Olivia Attwood has hit out at her fellow influencers once again and urged them not to be ‘tone-deaf’ in the current climate of an ongoing pandemic.
The Love Island star arguably profits from being an Instagram influencer since appearing on the ITV2 dating series back in 2017, but she’s vented her frustration over all reality stars being ‘tarred with the same brush’.
So much so, that she’s branded other influencers trying to voice how hard it can be to make a living from social media ‘unbelievably tone-deaf’ at a time where frontline workers are faced every day with the grim reality of coronavirus.
Olivia, who had slammed influencers for claiming to be travelling overseas for work during lockdown, said that while she agrees the work they do isn’t ‘always all it’s cracked up to be’, she pointed out that the time to raise that conversation is not now.
Speaking to Grazia, the reality star said: ‘There is an interesting conversation to educate younger generations that being an influencer, or being on TV, is not all it’s cracked up to be.
‘But, it’s just so unbelievably tone-deaf to think that now would be an appropriate time to raise that topic – when your hard day is creating content that might get nasty comments and someone else’s hard day is a 12 hour shift, zipping up body bags at the end of it.’
After seeing a string of her fellow reality stars jetting overseas in recent months while lockdown restrictions – banning international travel – have been in place, Olivia had her say, criticising those for doing so.
People are allowed to travel abroad if legally permitted to do so, such as to work, and calling out those claiming to be working on their beach getaways, Olivia hit back: ‘You sound so stupid.’
‘There’s a difference between being able to earn money from wherever you are and being on holiday for work. Whenever I go on holiday, I will post content which I can monetise, but I’m still on holiday,’ Olivia pointed out.
She said on Instagram: ‘I don’t go, “Oh me and [my boyfriend] Brad have had the most amazing week in Portugal, but don’t worry, I was flat out working,” you just sound so stupid.
‘On top of that you have got the ones going, “Oh we are all in this together, this is our struggle,” no, it’s not. You are on holiday and to be fair I don’t f**king blame you,’ Olivia said, while insisting a handful of influencers were giving those that have chosen against doing the same a ‘bad reputation’.
She vented: ‘People are losing their family members daily, people can’t pay their rent, people’s lifelong businesses they have worked their f**king b******s off for are crumbling around them and you are on your stories on the beach telling us we don’t know how hard it is.’
Since posting her thoughts online, Olivia says she has been supported by fellow Love Island stars, who agree with her but were fearful of voicing their own opinions publicly.
Olivia shot to fame on Love Island’s third series in 2017, where she finished in third place with ex-boyfriend Chris Hughes. She is now engaged to her footballer boyfriend Bradley Dack, who she starred alongside in her ITVBe spin-off series Olivia Meets Her Match.
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