Instagram influencers have evolved over the past decade into something so wild we couldn't have seen it coming. These pseudo-celebrity personalities are popping up all across social media offering their tips on haircare, daily diets and letting us see a small glimpse of what it's like to live a day in their shoes. And it's no surprise that online influencers want attention. After all, attention, negative or otherwise, often equals followers.
Whether that means going to great lengths to get the perfect snapshot to boost their like count or offending an entire nation... anything goes, really.
One influencer, in particular, has come under fire recently for offering some slightly unorthodox wellness advice. "Metaphysical Meagan" as she's called on Instagram, recently posted a photo of herself, highlighting the benefits of "Perineum Sunning," which can also be known as sun-bathing your bum.
Want to know the full story? Keep reading for a dive into the world of a social media influencer.
We are living in generation Instagram.People seem to be more hooked on their phones than ever - taking pictures of anything and everything and eagerly posting them to the app.
And with the rise of Instagram comes the rise of the influencer.
They share everything with their followers.
Influencers also take us on vacation with them.
From Iceland to Tokyo, to Bali. They share the ideal life across multiple pictures a day.With tropical scenery and breathtaking temples, it's no wonder so many Instagram-addicts flock to places like these in order to up their Instagram game.
It looks like all fun and games, but is it really?
But influencers have somehow managed to offend areas like these on more than one occasion...forced to delete her Instagram after posting a controversial photo wherein she compared her life to that of a rice farmer in Bali?
Yeah, it was pretty bad...
Despite issuing an apology, people were still massively angry at the influencer.
Bali is also home to a number of sacred temples, many of which have fallen victim to disrespectful vacationers.
via: ShutterstockThe tourist hot-spots are seeing a rise in disrespectful behavior. So much so that, according to The Guardian, authorities in Bali are planning to introduce new rules and regulations for tourists visiting the sacred sites – including people posing in bikinis and climbing over Hindu structures. Last year, Bali's deputy governor, Tjokorda Oka Artha Sukawati, known as Cok Ace, said that the authorities are looking to re-evaluate the system that currently allows tourists to visit the island's temples unaccompanied.
Why would you disrespect a sacred site like that for the sake of an Instagram snap or video?
Because an influencer has just offended the entire nation after posting a "disgusting" video captured at Bali's Beji Temple.
via: AsianWireCzech influencer couple, Sabina Dolezalova and Zdenek Slouka, were vacationing in Bali when they visited the famed Beji Temple located in the Ubud Monkey Forest.
But instead of enjoying the sites, the had something else in mind...
via: AsianWireThe couple filmed a clip, which saw Dolezalova have holy water splashed on her butt by her boyfriend, and posted it to social media.
The offensive clip has been causing a stir with locals.
via: InstagramThe couple’s behavior has really rattled the locals and is said to be another example of the disrespect shown by tourists towards the temples, with local designer, Niluh Djelantik, calling for Bali to become more "selective" when it comes to the tourists who visit the destination after the since-deleted clip surfaced.
Why did they think that it was a good idea to post it?
via: InstagramIn the video, Dolezalova and Slouka can be seen standing in front of a shrine of holy water in the Hindu temple, before Slouka puts his hand under the running water. His influencer girlfriend then bends over and lifts up her skirt, and Slouka splashes the holy water on to her butt as she screams and giggles at how cold it is. We can't think of a single reason why this was a smart idea.
The couple claimed to have no idea that the water was sacred.
Such as the health and wellness "Gurus."
Her content ranges from personalized videos about nutrition...
Well, that's not all Meagan posts about.
It's called "Perineum Sunning"
It is said to provide surges of energy and better sleep.
Tons more Instagramers have gotten in trouble. Take, for example, Jessy Taylor.
Jessy uploaded a tearful video to YouTube in response.
via: YoutubeShe said she was "nothing without [her] following" and that she knows "people like to see me be down, be like them, be like the 90 percenters," which is, sure, a little dramatic and mean. But it was Jessy's next comment that crushed her.
Jessy referred to losing her Instagram as "a murder."
via: YoutubeSpeaking to Insider, Jessy described calling the police to describe what had happened to her. "They said you can't compare a murder to this, and I was like, no, that's exactly what it felt like." And that was way too far. Even people who didn't want to see a random person lose their livelihood had to be like, "um, murders are for sure worse."
Another group of Instagramers who got in trouble were Catalin Onc and Elena Engelhardt.Another Beautiful Day, where they go all around the world and post beautiful pictures of their travels. But that has to be expensive, right?
So, Onc and Engelhardt asked their fans for some help.
It was entirely twee, and entirely entitled.
Instagram blogger Caroline Calloway thought she could pull off a "creativity workshop."
Maybe she over-promised a bit?
It had the air of a scam, but might've just been poor planning.
Scammer's 1200 mason jars arrived today. I just lost a lung laughing so hard. https://t.co/7KOLgBv9pF— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Kayleigh Donaldson)1547230579.0
Beauty YouTuber Mar might've unfairly ruined a local business.
Mar made a video while at the low-rated salon, and had some harsh criticisms.
via: YoutubeFirst if all, Mar didn't make any efforts to hide anything identifiable about the salon, showing their exterior. Then, she made a ton of references to salmonella while she was in the chair. I don't really know what the point of this challenge is if not to shame the business owners, but Mar sure did that to the extreme. Mar even claimed to get a skin infection from the makeup days later.
Then, the makeup artist's daughter called Mar out on Twitter.
So @MarialeOficial GOT HER MAKE UP DONE LAST MONDAY, WENT TO DOCTOR AND GOT MEDICINE THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS NOW???? F… https://t.co/dwxn38YIbL— tiff (@tiff)1563761568.0
Mar defended herself in the comments.
@TeaSpillYT Everything on my video is 100% real (aside from obvious jokes, such as “salmonella spray”, obviously th… https://t.co/9qvVmduCdt— Mariale M💕 (@Mariale M💕)1563774676.0
Youtube family The Inghams did maybe the creepiest thing I've ever seen online.
The family announced they were making limited edition life-like Jace dolls.
my heads gone chris ingham and his family are genuinely selling a £350 replica of their actual new born child for… https://t.co/HliGaV0gFm— Callum Markie (@Callum Markie)1563995917.0
And they don't seem to mind selling replicas of the family.
via: YoutubeEven though the internet responded pretty negatively to what sure seems like a self-inflicted boundary-crossing, the Inghams are still selling members of their family, with their dog Prinny becoming the next piece of merch. I am shivering right now.
This Chinese vlogger let it slip a bit.
via: YoutubeA vlogger on the Chinese platform Douyu who calls herself "Your Highness Qiao Biluo" looked like a cute lil' 20-something. But a technical glitch in the middle of a stream caused all her facial filters to drop, and the internet saw her real face — the face of a 58-year-old woman.
She was collecting donations from fans, so could Qiao Biluo have been in legal trouble?
via: YoutubeVice spoke to a lawyer, who said, "Qiao’s willfully deceptive practices amounted to fraud, and those who had been swindled on false pretenses could lodge a claim on that basis." But really, on the internet, aren't you supposed to assume no one is who they say they are?
Tiffany Mitchell is a lifestyle blogger who tried to turn lemons into lemonade.
You see, Tiffany's photographer friend followed her on the ride.
via: InstagramWhen Tiffany took a spill, that photog buddy hopped out and... took a bunch of really beautiful pictures. Honest to god, these look like staged recreations, and they made it look like what must have been a pretty scary incident look gorgeous and inspiring.
Commenters didn't like the mixed messages.
via: InstagramEven though Tiffany wrote about the incident as a terrifying ordeal like, well, a terrifying ordeal, the notion that she made it look as glamorous felt off. One commentor wrote, if my friend continued to take photos while I was lying semi-unconscious in the road, I’d be furious. I love your photos but it’s a little weird to include those." Tiffany's since archived the post and told BuzzFeed News that, no matter how it looked, she "would never turn a very important personal story like this into a brand campaign."
This travel blogger lost some of her realness cred.
She photoshopped the exact same clouds into her every picture.
This travel ‘influencer’ spookily has the same clouds in every photo. 😲🤔😆 https://t.co/uYzXhTiRJp— Matt Navarra (@Matt Navarra)1567008916.0
But ultimately, things turned out okay for Martina.
Haley Pham accidentally let her entitlement show.
She said her trip to Greece — Greece! — was "not fun."
via: YoutubeHaley took what would be for most people a once-in-a-lifetime experience — flying to Greece — and made a video about how bad it was. She said, “I highly discourage you from going to Greece. Not only are they economically struggling and just the government is struggling right now, but it’s just like not fun."
It would've been one thing to say she didn't enjoy her trip...... but to dissuade her audience from experiencing a beautiful country and labeling it "not fun"? No good. A lot of viewers commented, saying she was "spoiled" and "entitled." Sometimes you've got to cover your bases and label that hot take as what it is — an opinion — instead of writing off an entire country and culture. And that's just my opinion.
Lisa Li looked like she was livin' the life.
via: YoutubeLisa Li, an influencer from China, did her best to make it seem like she was living a glamorous life. And yes, she did travel and hold dinner parties and do other things you generally expect out of the first two-thirds of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. But she was hiding something from her audience. And if it hasn't been made apparent yet, trying to trick your followers is the worst thing you can do.
But Lisa's apartment was out-of-control filthy.
via: YoutubeEnter: Lisa's landlord. Apparently, Lisa had let her apartment go been ducking her landlord's calls for a while. You see, Lisa had let her apartment go, in every sense of the word. It was disgustingly filthy, in stark contrast to the glamorous life she appeared to have on social media.
The landlord's only option was to reveal the apartment to Lisa's audience.
via: YoutubeIn a livestream, Lisa's landlord entered the apartment to show off the conditions in which Lisa lived. Of course, a lot of Lisa's followers felt betrayed, and they responded by calling her "fake." But Lisa ultimately apologized to the landlord, accepted responsibility, and cleaned her apartment on stream. That's about as good a resolution as you can hope for.