement of the Smartwater, Tiffany claimed that “nothing about it was staged, nothing about it was sponsored” and added that there was “no brand work being done at all.”
Like most normal people, Tiffany just happened to have a professional photographer friend with her who was more concerned about capturing the perfect shot than her friend’s wellbeing.
Totally normal. Nothing to see here.
Her most recent post about the whole thing is a rambling narrative about why it’s real. You can read that here, but it starts like this:
I’ve been figuring out how to respond to everything that’s unfolded recently regarding the post I shared 3 weeks ago about my moto accident. I won’t get into that post here (see my Moto Accident story highlight for all the details), but I want to talk about the reactions I’ve been getting to the article @buzzfeednews posted sensationalizing what I went through that day, and making a mockery of the post I shared.
Is it real? Should we care?
No. No, we shouldn’t.
If it is real, however, I really hope this woman reevaluates her friend choices.
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