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TikToker under fire after being bullied on Instagram Live for her looks

Published: 28/Sep/2020 23:01

by Virginia Glaze

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Sisters and TikTokers Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler are former Dance Moms stars-turned-internet sensations — but social media isn’t a nice place all the time, especially where comparison is involved.

For those not TikTok-savvy, the Ziegler sisters are pretty popular on the viral video app, boasting millions of followers a piece across multiple platforms — but there’s clear favoritism toward one sister out of the two siblings.

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Many viewers are quite vocal about their feelings toward Maddie, finding her to be the more physically attractive one out of the duo. This has unfortunately lead to mean comments and even outright bullying toward younger sister Mackenzie, which reared its ugly head during a recent Instagram Live.

The sisters went live on Instagram to speak to their fans when one commenter compared Mackenzie’s face to “puke” — more specifically, saying “Kenzie’s face is puke.”

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After Kenzie read the comment aloud, sister Maddie was quick to call out the offensive message and even threatened to report the user’s account.

That didn’t stop Mackenzie from making her own statement on the subject, defeatedly telling her sister, “This is why I don’t stand next to you.”

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Some fans took issue with Kenzie’s response to the mean message, though, claiming that she was attempting to guilt-trip her sister for her appearance, as well.

Kenzie addressed these concerns in a comment shortly thereafter, explaining that she’s been compared to her older sibling ever since she was a child and that she suffers from insecurity due to this near-constant comparison.

“To everyone saying that I’m trying to make Maddie feel guilty, I have always been compared to her since I was little,” she wrote. “That comment was implying that I was ugly compared to her. I am very insecure, so of course seeing comments like that gets to me. Sorry for giving the wrong impression.”

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This isn’t the first time TikTok siblings have been compared to each other, either; sisters Charli and Dixie D’Amelio seem to constantly be placed under the microscope, with angry viewers even accusing Dixie of copying Charli’s nose surgery.

Fans are showing ample support in wake of the hurtful comments and are pleading with fellow users to stop harassment and bullying in wake of several high-profile creators taking their leave of the app due to hateful trolls.

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Bella Poarch responds to hate over Justin Bieber & Benny Blanco TikTok

Published: 17/Oct/2020 13:16

by Georgina Smith

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Viral TikTok star Bella Poarch has caused a stir yet again after an insane collaboration with Benny Blanco and Justin Bieber, with some disgruntled user claiming that her popularity is not deserved enough to be collaborating with huge stars.

Belly Poarch has been one of the many breakout stars of video-sharing app TikTok. The 19-year-old has absolutely stormed people’s For You Pages with her adorable videos, and her lip sync to British diss track ‘M to the B’ earned the most likes on the app with a whopping 40 million.

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Her most popular content often involves her bobbing her head along to a viral TikTok sound along with cute facial expressions, a video style that has won her 37 million followers and substantial engagement on the platform.

Instagram: Bella Poarch
The TikTok star has over 37 million followers on the platform.

However, even her lighthearted videos have won her some controversy, with many claiming that her “kawaii” style was attempting to imitate children in a supposedly suggestive manner.

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At the time, Bella responded to the hate by saying “why is it not allowed to act cute? It’s a natural thing to most Asians. But people seem to hate me for it.” However her comment section is still packed with people who are opposed to her content, and the insane popularity she has won as a result.

Now, she has collaborated with none other than music producer Benny Blanco and Justin Bieber, which has exacerbated the hate to an extreme degree.

@bellapoarchI’m so lonely😔♬ justin bieber Lonely with benny blanco – Bella Poarch

The quirky video features Bella standing in an elevator alone to the tune of Bieber and Blanco’s ‘Lonely.’ The doors close, and when they open again, the three stars do a bizarre dance together with stuffed animals.

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While seemingly a recipe for breaking the internet, the comment section is a solid mix of positivity for TikTok meeting mainstream music, and negative comments directed towards Bella’s sudden rise to fame.

“Why is she famous again?” one user asked, in a comment that received over 200 likes. Many objected to the fact that she was able to meet such huge stars, saying “remind me again how she is able to meet all these people just because she nodded her head?”

Others called her “overrated” and claimed that she must have “sold her soul” to be able to participate in such an A-list collab.

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One fan said that “she doesn’t make content like she used to before her hype,” but Bella calmly replied, “people make fun of me for just shaking my head, so I’m switching things up a little.”

Within roughly 16 hours of it being posted, the TikTok has garnered 2.3 million likes and over 11 million views.

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