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Followers are an enormous factor for influencers clearly, and after TikTok star, Sienna Mae Gomez noticed her numbers plummet over 300k in a single evening, the favored social media influencer has confronted claims of sexual assault head-on in a weblog at present titled “Sienna Mae Gomez: Reflections from an 18-Yr Previous Me”
Final Could (2021) fellow ‘influencer’ and ‘Hype Home’ occupant Jack Wright’s good friend Mason Rizzo accused Gomez of sexually assaulting Wright whereas he was unconscious. In a video posted on twentieth January Wright revisited his accusations and since then, all web hell has damaged unfastened.
What’s the Hype Home?
The Hype Home is in Los Angeles and is a mansion the place a collective of teenage Tik Tok stars make movies collectively. It was just lately featured in a brand new Netflix collection that premiered at the start of the month. Each Gomez and Wright had been occupants of the Hype Home on the time of the accusations.
Sienna Mae Gomez Medium weblog publish
Gomez took to running a blog content material platform Medium for her publish, saying: “I’m devastated that he made me sound loopy and twisted so many issues out of context in his most up-to-date video, to the purpose of actually portray me into the “loud”, “loopy”, “overly sexualized” stereotype that individuals attempt to use on younger, particularly Latina, ladies. It sucks and I’m nonetheless unpacking that.”
“All Jack and I ever did was kiss. I’ve by no means seen, felt, or touched him bare. We spent a number of nights on the Hype Home collectively however I by no means grabbed him asleep or awake. But I’m nonetheless being known as a “rapist” throughout the web by those that don’t perceive the which means of the phrase.”
“I perceive now that while you’re in a relationship, there must be a really open and sincere dialog about consent even earlier than sexual acts, even when it’s holding palms, hugging, and being affectionate in a pleasant method.”
Sienna Mae Gomez apology
In what might cross as an apology in some quarters Gomez concluded her weblog with, “Jack, in case you are studying this: I apologize if there have been occasions that I made you are feeling uncomfortable. I’m sorry if something I ever did triggered different issues you will have skilled or any emotions of discomfort. However something I did, I did unknowingly, as our bodily relationship on digicam was one in every of closeness and familiarity that I had recognized to hold into our “actual” lives. That stated, there’s a distinct line between that and sexual assault. I’m so unhappy that that is the place we ended up, and much more in order that I’m now being utilized in a brand new and much more hurtful approach.”
Is it sufficient?
Clearly not as Gomez’s follower numbers proceed to plummet. A massively critical and damaging accusation to any person with shut to fifteen million followers received’t go away and nor ought to it. Though whether or not it needs to be performed out so publically can also be up for debate. This week now we’ve had this and the JiDion / Pokemane / Ninja drama and finally these are all younger influencers who, when caught within the glare of the highlight aren’t mature sufficient to do something however proceed to lash out, thus setting an instance to their youthful audiences that any of that is acceptable.