A Russian model and social media influencer who was denounced for participating in a photo shoot in front of a Black Lives Matter protest has fired back at her critics.
On June 5, the Twitter account influencersinthewild shared footage of
Kris Schatzel, dressed in a black gown.
stepping into an ongoing Los Angeles protest against police brutality and systemic racism toward the Black community while holding a sign that reads “Black Lives Matter”.
“Stop treating the protests
like Coachella pt 17,” influencersinthewild wrote.
The clip received over 430,000 reactions and widespread condemnation from fellow Twitter users, .
who accused Schatzel of engaging in performative activism.
“One of the many things that 2020 has taught us is that influencers ain’t s*** and need to be cancelled,” one person wrote.
In response to the backlash, Schatzel deleted her Twitter account
and made her Instagram account private — but not before
saying a few words to her critics, according to the Daily Mirror.
“This is a huge misunderstanding!!! Later I will explain everything
[and] apologise! My [intention] was never to disrespect the movement
but to add to the movement the way that I know how. Peace”