“I know people like to see me be down and be like them, the 90 percenters, the people who work 9-5. That is not me.”
In a video that has since gone viral, a social media influencer devastated by the deletion of her Instagram account broke down sobbing and said her lack of marketable skills could lead her to return to sex work.
“I have no job qualifications. I could never work a normal job. I’m worthless. I bring nothing to the fucking table. Zero,” a devastated Jessy Taylor confessed to her nearly 4,000 followers on YouTube last week.
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According to Taylor, her Instagram account was taken down after multiple people reported it as spam. The 21-year-old blogger had racked up more than 113,000 followers on the platform, which she said served as a main source of her revenue.
“I’m nothing without my following,” she cried in the video.
Taylor revealed that prior to becoming a social media star, she worked at McDonald’s and as a prostitute and stripper.
“I know people like to see me be down and be like them, the 90 percenters, the people who work 9-5. That is not me,” she complained. “I am in LA to not be like that. I’ve worked so fucking hard to get where I am. I don’t want to go back to that life.”
She accused the “trolls” reporting her account of “ruining” her life. “I’m not work material… I will never be work material,” Taylor said, after claiming she has “no skills,” frequently gets into fights and has $20,000 in debt from college loans.
“The last thing I want to do is be a fucking homeless prostitute on the fucking streets doing meth,” she said near the end of her rant.
The rise of influencer marketing as a legitimate promotional strategy for brands and corporations has led to an explosion of social media savvy youths of dubious talents and, arguably, even less in the way of substance. Critics argue that this wave of attention-hungry young bloggers, models and pranksters reflect modern society’s vapid self-absorption, obsession with technology and attraction to shock content.
In an article for The Atlantic, responding to a controversial video in which social media superstar Logan Paul filmed himself visiting Japan’s “suicide forest,” Robinson Meyer argued that our culture’s preoccupation with online stimulation had resulted in warped incentives for American youth.
“As online platforms have pursued engagement to the detriment of everything else, they have come to favor content that dehumanizes us. Meanwhile, the same platforms dominate more and more of teen culture,” he wrote.
“We stuck a smartphone in every 14-year-old’s hand and told them it could make them famous. Little wonder that the kids who won that lottery don’t know when to turn the camera off. Little wonder that before the backlash, Paul’s video was going viral. The internet’s only currency is attention,” Meyer added.
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