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Madison Beer hits back at claims she used protest for “photo op”

Published: 3/Jun/2020 17:52

by Alice Hearing


TikTok star and musician Madison Beer has responded to claims she posed for a “photo op” during a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles.

A viral video shared on Tuesday, June 2, accused the star of “performative activism.” The video appeared to show Madison Beer posing in front of a photographer on top of a car with a placard, yards away from a Black Lives Matter protest in LA.

The video quickly gained traction and soon there were countless posts criticizing Beer for apparently exploiting the demonstrations for a photo opportunity.

During the day, Madison live-tweeted from the protest, warning others of “TEAR GAS AND RUBBER BULLETS ON HOLLYWOOD AND VINE” and responding to fans concerned about the events, telling them to ‘Get to safety’ and informing them of road closures.

But suspicious fans compared Madison Beer to other celebrities known to have attended protests such as Ariana Grande and Timothee Chalamet, saying that only Madison appeared to get “Paps.”

Another wrote: “Ariana Grande is 20x times more famous than Madison Beer and we got 0 paparazzi photos of her at the protest… connect the dots people.”

Madison Beer responds to criticism

But Madison replied on Twitter saying “I have been protesting for days. this is not and never was a photo op it is me standing with a movement and getting out there to spread a message I believe in. that is all.”

The photographer in the video who goes by @Jshvisions, shared the images he took to Instagram and defended Madison, also posting on Twitter.

He wrote: “There’s rumors spreading around that I was hired by Madison to take pictures of her at the BLM March yesterday. These rumors are 100 percent untrue. I was taking pictures at the event and ran into Madison while also marching at the event.”

Madison Beer is one of TikTok’s biggest stars, boasting over ten million followers on the platform and over 1.8 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. She also has a budding music career, but is equally well-known as an influencer, with a further 19 million followers.


YouTubers & influencers congratulate Halsey on pregnancy announcement

Published: 28/Jan/2021 0:45

by Theo Salaun


Singer-songwriter Halsey is pregnant – and social media, from influencers and YouTubers to countless fans, has lit up with congratulations for the beloved cultural sensation.

Ashley ‘Halsey’ Nicolette Frangipane is an American singer-songwriter with Grammy nominations, Billboard accolades and, above all else, a feverish social media following. Known for her activism and eclecticism, the musician has become a cultural icon with fans across the world.

That variety of fans is not restrained to just social media stans, either, as the singer has apparently amassed a ton of appreciation from fellow influencers. Some of the biggest names from YouTube and social media have popped up congratulating her, nestled between messages from the 36.9 million followers Halsey boasts throughout Instagram and Twitter. 

Posting a “surprise” Instagram carousel of baby bump pictures, the 26-year-old’s comment section is filled with verified check marks sending their love and joy. From established models (and fellow activists) like Emily Ratajkowski to YouTube superstars like James Charles, the support has been nothing short of overflowing.

In the replies to Halsey’s viral IG post, influencer Gabbie Hanna was joined by TikTok legend Addison Rae by sending an ecstatic “congratulations” message. Singer Olivia Rodrigo, whose “Drivers License” track has gone viral on TikTok, joined in too, but wasn’t satisfied with just one message.

In all caps (the pinnacle of excitement), Rodrigo sent a “YESSSS” before following up with a “SENDING U SO MUCH LOVE.”

Similarly uppercased, Charles chimed in with a reply that seems to concisely echo the sentiments shared by all of Halsey’s fans and friends: “CONGRATULATIONS AHHH.”

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Aside from being happy about the idea of a mini version of Halsey entering the world, close fans are likely well-aware of how meaningful the moment is for her. The singer has been candid about her past with infertility and her desire for a child, as a 2015 miscarriage prompted the song “More” on her Manic album.

In the wake of such a harrowing history with the desire to bear a child, the news of Halsey’s pregnancy is certainly cause for celebration. Caps-locked congratulations are most certainly in order and few, influencers and fans alike, have held back in rejoicing with the singer and her boyfriend, screenwriter Alev Aydin.

“More,” too, can now be played with added joy. Some of its more expressive lyrics take on a new dimension, as a foreseeing welcome to her baby: “And when you decide it’s your time to arrive, I’ve loved you for all of my life.”