It was only a matter of time until influencers found a way to try to capitalize on the protests against police brutality taking place across the country for Instagram clout.
On Monday night a video of a woman in Santa Monica interrupting a man boarding up his business just to take a photo pretending to be helping out during the protests and then immediately jumping into her Mercedes went viral.
This lady stopped someone boarding up a store in Santa Monica so she could hold the drill for a picture, then drove away. Please don’t do this. #santamonicaprotest #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterLA pic.twitter.com/lgt2rZogk9
— ewu (@ewufortheloss) June 1, 2020
The influencer/writer was immediately identified as Fiona Moriarity-McLaughlin aka FactswithFiona and was blasted by everyone Twitter and Instagram.
This is Fiona Moriarty-McLaughlin, a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner who also once published an article titled “Six things to do with that Avocado lying around your dorm room.” https://t.co/Re5ohejt70
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) June 2, 2020
.@factswithfiona you are disgusting human being. I hope everyone sees this. All of us out busting our ass this morning and you post this crap, get back in your Benz and don’t come back.
— Jax (@mrjaxtaylor) June 2, 2020
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) June 2, 2020
Fiona immediately put all over her social media accounts on private after the backlash.
omg it’s the bitch who complained about the billboard that was spray painted!!!! GIRL WHY U HIDIN??? pic.twitter.com/PW79V1zkpr
— thots and prayers (@elnewcomb) June 2, 2020
Fiona was the first influencer to get caught to trying to get clout during the protests but she surely is going to be the last considering videos are already beginning to pop up of people trying to pose for Instagram pictures during marches.