A social media influencer, who went viral earlier this year for a video in which she sobbed at the thought of getting a “9-5” job, revealed recently she has returned to stripping.
A video shared to YouTube by Jessy Taylor in early November shows the internet personality touring Disneyland before going to work as a dancer at strip club.
“I worked all night. It was such a great night. Literally one of the best nights I worked,” Taylor is heard saying in the clip.
In March, Taylor posted a video in which she lamented the deletion of her Instagram account and said she didn’t want to go back to stripping.
Jessy Taylor goes viral
The viral video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times, shows her weeping and complaining that her lack of marketable skills could lead her to return to sex work.
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 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 L.A. to not be like that. I’ve worked so f—ing 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.
Taylor said she “used to strip every single day.”
“I don’t even do that s–t anymore because I make all my money online. I don’t want to go back to that life.”
“Sorry that you’re entitled and incompetent, but people who HAVE NO FOLLOWINGS on INSTA still work REGULAR 9-5 JOBS okay get ur head out the gutter entitled brat,” tweeted one user, whose comment was representative of the general sentiment toward Taylor.
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.