We live in a day and age where people will do anything to become famous. Some are so desperate for fame that they are willing to do dangerous or outlandish stunts. One woman decided that destroying historic property would be her chance to stand out on social media. The internet quickly destroyed her.
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Julia Slonska, an Instagram influencer located in Poland, decided to take a hammer to a 200-plus-year-old historic statue and post it on her Instagram account. Slonska has a relatively small following of almost 6,000, and she apparently thought posting a six-second clip of her smashing the face of a statue with a hammer would get the attention of others and bring new followers.
The influencer did receive attention, but it was for the wrong reason. Numerous media outlets, both domestic and abroad, reported the video, which led countless droves of people to slam her online.
According to Ladbible, one person commented on her account stating: “I hope the police will come to her tomorrow [Monday] at 6.00am.” Another person shared similar sentiments. “In the normal world she is called a w*nker and not an influencer.”
One of Slonska’s sponsors issued a statement after the video went viral that distanced themselves from her.
“We definitely do not support such behaviour, and the appropriate services should deal with it,” mBank, a Polish bank that has been in business since 1934, wrote. “As for the responsibility for what the actress does many weeks after the completed photos are taken – we cannot be responsible for the individual choices of such people. In this case, it’s a role for carers. We do not plan to involve this girl in the next spots.”
In quick succession, the influencer issued a statement of her own where she apologized for her foolish mistake. “I’m so stupid. I will not say what was driving me, why I did it, because it is more of a private affair, but I really want to apologise to everyone.”
Since the backlash, Slonska has deleted the video, but it was grabbed before it was deleted and can be found on YouTube. She has since deleted her Facebook profile as well.