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Charli D’Amelio slams “disgusting” new TikTok trend

Published: 17/May/2020 14:13

by Calum Patterson

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As the leading creator on TikTok, Charli D’Amelio has a lot of influence over what becomes popular on the app, but she isn’t having any of a new trend that seemingly makes a mockery of disabilities.

TikTok is built on trends; popular dances, songs, voice-overs, or jokes that are repeated and recreated by the millions of creators on the platform.

D’Amelio herself knows this better than anyone, as she has consistently been a trendsetter during her time on the app, which has seen her accrue over 50 million followers and literally billions of likes.

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Charli is a trendsetter on TikTok, but she’s not backing this latest trend.

Most trends are innocent, a simple dance to a new catchy song for example, but some can take on a more sinister form. A ‘sound’ by user Zanayasligh instructs users to “break your wrist”, which is then imitated by contorting the hand as though they have had a spasm.

One TikTok user, whose daughter has cerebral palsy, said that the trend was “highly offensive” as it describes a pose “used by many with disabilities, largely including those with cerebral palsy, due to the weak muscles and their brain development.”

“Think of all the children and people you are insulting just because you think this is a ‘cool trend’.”

On Twitter, Charli used her massive audience to try to shut down the trend too. “Hello everyone, there is a sound going around on TikTok making fun of disabilities,” she wrote, explaining why it was unacceptable.

“The fact people think that the ‘trend’ is not disrespectful and disgusting is not okay!” Her Tweet was liked over 100,000 times in less than 24 hours, as fans praised her taking a strong stance on the controversy.

Although she may not have as many Twitter followers as she does on TikTok, D’Amelio’s voice carries a lot of weight on the video-sharing platform, and anyone who wants to avoid backlash will surely now avoid using the disrespectful sound.

Some have also questioned why TikTok itself hasn’t taken action against the sound and the many videos that use it. Perhaps now that their biggest star has spoken out though, things will change.

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TikToker Sienna Mae slammed by fans for “privileged” trip to Hawaii

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Sienna Mae faced backlash from fans after she posted a TikTok of herself going on a spontaneous trip to Hawaii.

TikToker Sienna Mae found herself at the receiving end of criticism recently after she posted a TikTok implying that she had gone to Hawaii to surprise her boyfriend, fellow TikTok star Jack Wright.

In a video posted on her TikTok, she can be seen receiving a text from her boo, who was already in Hawaii, saying how he “wished [she] was here” before throwing clothes in a suitcase, driving to the airport and surprising Wright on a Hawaiian beach.

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Due to the current health crisis, fans didn’t react well to Mae’s trip. Several TikTok users reminded Mae in the comments that “we are in a p*ndemic”, with one TikTok user quipping that they “can’t even go to the store” due to the current restrictions.

In response to the backlash, Mae commented on her original TikTok claiming that she flew to Hawaii for work and had tested negative prior to her arrival.

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TikTok: Sienna Mae
Mae reassured fans that she had tested negative and was taking all the necessary precautions during her trip.

However, for fans on Twitter, this wasn’t good enough. One user said: “She’s privileged enough to have a job that she can comfortably work from home with and make thousands of dollars a DAY. Why exactly does she have to go to Hawaii?”

Meanwhile, another Twitter user cast doubt over Mae’s claims, joking: “Yeah right! I’d like to know what job lets you run off to Hawaii! How can I get hired there?”

Mae is yet to publicly comment further on this backlash.

Who is Sienna Mae?

Sienna Mae Gomez is a California-based TikTok star who has seen exponential growth in popularity during the late summer/early autumn of this year.

Although she is only sixteen years old, she has already grown a sizeable platform due to her entertaining dance videos and content advocating for body positivity. She currently has 10.7 million followers on TikTok and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

While some TikTok stars gained their platform over time, Mae’s rise to TikTok stardom was fairly rapid, with TheNetline reporting that she gained 1.5 million TikTok followers in two weeks.

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Instagram: Sienna Mae Gomez
Alongside her work as an influencer, Sienna Mae is also an outspoken advocate for body positivity.

Many would be intimidated by such a rapid rise to fame, but in an interview with The NetLine in September, Mae said: “I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. This is what I have been saying I’ve wanted to do ever since I came out of the womb. I’m really happy and I really am thankful for the support. I am ecstatic about my TikTok fame.”

Mae has been dating Jack Wright since October, with the two confirming their relationship with a kiss at Saddle Ranch on 12 October. She met Wright at the high school they both attend.