It is a known fact that some social media influencers will do everything just to gain the internet’s attention. Sometimes, the photos and videos they share are borderline fake. It comes to a point that many people cannot differentiate whether the influencer is for real, or just faking it til they make it!
When Nashville blogger Tiffany Mitchell got into a motorcycle accident, she decided to share the photos taken of her after the crash. However, she did not receive the expected attention. Instead, she is now receiving backlash because of one of her sponsored posts which she posted moments before the accident.
Mitchell’s post regarding her accident was near the end of July. She shared a photo and wrote how this left her shaken but she was lucky to only have minor scrapes. If you look at it that way, it is somehow real in that angle. But the photoshoot looked like it was taken by a professional photographer!
Everything looked fake for the netizens. This includes the scene of the crash as well as the bottle of Smart Water that looked like it was strategically placed to look like an ad. Mitchell’s post has long been deleted but people were already able to screenshot them including her caption.
The caption reads:
This is me and my bike about an hour before I got in an accident. If you watched my stories Sunday you know all about it, but if you didn’t, here’s the scary, magical series of events. A few of us rode down to Liepers Fork Saturday to explore and take pictures. My sweet friend Lindsey was shooting and my OTHER sweet friend Martyn was riding while a friend of Lindsey’s drove the jeep.
She continued to explain that they were playing around for a couple of hours before they headed back to Nashville early that night. She had to drive through a secluded two-lane stretch and accidentally misjudged a curve. She took it too quickly and her bike went off the road. Her motorcycle slid through the grass and she hit the pavement. Luckily, she had her helmet on so her head was fine. All she got was some scrapes on her left side.
“I was in absolute shock laying on the side of the road. Scroll through the pics to see how much of it Lindsey captured. Unreal!”
She also shared that the very next day, she could barely move. She added, “…and I texted my mom (who raised me on the back of HER motorcycle) to tell her what happened…She asked if I would ever ride again, I said yes…Then she said it all, “Life is a gift and an adventure.”
Right after her post, people started to question the authenticity of the accident and the photos. A commenter wrote, “This must have been super scary and I’m glad you’re okay, but… 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.”
Through the backlash, Mitchell explained that everything she said was true. She told BuzzFeed that she would never turn this important personal story into a brand campaign. She also tried to address the controversy through an Instagram story.
Do you think this accident was staged? Is all this drama just for an ad campaign?