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This Influencer Denies Staging Her Motorcycle Accident For Spono IG Content

There's a lot to unpack here.

Want to know the hottest trend on social media right now? According to this Instagram influencer, it’s motorcycle accidents.

Nashville-based Instagram influencer Tiffany Mitchell AKA @tifforelie is facing public scrutiny after she posted a series of “candid” Instagram shots from before and after she allegedly got into a motorcycle accident.

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In the caption, Mitchell explained the accident: “This is me and my bike about an hour before I got into an accident….On a secluded two-lane stretch, I misjudged a curve, took it too fast and my bike when off the road. It slid through the grass and I hit the pavement.”

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Mitchell went on to write that because she was wearing a helmet, her head was fine, “but I was scraped up my left side.” Then she invited her followers to “scroll through the pics to see how much of it Lindsey captured.”

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Fans and followers were quick to point out how “staged” Mitchell’s shots look, including a strategically-placed bottle of Smart Water, which makes the photos look like they could have been sponsored.

Credit: Instagram @tifforelie

Responding to the critics, Mitchell told Buzzfeed News that she “would never turn a very important personal story like this into a brand campaign.”

“I’m sad that some people are taking it that way,” she added.

It’s not just Mitchell’s Instagram followers who are questioning the photoshoot, either. Twitter is having a field day with the ‘staged’ accident, while others are calling the Instagram influencer “irresponsible” for her unsafe motorcycle gear. 

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Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Mitchell has posted another response to the backlash, telling fans, “it really happened to me, and I was scared. I really was injured and I had to recover.”

Whether you believe her or not, Mitchell’s motorcycle accident has people talking, which means if it is a brand endorsement, she’s well and truly met her quota.

Serious Question: Who Signed Off On This Huge Swastika-Shaped Theme Park Ride?

This is a rollercoaster of emotions.

Here’s a hot tip: if you’re designing a theme park ride, try not to let it resemble a Nazi emblem.

A theme park ride called the ‘Eagle Fly’ in Germany has been shut down after people complained about it looking like a pair of terrifying spinning swastikas.

A spokesperson for Tatzmania theme park, which is located near Loffingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, told The Independent the ride was no longer operating, despite opening just one month ago. 

Tatzmania Director Rudiger Braun said no one noticed any issues with the ride until earlier this month when fans pointed out the likeness in online videos.

Well, this is awkward. Credit: Giphy

Braun told SWR he wanted to “apologise to anyone who feels disturbed or offended by our design.”

In Germany, it is illegal to “use of symbols of unconstitutional organisations,” like a swastika, outside the context of “art or science, research or teaching.” According to the law, displaying Nazi emblems could be punished with “imprisonment for not more than three years or a fine.”

Sadly, Tatzmania’s swastika theme park ride isn’t the only time an organisation has landed in hot water for unknowingly displaying a Nazi symbol. In 2006, fashion brand Esprit were forced to recall 200,000 catalogues after consumers complained they contained photos of buttons with a design that resembled a swastika. 

A year later, fast fashion giant Zara withdrew a $115 handbag that was embroidered with four green swastikas. When customers complained, the company said the bag had come from an Indian supplier and the approved design didn’t feature the symbols. 

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In 2014, Hallmark caused a social media uproar for selling patterned gift wrap that appeared to contain swastikas. The greeting card brand apologised and pulled the product from their stores, but to make matters even worse, the gift wrap had reportedly been grouped with Hanukkah products because of the colour theme of that particular Jewish holiday. 

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Eek. Hopefully this is a lesson learned for all involved. 

Robert De Niro is Suing His Ex-Employee For Binge-Watching 'Friends' On The Job

I'm watching you.

Is there anything more intimidating than Robert De Niro’s “I’m watching you” in Meet The Parents? Yes – Robert De Niro suing you for embezzling money and binge watching Friends on the job.

Eep. Credit: Giphy

According to Variety, De Niro’s company Canal Productions has filed a $6M USD lawsuit against former employee Chase Robinson, accusing her of embezzling money and spending an “astronomical amount of time” watching Netflix. 

Variety reports that Robinson wasn’t just binge watching any old Netflix show, either. She allegedly watched 55 episodes of Friends in just four days. 

Now that is commitment to your favourite show.

It’s impressive. Credit: Giphy

It gets worse for Robinson. Canal Productions has also alleged that during one of the four days Robinson spent in a black hole of Netflix and chill, she “ordered lunch from Caviar San Francisco and had dinner at Paola’s Restaurant, charging both meals on the company card.” 

Over two years, Robinson allegedly made over $12K USD in unauthorised charges at Paola’s, spent almost $9K USD at Dean and Deluca and Whole Foods, and $32K USD on Ubers and Taxis. 

Is it just me, or does this sound like an absolutely delightful day?

Whatever you say. Credit: Giphy

Robinson continued her streaming love affair during another four-day period in March, when she allegedly watched “20 episodes of Arrested Development” and “10 episodes of Schitt’s Creek.

“Watching shows on Netflix was not in any way part of or related to the duties and responsibilities of Robinson’s employment, and on information and belief, was done for her personal entertainment, amusement and pleasure at times when she was being paid to work,” the lawsuit claims. 

What’s the big deal? Credit: Giphy

In one final flourish of giving zero f*cks, Robinson reportedly called the allegations “ridiculous” and drafted a recommendation letter for herself, which De Niro refused to sign. 

If the allegations are true, it’s clear that Robinson’s work ethic is terrible. Her taste in TV shows on the other hand? Impeccable.

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