To obtain fame on social media, some influencers undertake a variety of strange things. They’ve done it all, from lying about their lifestyle to photo retouching, and they’ve been busted for it.
The following is a list of influencers who have been chastised for their lies and deeds.
- In July of last year, a Chinese vlogger was caught applying facial filters to make herself appear younger.
This blogger, who uses the handle “Her Royal Highness Qiao Biluo” on social media, was chastised for applying face filters to make herself appear younger. She was dubbed a “cute goddess” until she was exposed due to a technical error during live streaming. She was actually a 58-year-old woman who pretended to be considerably younger than she was.
- In 2016, this YouTuber was caught faking colour blindness.
Logan Paul released a video in which he claimed that a pair of sunglasses had corrected his colour blindness. He didn’t have any colour blindness and could see all colours in reality. In his defence, he stated that all he intended to do was create incredible content that demonstrated what it means to be colorblind. He also admitted that his reaction was exaggerated. Here’s a link to the video.
- In 2019, this Instagram couple was chastised for asking their followers for $11,000 in order to go on vacation.
Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt, who run the Instagram profile Another Beautiful Day Official, asked their fans to help them collect €10,000 so that they could go on a vacation to Africa, which did not go down well. They were dubbed “egotistical brats” and “shameful, self-indulgent bludgers” by the public.
- This Instagram influencer was caught on camera capturing her motorcycle accident, and she was accused of sponsoring the postings and glamorising the incident.
Tiffany Mitchell shared a series of images on Instagram shortly after being involved in a motorcycle accident in August 2019. Her supporters, on the other hand, were not convinced. They accused her of glamorising the mishap, with some even speculating that it appeared to be sponsored by SmartWater. Mitchell defended herself by saying it was never her purpose to draw unfavourable attention to the post and that she was merely thankful that someone had chronicled the encounter.
- Her father exposed this young YouTuber for lying about her age and deceiving people into thinking she was pregnant.
Danielle Cohn rose to prominence in 2019 after suspicions about her age and her suggestive social media posts went viral. She also lied about being pregnant, in addition to lying about her age. Finally, her own father exposed her on Facebook, where he wrote a lengthy post (since deleted) stating that Danielle was only 13 years old and that he’d had enough of her being online in ways he didn’t ‘accept’ of. She responded by claiming she does not do anything she does not want to do.
- In September of last year, this Chinese influencer was chastised by her landlord for appearing to live a lavish lifestyle. She lived in a squalid flat in reality.
Lisa Li was living a lie-filled existence. She frequently talked about her opulent lifestyle, but in reality, she resided in a filthy apartment. Her landlord exposed her after filming a video in the apartment that showed rotting food, unclean dishes, dog waste, and a filthy cage. Li later apologised to her landlord and proceeded to tidy her apartment.
- In 2019, this ostensibly influential Instagram user was criticised for advocating “butthole sunning.”
This ‘healer,’ known on Instagram as Metaphysical Meagan, was chastised by her admirers and followers for encouraging “perineum sunbathing” to increase energy, manage hormones, and strengthen organs. For those who are unfamiliar, “perineum/butthole sunbathing” entails aiming your butthole at the sky for 5 minutes each day.
- This YouTuber was called out by her followers in November 2019 for lying about her house being haunted.
Daisy Marquez, a YouTuber, claimed to be seeing paranormal activity at home in a video she shared on Twitter. A suddenly open door could be seen behind her, but her supporters were not convinced. They claimed she staged the whole thing. Daisy, on the other hand, refuted the charges.
- Instagram influencer Sarah McDaniel lied about having heterochromia (two different coloured iris), and her career was damaged as a result.
In March of last year, she was discovered when others noticed that her eye colour was constantly shifting, ranging from a deep blue to a vivid turquoise. Her father agreed with her that she was lying as well. She defended herself by claiming that her eyes seem different in different lights and that she has heterochromia.
- This Instagram influencer was caught fabricating a trekking photo by her own sister.
Casey Sosnowski of Florida shared a photo of herself hiking at Lake Okahumpka Park and Trail in 2019. Everything appeared to be good until Carly revealed that the photo was taken in their backyard, not the hiking area as Casey said.
- Santoshi Shetty, an Indian fashion influencer, attracted backlash after advertising therapy for $1500 on Instagram.
Santoshi Shetty, a fashion blogger, announced a project called Flying Cheese on Instagram in July 2020, where she provided one-on-one treatment sessions for $1500. She claimed that she wished to initiate a conversation about mental health and to assist individuals who are dealing with it. The goal of this campaign was to spread positive energy and vibes, however it backfired. Internet users and mental health professionals were quick to criticise her for her careless and insensitive behaviour. She later apologised for her post.
- Charli D’Amelio and her sister Dixie, both famous Tik-Tokers, were called out for their contentious behaviour in a YouTube video aired in November of this year.
After being caught being nasty to their private chef in a YouTube video titled Dinner With The D’Amelios, the D’Amelio sisters lost a large fan following on TikTok. During the dinner, Charli also bemoaned the fact that she had not yet reached the 100 million mark, which did not go over well with her fans. Viewers were enraged by their behaviour. She defended herself by saying that they should have done a better job editing and that they accept full responsibility for their acts. Here’s a link to the video.
- After allegedly faking a vacation to Paris in 2018, this Swedish Instagram star was heavily criticised.
Johanna Olsson, 28, was reportedly on an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris, but her photos from the trip led others to believe she had excessively manipulated them. In fact, she looks to be ‘floating’ on a bridge over the Seine in one of the photos. She later revealed that she had edited the shot to get a good background after receiving backlash. Here’s a picture of what I’m talking about.
- In 2018, the proprietor of a hotel revealed this influencer for requesting a free stay.
Elle Darby, a UK-based blogger, emailed the proprietor of The White Moose Cafe and the Charleville Lodge Hotel, requesting a complimentary stay at his establishment. The hotel uploaded a screenshot of her email on their official page after getting this strange request, and it quickly went viral. Her fans chastised her for being a slacker. Later, the hotel issued a statement indicating that no influencers would be permitted to remain on their premises and that they were prohibited.