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Scarlett London lifestyle blogger receives death threats for photo of tortilla wraps disguised as pancakes - INSIDER
Scarlett London, a style and travel blogger, has come under fire on Instagram.
London uploaded a photo of her "perfect morning," but eagle-eyed followers quickly realised her cup of tea was empty and her plate of pancakes was actually made up of tortilla wraps.
Not everything we see on Instagram is a reality, and people criticised London for adding to the problem.
Young people may feel inadequate by looking at these sorts of images, they argued.
London said she never wanted to post something harmful, and her aim has always been to show the opposite — that you can live a fun and full life despite your problems.
Instagram bloggers and influencers spend a long time getting the perfect shot. Some of the time, this means the photo they share with their followers doesn't necessarily represent reality.
And followers aren't easily fooled, as style and travel blogger Scarlett London recently found out.
The "twenty-something" blogger and "trained journalist" uploaded a photo, sponsored by Listerine mouthwash, of her supposedly enjoying a "perfect morning" with a plate of pancakes and a cup of tea. But people commenting on the picture pointed out the cup was empty, and her plate was actually full on tortilla wraps.
London, who has 46,000 followers, received thousands of comments on Instagram, and some of them were abusive and threatening.
"Many to the effect of that I'm a danger to young women and should suffer, I should be stopped, I should suffocate on the balloons, I should kill myself because of how pathetic I am," she told the Mail Online. "But if I'm totally honest, those were the more tame of the bunch."
The Instagram post was shared on Twitter, and users reshared it with their own comments, stating that "Instagram is a ridiculous lie factory made to make us all feel inadequate," and "Everything in this picture is ridiculous and hella FAKE."
Others accused London of selling a false image that could be damaging to young impressionable girls.
"You can refer to yourself as a poor, bullied 'young girl' all you like but if you're going to effectively sell products to your followers, your methods are going to come under criticism," said another.
A recent survey found that Instagram is ranked the worst social media for mental health, probably because it is full of carefully curated images of other people's lives which seem so much better than your own.
London responded to the negativity by asking people to consider the person behind the Instagram profile, and how nasty comments can have a really bad impact on someone's mental wellbeing.
"I implore those mindlessly sharing this content to research who I am as a person, before they further drag my name and image through the mud," she told the Mail Online. "Yes, I do adverts on here, but only with brands I genuinely use and would spend money on myself. My feed isn't a place of reality."
She argued that her photos are not trying to be idealistic, and she simply wants to show how she can live a fun life, even with the digestive problem — IBS — she suffers with.
However, she did apologise to anyone who has ever felt bad about their life because of her page, stating that her intention was the exact opposite.
"I am a strong 24-year-old woman who has experienced bullying in the past," London said. "I am and will be okay after this hideous experience. But another young girl or guy as the subject of a targeted hate campaign might not be okay. Please remember at the centre of of every viral storm is a human being."
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