Three weeks ago, a Nashville-based Instagram influencer got into an accident while riding her motorcycle. Tiffany Mitchell posted a series of photographs on Instagram that show her lying on the road after the accident. According to Metro, Tiffany claimed in her Instagram post that the pictures were clicked by her friend, a professional photographer.
However, many Instagram users slammed her for "glamourising" an accident. Others accused her of staging the motorcycle crash for 'likes'. Some also found a water bottle in the photographs suspicious and accused her of product placement.
An Instagram influencer named Tiffany s getting heat for turning her recent minor motorcycle accident into a PHOTO SHOOT. She had a friend who was a photographer with her at the time, and that friend took artsy photos of Tiffany in pain . . . which Tiffany then put on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/7E1Vpryzsg— Dave Ryan (@daveryankdwb) August 21, 2019
Thank God, they the awareness of mind to have the product placement of the water.— Mark Tonskin (@MTonskin) August 20, 2019
This accident looks so staged though— Lauren O'Neil (@laurenonizzle) August 20, 2019
I'm so confused about the a) lack of proper leathers. Surely she would have lost far more skin. And if she was brought up on bikes, she should know better than to not wear them. B) the fact her helmet is spotless (which should not have been removed - again, raised round bikes...— Tess Blanchflower ???? (@tishtoshtess) August 20, 2019
As someone who lost a family member in a bike accident last year I find this hugely insulting. Glamorising an accident that can be tragic gives the unrealistic expectation that it's okay if you have an accident as it will look this 'perfect' when that is so far from the truth— Lady Writes (@LadyWrites_Blog) August 20, 2019
Tiffany archived her post, made on July 31, after receiving massive backlash. However, on Wednesday, she addressed the issue in a new Instagram post and denied the allegations.
"I've been accused of staging the accident to get attention, using it as a product placement opportunity with a water company, and other things I can't even wrap my head around," wrote Tiffany. "Accusing someone of faking or exploiting an accident is extremely serious-because what if you're wrong?
"It really happened to me, and I was scared. I really was injured and had to recover," she said.
She also defended her decision to share pictures of the motorcycle crash on Instagram and wrote: "When I found out my professional photographer friend who I'd been shooting with earlier took photos of everything, I was completely moved. I shared this on my feed with humans who have been on a journey with me for years because I knew they would understand what it meant to me..."
Read her post below:
I've been figuring out how to respond to everything that's unfolded recently regarding the post I shared 3 weeks ago about my moto accident. I won't get into that post here (see my Moto Accident story highlight for all the details), but I want to talk about the reactions I've been getting to the article @buzzfeednews posted sensationalizing what I went through that day, and making a mockery of the post I shared. As a result, I've been accused of staging the accident to get attention, using it as a product placement opportunity with a water company, and other things I can't even wrap my head around. I've been sharing real life stories here since I started my account. I've opened up about miscarriage, divorce, anxiety, losing my partner in a moto accident 3 years ago, and navigating the grief that followed. I've chosen to use Instagram as a tool for healing and connecting with other humans who may be going through similar things so we can do it together. And it's been beautiful. When I work with brands, they're ones I personally enjoy, and I disclose every single sponsorship. Accusing someone of faking or exploiting an accident is extremely serious—because what if you're wrong? It really happened to me, and I was scared. I really was injured and had to recover. I was in shock laying on the side of the road, having flashbacks to when I lost someone very important to me. Friends were by my side, strangers called an ambulance, waited while I was checked out and then gave me a ride home. When I found out my professional photographer friend who I'd been shooting with earlier took photos of everything, I was completely moved. I shared this on my feed with humans who have been on a journey with me for years because I knew they would understand what it meant to me and I understood what it would mean to them. I'm sad that something so true and personal has been treated this way, and disappointed in BuzzFeed for spinning it there. I would just ask that if you're here because of this, consider that the post I made was something real that happened in my life that resonated deeply with me and those who have chosen to follow me. That's what it was intended for. ????????
Smartwater, the company whose water bottle was visible in Tiffany's pictures, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that they do not have a partnership with her.
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