George Floyd protests: Influencers who are the definition of irrelevant
While most people who are taking to the streets truly are citizens fed up with the current state of our country, there will always be people who join the movement purely because they somehow interpret it as the “cool” thing to do. While the average everyday person just might get away with it, influencers who are just joining to fit in are pretty easy to spot and have been revealing themselves over the past few days.
It’s an understatement to say it’s frustrating to see these people use an important political event in our history to bolster their own internet brand, image, persona, or whatever they want to label it. So we’ve made up a list of some of the people who have made it clear they only care about themselves, so you can know who to unfollow ASAP.
A reporter for the Washington Examiner has had to delete her Twitter account @factswithfiona once the internet found out she was faking her help in Santa Monica. A video is circulating on the platform which shows her posing for a picture, while holding up a drill as she pretends to help someone board up a storefront.
She hands the drill back, removes her mask, and thanks the man who was actually boarding up the store, before hopping into a car and driving off. For her, this was apparently just a photo op to make her look woke.
Serafina.0 and tamella_k
Texts between Instagram influencers serafin.0 and tamella_k have been leaked which shows them discussing the idea of getting drunk to go to a protest. The texts said “let’s get drunk and go. Is that like so dangerous” and the other replied with “let me find a riot outfit”.
Tamella_k now has pictures on her Instagram account where she’s posing while holding up a sign, with the protestors behind her – but about a block away. One of her hashtags was even incorrectly written as “#bml” instead of #BLM.
People were rightly outraged at the use of the protests as an activity to do drunk while hoping to gain Insta followers. Many comments stated they wished the girls could have at least been better about pretending to care – referencing the embarrassing hashtag mistake.
Linda Hogan, wife to Hulk Hogan, has proven she’s just as racist as her husband. She tweeted, “watching the looting, it’s all afro Americans, not sure how robbing and stealing set the record straight but if they want to be heard they need to be civilized.”
People on Twitter weren’t happy to see this comment, and others were quick to point out the looting is mostly being done by white people.
CEO of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), Tony Khan, replied to her tweet saying, “You’ve now joined your husband in being banned from all AEW shows. Congratulations.”
Lea Michele took to social media to post a message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but former Glee co-star Samantha Ware replied to Michele’s short tweet saying in all caps, “LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “S- IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD . . . ”
Calling a threat to defecate in someone’s wig a micro-aggression is a serious understatement. Once Ware went ahead and spilled her truth tea other actors from Glee happily added their own experiences or replied encouragement to Ware’s tweet.
A Twitter account called @influencersitw AKA Influencers in the Wild caught a woman standing in front of a T-Mobile with smashed windows. A man who appeared to be her boyfriend was taking a picture of the woman from behind as she stared at the broken glass.
This woman clearly appears to consider herself an influencer and committed the same frustrating act as many others on this list. She was clad in tight yoga pants and a sports bra (not exactly protest attire) as she looked on, rather unmoved, at the site of destruction. The two simply walked away when they were done with their photoshoot.