TikTok star Addison Rae is facing backlash after she posted images of her working with the UFC, with some claiming she’s ‘taking jobs’ from qualified journalists.
Being one of TikTok’s most popular stars with over 80 million followers, Addison Rae has been able to participate in a huge array of opportunities throughout her short career in social media.
However, she often receives a great deal of backlash when starting up a new project, and this time has been no different.
On July 9 she posted a picture to Instagram showing her wearing some UFC workout gear, getting fans curious as to what Addison could be doing with the company.
Not long after, she posted several images to Twitter appearing to show her working as a reporter for the UFC. “I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment,” she joked.
Addison attended Louisiana State University for a brief period where she studied sports broadcasting, but after she blew up on TikTok she ended her studies.
However, many people have taken issue with the fact that Addison has been able to work with the UFC in that role, claiming that she’s taking the position from people who have worked for years to achieve a similar role.
“So you’re taking a job from someone who [dedicates] their time and money to get such a job, whereas you get it because of fame,” one frustrated Twitter user wrote.
so your taking a job from someone who delicates their time and money to get such a job, whereas you get it because of fame. we all know that if she wasn’t famous, 3 months wouldn’t cut it.
— elianna 💰. (@eliannancampos) July 10, 2021
Others claimed she took the job “without seeing all the suffering of each journalism student,” many criticizing her for getting the position thanks to her fame.
and to think that many people work day and night to pay for a university degree and for you to come and take away the job without seeing all the suffering of each journalism student. LMAOO Money fixes everything, I wish I had money and fame
— Valeee (@Valeesepulveda_) July 10, 2021
So what makes you qualified to do this job and not someone who genuinely loves mma
— walker 🇺🇸👑 (@WalkerMMA) July 10, 2021
While a TikTok of Addison interviewing Dustin Poirier got a similar response, there were some defending the star, saying it’s “pretty cool she’s getting the chance,” and calling out others for hating on her.
Even Minecraft YouTuber Dream commented on the images after they caused such a stir online.
people tell you to get a real job and then are mad when you get one smh /s
— dream (@dreamwastaken) July 10, 2021
Following all the backlash and going viral on Twitter, Addison herself cheekily commented that the internet’s reaction had actually gotten her fired, just 18 hours after the initial tweet. That… escalated quickly!
Jokes aside though, with her album and movie coming up it’s clear that Addison already has a very busy calendar, but even despite the backlash, fans will be keeping an eye out to see what work she does with UFC in the future.