Backlash over Instagram star’s photo fail
AN Instagram star has revealed she received death threats after posting a picture of her "perfect morning".
In the snap, a sponsored post paid for by Listerine, Scarlett London, 24, is pictured sitting on a bed, drinking tea, surrounded by heart-shaped balloons with the mouthwash on her bedside table and a pile of "pancakes" beside her.
She posted the snap with the caption: "The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea."
But people soon noticed that the "pancakes" were actually a stack of tortillas, and the cup was empty.
The blogger, from London, was inundated with messages accusing her of being "fake" and cruel trolls even told her to kill herself.
Scarlett told Femail that she was flooded with messages, "many to the effect of that I'm a danger to young women and should suffer, I should be stopped, I should suffocate on the balloons, I should kill myself because of how pathetic I am. But if I'm totally honest, those were the more tame of the bunch."
Scarlett's photo went viral after it was shared on Twitter with the caption: "F**k off this is anybody's normal morning. Instagram is a ridiculous lie factory made to make us all feel inadequate."
The best of days start with a smile and positive thoughts. And pancakes. And strawberries. And bottomless tea. My morning routine is now live on YouTube - and while I don't show you my real bed hair (trust me, it's not pretty), I do give you a little insight into how I start my day in a positive way. Head over to my stories for a swipe up link - and let me know what you think! It features my morning habit of rinsing with Listerine Advanced White to help whiten my teeth. @listerineukireland #BringOutTheBold | This is a paid partnership with Listerine.
His post got 89,000 likes and many more comments flooded in.
One wrote: "This is so ridiculous on so many levels. Everything in this picture is ridiculous and hella FAKE.
"I don't know where to start, the tortillas or the product placement."
Another post accused Scarlett of promoting a "false, unobtainable image to impressionable young people" and compared it to heavily photoshopped pictures in magazines.
It added: "You can refer to yourself as a poor, bullied 'young girl' all you like but if you're going to effectively sell products to your followers, your methods are going to come under criticism."
However, many of her followers defended her, with one writing: "I actually found the corn tortillas thing funny. Christ some of you need to get the broom out of your asses.
"Of course it's bloody staged … do you think we all wake up and our rooms are suddenly full of balloons etc, death threats etc are NOT ON!"
In response to the trolls, Scarlett, who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, begged people to find out more about her as a person.
She said: "In the last 48 hours, grown men & women, MPs, women's equality representatives, journalists, actresses and broadcasters have discovered my Instagram feed and decided to pick it apart online, in front of thousands.
"I implore those mindlessly sharing this content to research who I am as a person, before they further drag my name and image through the mud. Yes, I do adverts on here, but only with brands I genuinely use and would spend money on myself. My feed isn't a place of reality.
"Sometimes my photos are whimsical and OTT and a little too pink, but I'm not presenting this as an 'idealistic' version of life that young girls should aspire to. Those who follow me will know my reality.
"I try to raise awareness for the digestive condition I suffer from, the same condition that years ago threatened me graduating from university. My Instagram has been an outlet to show you can be positive and have fun with life, despite this condition.
"I personally don't think my content is harmful to young girls but I do agree Instagram can present a false expectation for people to live up to. And I am wholeheartedly sorry if I've ever made anyone feel inadequate through my content. My life mission is quite the opposite.
"I am a strong 24-year-old woman who has experienced bullying in the past. I am and will be okay after this hideous experience. But another young girl or guy as the subject of a targeted hate campaign might not be okay.
"Please remember at the centre of every viral storm is a human being."
This story was originally published on The Sun and is republished with permission.