My Two Cents: Deborah Ross – ”Influencers Are Detestable Freeloaders and their Followers are Morons”
So there’s this wee woman that some mad person gave article space to named Deborah Ross. I came across this when listening to the lovely Melanie Murphy (you all know from past reading of the old blog that I love me some Melanie) give her defence on the article that Deborah posted. The link to the video is, here. I definitely recommend you go and watch this before reading this post as Melanie goes into depth about how much of an a terrible person Deborah is.
Usually, I’m a gobshite and I’d tweet her and call her out on this, but I think it’s more important that I rise above and just give my two cents on what Deborah said in her article which I won’t be linking because I won’t give her the traffic, especially when I can direct the traffic to Melanie (but do tell her I sent you as credit is always lovely) who goes into detail about the parts of the article that focus on what us “influencers” do, whether we’re paid to do it or not. I refuse to name call, that’s not me anymore, but I will point out where Deborah is wrong, because isn’t that what I do as a “influencer”? I review and give my opinion on things.
I commented on Melanie’s video which I have included below:
I’m a blogger, I get nothing for free currently and if I did I’d tell my followers. I review products because I love to help people, I love to educate and it’s like that, that’s why I do it, not for money or fame or whatever. I have ad links, but I don’t get money from them unless someone signs up for whatever the ad is or buys something from the site, even then it’s buttons so I take offence at this stupid article.”
Anna Saccone is another Blogger/Youtuber/businesswoman who works extremely hard, but gets so much crap from people, especially on those stupid gossip websites. If I see someone harassing someone else online I’ll report them, they’re trolls. This is what Deborah is like, she is like one of the internet trolls that don’t research before they type horrible and abusive things into a text box, hit enter and then go about their lives waiting on the chaos that’ll ensue (at least they hope). It’s a pity that Deborah has been given a platform, has become too big for her boots and has used said platform to degrade others.
Let’s get specific here, if you follow the beauty industry you’ll know that a lot of beauty influencers get a tonne of free PR, they get to take free trips to gorgeous locations and so on. It’s pretty obvious the PR is free as are the trips and most of them are honest and tell the viewers this, anyway. It’s the same with other influencers, they get stuff sent to them for free in the hopes they mention it in their videos or blog posts so brands see this as a bit of free advertising, nothing wrong with that and who doesn’t love free stuff? Obviously, not our wee Deborah…
Then there is the recent $60k pay drama that the owner of Too Faced (can’t recall her name, another person I’m not willing to give traffic to) that said influencers are paid up to $60k for brand deals, let me tell you… no. I’ve done my research on this topic, it’s just not true. Maybe the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna would be paid big bucks like that for a brand deal, but not Youtube “celebrities” or “influencers”.
Sorry, forgot to mention that wee Debs has several sponsored posts at the bottom of her article *cough*potkettleblack*cough*. So, what’s the difference in her having a sponsored ad or ten on the bottom of her article, in comparison to someone who has a Youtube channel and has ad space in their videos and on their page? Or, a blogger who has ad space on their website? Personally, I don’t see the difference, but what would I, a detestable freeloader, know about ad space? -Insert shrug emoji here-
Have some people been shady and perhaps not disclosed a post was sponsored? Or, have there been influencers who have emailed hotels asking to stay for free in return for “free marketing?” Of course, but I’m sure said people have (hopefully) learnt their lessons. Why tar all of us with the same brush as those people that do that? Why tar all of us with the same brush of those that have bought followers? Have I asked for a bit of support on followers? Absolutely, but who hasn’t? It’s marketing, it’s a community that thrives on people following each other and supporting one another.
It makes me sad that not only has this woman decided to bash people trying to make a living by working as an influencer full-time. I don’t do it full-time, I’ve made no secret of wanting to, because it’s a passion of mine to write, my PTSD wants me to stay home and not go out and work or it’ll give me waves of anxiety on a daily basis, and my dog has separation anxiety after losing his sister last year and I have severe dog mum guilt leaving him. Everyone has their reasons for perhaps wanting to make this more than a hobby. For me, right now, it’s a hobby.
Not only did Big Debs attack people trying to make a living, but she attacked those that follow us. Another example of her using the platform she has to demean and degrade others. None of us are calling out those who are avid readers of her articles, despite them being VERY boring. Like Melanie, I didn’t get very far as yer woman just started going off on a mad rant and I have university assignments I should be focussing on, not wasting my time getting the red mist of rage by reading an article from a woman I’d never even heard of until about an hour ago.
Speaking of ranting on, I’m going to take a step back and take a breather. I’ve said my peace and I encourage my readers, my followers and anyone else who comes across this post to speak their truth, give your two cents/your defence against someone who is trying to tarnish the hard work others do. It’s no secret Melanie Murphy, Joanne Larby and Anna Saccone are the main reasons I started writing again, beat my suicide attempts and decided to share my story and any advice or help I can give.
I think all of you reading this are fabulous, well deserving, hard-working people that don’t get the recognition you deserve and I want you to know you are AMAZING.
I’ll leave you with this positive and gorgeous quote, have a happy Monday and please tag/link me to any posts that you do responding to mine, or just responding to Deborah directly.
“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”
– Misty Copeland
Be safe and take care.
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