An Instagram influencer ‘losing followers by the day’ after supporting anti-lockdown protests has lashed out at her critics.
Chloe Szepanowski said people criticising her for her anti-science views ‘have an illness worse than any virus going around now’ – in an apparent reference to Covid.
Her statement comes after a podcast revealed she had recently lost more than 6,000 Instagram followers after slamming Australia’s latest round of lockdowns.
Rant: Influencer Chloe Szepanowski says people criticising her for her anti-science views ‘have an illness worse than any virus going around now’ – in an apparent reference to Covid-19
The YouTuber wrote on Instagram Stories on Tuesday: ‘To articles, gossip pages, podcasts, people, anyone out there to put others down – and in that fact [sic] anyone feeding that, listening to that, engaging in that: I’m here to set a harsh boundary.
‘It’s 2021. And if you still participate in feeding on gossip, drama, putting others down, you have an illness and I’m telling you it’s worse than any virus going around now.
‘Do you really like being so negative and horrible? Does it make you feel good to put others down?’
A lot on her mind: The mother of one ranted on Instagram: ‘To articles, gossip pages, podcasts, people, anyone out there to put others down… I’m here to set a boundary’
Undue influencer: Chloe, who regularly spruiks wellness products like ‘immunity shots’ and mushroom ‘hot chocolate’ on social media, then offered some advice
Chloe, who regularly spruiks wellness products like ‘immunity shots’ and mushroom ‘hot chocolate’ on social media, then offered some advice.
‘If you’re doing this I really encourage you to be better. Take your power back and become better for your own life instead of putting others down to get them on the level you are so miserable on,’ she said.
‘I promise you I used to be judgmental [and] negative but that was when I was really unhappy in myself. Now I’m thriving I don’t need to associate in that. Because I feel GOOD. And that brings me down now.
‘If you’re still here and you don’t want to be be better, unfollow me. I don’t have time for people that aren’t willing to be better.’
Challenge accepted: ‘If you’re still here and you don’t want to be be better, unfollow me. I don’t have time for people that aren’t willing to be better,’ she wrote
Misinformation: The model, who has no medical or scientific background, subsequently posted more anti-vaxxer memes advocating against the use of ‘pharmaceuticals’ for health
Admitting the toll her battle with science was taking, she continued: ‘I’m losing followers by the day and I literally am waving them goodbye. The more alignment for me, the better. Only up from here!
‘It’s 2021, we are bettering ourselves, we are taking our own power back, we are creating the incredible lives we desire.’
‘If you don’t align to that, goodbye!’ concluded the mother of one.
The model, who has no medical or scientific background, subsequently posted more anti-vaxxer memes advocating against the use of ‘pharmaceuticals’ for health.
More than four million people have died from coronavirus worldwide.
Not helping: More than four million people have died from coronavirus worldwide. Seen here is another of Chloe’s anti-science posts
Not all influencers are suffering during the ongoing pandemic, however.
Former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield, 26, gained more than 16,000 new followers since she began promoting the Covid-19 vaccine on Instagram, according to Amy, Sophie and Kate Taeuber’s Outspoken podcast.
These numbers prove there is a growing backlash against influencers spreading misinformation about vaccines with their impressionable young followers.
Winners are grinners! Abbie Chatfield (left) has gained thousands of Instagram followers after sharing pro-vaccine posts, while Chloe (right) lost followers after publicly supporting an anti-lockdown protest
On the podcast, Kate explained she had recently unfollowed celebrities who shared dangerous anti-vaccination messages with their followers.
Citing research from the social media analytics website Social Blade, Kate said she realised one of the influencers she followed, Chloe, had actually lost many fans.
‘Over the last 30 days, she has actually lost over 6,000 followers,’ the journalist said.
However, Chloe’s YouTube star partner Mitchell Orval had only lost about 60 followers over the same period, she added.
You go, girl: Abbie has gained more than 16,000 new followers since she began sharing her pro-science takes on Instagram
Dumb takes: Meanwhile, anti-vaxxer Chloe shed 6,000 fans in the same period
Both have posted anti-lockdown messages on their pages despite a lack of any medical qualifications, and also follow anti-vaxxer accounts.
However, Chloe and Mitch have both stated they’re not anti-vaxxers in the past.
The Outspoken hosts, who are identical triplets, were excited to announce that Abbie had benefitted from her pro-science stance.
‘In some more positive news, Abbie Chatfield has gained 16,290 followers in the last 30 days,’ Kate said.
Plain wrong: Chloe has posted anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown messages on her account despite a lack of any medical qualifications, and also follows anti-vaxxer pages
The boost in influence comes after Abbie urged her fellow influencers to encourage their followers to get the Covid-19 shot.
The reality TV star shared a video to Instagram this week urging social media personalities to speak out in support of the vaccine.
‘To my fellow influencers who follow me… I’ve gotten so many direct messages from people who have said they’ve gotten the vaccine because they have seen me speak about it and they’ve felt better about getting AstraZeneca,’ she said.
‘It may get at least one more person vaccinated’: Abbie has urged other influencers to encourage their followers to get the Covid-19 vaccine
‘So I think if you have a platform right now and you feel like doing something good, you could speak about the vaccine if you feel you want to,’ she added.
‘The anti-vaxxers are unwell so no pressure but if you’ve been unsure, it genuinely may get at least one more person vaccinated.’
Abbie’s post comes after she received her first AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday.
‘Speak out’: The 26-year-old shared a video to Instagram urging social media personalities to speak out in support of the vaccine
In a series of videos uploaded to Instagram chronicling her vaccination journey, Abbie joked she looked ‘hotter’ after receiving the jab.
‘Got the vaccine. I look, like, I actually look hotter. Like, I actually look hotter…’ she began in a video, filmed in her car after leaving the vaccination clinic.
She took a swipe at anti-vaxxers by adding: ‘I will keep you updated on how I feel afterwards and also how the 5G is in my house and in my phone, which I’m excited about.
Jabbed: Abbie’s post comes after she received her first AstraZeneca vaccine on Thursday
‘I’ll let you know if I feel closer to Bill Gates. I’ll let you know if the government controls my mind. We’ll see how it goes.’
Abbie also shared a video of herself confidently striding down the street set to Donna Summer’s disco hit Hot Stuff.
‘Already feeling hotter after getting AZ,’ she captioned the video.
Feeling hot: In a series of videos uploaded to Instagram chronicling her vaccination journey, the former Bachelor star joked she looked ‘hotter’ after receiving the jab