Influencer Tara Lynn is catching flak for a TikTok ruminating on why "nobody wants to work anymore."
Viewers pointed out that this is not typically down to laziness, and some people have no choice.
Lynn, who has over 4 million followers, responded by calling her critics "crazy" and "embarrassing."
TikTok influencer and OnlyFans star Tara Lynn is facing backlash after criticizing people who are "in bed" during the day and saying "nobody wants to work anymore."
The video was posted on September 1 to Lynn's TikTok account @taraswrld, where she has 4.8 million followers. Speaking straight to the camera from her car, she criticized the content she'd seen on BeReal, a photo-sharing app that's intended for users to post unfiltered and unedited photos taken with the front and back camera simultaneously, within a two-minute window that changes each day.
"This BeReal could go off at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., doesn't matter — everyone's in bed. There is an alarming amount of people every time that BeReal goes off that are just in bed with the shades drawn," Lynn said. "Why are you in bed? It seems like nobody wants to work, get your fucking ass up and work!"
Lynn described herself as "the most productive person ever," and wrote in the caption that, "i'm not a hater its just so funny to me." The video, which has been viewed 4.3 million times, received a number of responses criticizing the creator for her comments.
Several commenters said they suffered from chronic physical conditions and mental health issues which left them unable to work or needing to spend time in bed during the day.
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Dozens of people also posted their own "stitch" videos in response, calling out Lynn for her privilege.
"The reason you see people in bed a lot on BeReal is not necessarily because they don't work. It's because we work hard, difficult jobs, and we're tired," said TikTok user @eveline.
"Girl, let me tell you why we're not getting out of bed and why we lay in our beds in the middle of the fucking day. It's because we're so goddamn depressed because we have all of these bills piling up that we can't pay off, even though we're working 40+ hours a week," said Emily Ward, an artist living in Colorado.
Lynn's comments were especially incendiary to some given that she's a professional influencer, a career that many don't consider to be a "real job" — though influencers have spoken out in the past about the difficulties of building a brand from scratch, juggling forward planning and behind-the-scenes tasks, and the associated mental health struggles of running a successful account.
In a follow-up video on September 2 Lynn said the original video was "a joke," and called her critics "crazy."
"I was talking about my friends that I have on BeReal. I have like 10 people on there, and it's all like influencers that literally lay in bed all day long. I was making a joke about them," she said.
Lynn added that saying "get your fucking ass up and work" was in reference to a meme and that she did not intend to suggest that she had "the hardest job in the world."
"Yeah, I run around all day doing mundane errands and easy shit," she continued. "I'm not like, hard at work in the fields."
The video received 1.3 million views.
Lynn posted another video later that same day saying that people who comment on her videos to express criticism "have no life." She added, "That's fucking embarrassing. Shawty, go touch some grass, go have a conversation with a loved one. Get off your phone."
Lynn did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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