We all miss life before the pandemic: travelling, going out, and just the overall freedom. At the present moment, non-essential travel continues to be "not recommended" by Public Health authorities, but it's not entirely banned. As a result, an Instagram account has recently been created which exposes Quebec influencers who allegedly go on trips during this time.
Upon returning to Canada, travellers must undergo testing and follow a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
One Montrealer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, has decided to call out influencers and public figures to use their pages to help promote safe practices and what others can do to limit the spread.
The page, called @denoncer.influenceurs (previously @cancel.influencers), has its bio as "A small page to expose our beloved influencers and those who don't deserve this platform," translated from French.
At the time of writing this article, the page had 8.6k followers after just three days.
MTL Blog reached out to the page's owner to learn more about how the page came to be.
What made you want to start this page? What was the goal?
So I started the page because I was getting pretty tired of seeing the influencers use their platforms to promote their travelling and/or partying.
I saw a lot of other people talking about them individually, so I thought why not have a page that talks about them all at the same place.
The goal was really just to use the page to point out the ones that weren’t respecting the rules or doing non-essential travelling or any influencer that wasn’t really using their platform for good reasons!
What have the reactions been like so far? Have there been any constructive conversations?
Honestly, the reactions have been great so far! Pretty much everyone has been telling me that they’re glad someone finally spoke about what they were doing/promoting.
For every 100 good comments/messages, there’s one bad/angry one.
There have been good conversations. A lot of people sharing their stories and realities mostly! Like what it’s like to be working in healthcare and schools right now and since last March, so it’s been really interesting to have their point of view in all of this.
Why do you think people get so upset when they see influencers seemingly breaking the rules?
I think what is most upsetting is how some of them are publicly partying, like in Miami and places like that, when healthcare workers have been working so hard to keep us safe since March.
Instead of using their platforms to encourage them or encourage people to stay home and be safe, they do exactly the opposite of what they should be doing!
Putting in danger anyone here if they bring it back, and putting people in danger at their destination if they catch it there and need to be treated and hospitalized in places that don’t have the same level of care we have here.
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