Young social media sensation Mackerel celebrated her 20th birthday on Thursday (May 28), and with the milestone, she shared images of her in some sexually suggestive poses.
But that’s only part of the reason why Mackerel, born Ladisha Francis, is now trending on Twitter as of Friday, May 29.
One user, Sancia Powell, with her @ThatThickChick account likened one of the images of Mackerel to a Jamaican turkey vulture, known locally as a John Crow.
“Please forgive me in advance” the caption read. I’ve chosen to single her out without reflecting her views from Twitter because it highlights a genuine problem: she’s not alone in that thinking.
Others have replied under the tweet with images of cockroaches as well as other insects, which then triggered backlash and led to Powell deleting the tweet.
“Fine ppl. As always. Sensitive Twitter,” she responded, not seeing what was fundamentally wrong in posting such an image.
Now, I’m not perfect, nor do I consider myself a ‘social justice warrior’ but for you to ignore why conflating a person with feelings to an animal, without apology, is an absolutely disgusting thing to do.
The same way you want your feelings respected, remember Mackerel is human like you. She breathes, she cries and she sees these hurtful images devaluing her worth as a woman, which in turn perpetuates the cycle of her exploitation as an ‘influencer’ to her detriment.
This is not okay. None of it.
If you can recall BUZZ fam, she rose to fame for “taking people man” and then persons (looking at YOU, Jennifer Small) slammed her for being a prostitute.
So what makes this any different, any less uncaring or dehumanising?
Persons have commented under Francis’ Instagram post of the photos asking her to delete them and honestly, that’s the mature way to approach the issue.
Not by bullying, or force-feeding insensitive parallels.