This Is The First And Last Article We're Going To Write On The Essena O'Neill Situation
One of the most awful traits of the human condition is how hastily we tear down those who we believe to be more privileged than us.
By now you've all heard about Essena O'Neill, the YouTube and Instagram sensation, who earlier this week went on an online tirade dispelling the 'fake' world of social media and why she plans to quit it all.
Through a series of YouTube videos we saw a young 18-year-old girl unravelling, trying to grasp the tricky business of self-promotion through social media platforms. Shortly thereafter two very clear standpoints on her story arose. Firstly, many offered their support and championed her for finally busting the lid open on the so-called perfect lives of these social media influencers. Secondly, there were the ones who were quick to respond with schoolyard heckling (Nina and Randa we're looking at you) and questioning the authenticity of her actions.
But we'd like to offer up a third standpoint.
In the days that have proceeded this furore we have chosen to stay silent and not report on Essena's story for a number of reasons. In a moment of total transparency we will tell you that we were very interested in shooting a segment with her for MTV Australia. We saw this girl as a fresh talent and perhaps in an ironic twist, as we scoured over her Instagram, we thought she was the picture of health and youthfulness. As you can tell by the incidents that have transpired over the past few days we unfortunately never got to shoot with Essena, but there is one thing that is more important to us than a missed talent opportunity: This girl's well being. As everyone rushes to give their opinion on her, many have forgotten the delicacy of this situation.
We see a young girl, who has been offered the world, break down in the most public of cries for help. As strong as she seems in her convictions we can't help but think that the best thing for Essena is to truly quit all platforms of social media, YouTube included. It is abundantly clear she is going through something that public chatter and opinion cannot remedy.
This whole situation makes for an important conversation, but for now, we would like to offer our support to Essena through silence. We wish this bright young girl a happy and healthy future, wherever that may lead her.
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