35 Influencers Who Went Too Far on Social Media and Got Called Out for It


There is no denying that social media influencers can do some pretty wacky things. However, even they can go too far from time to time. Although they might think that they are the masters of photoshop and deception, they sometimes underestimate their fans, who often have a good eye for what is fake and what is not. The following influencers ended up falling from grace after fans called them out for doing some truly outrageous things.

Insensitive Doesn’t Even Cut It

Some influencers have become notorious for visiting locations where some of the most tragic incidents in human history have taken place. In turn, they have used them as backdrops for their Instagram photos.

Insensitive Doesn’t Even Cut It

Ever since HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl became a hit, many Instagrammers have traveled to the ghost city of Pripyat to take photos of themselves. What makes the photos particularly insensitive and awkward is that these people rarely provide any historical context in the captions.

Instagram, Je T’aime

While many Instagrammers are guilty of filtering their photos, there are some who take things way too far. Take Johanna Olsson for example, who got into trouble when she tricked her followers that she was going on a trip to Paris.

Instagram, Je T’aime

When addressing accusations that she faked her trip through filters, she said the following: “I did one picture, shot it and didn’t think it looked that nice…so I took a different background and put the background into it.”

Look Me in the Eyes

You know you’ve messed up when your own family calls you out on social media. Influencers are struggling to stand out more than ever, which led to this young model, Sarah, to try something out of the ordinary.

Look Me in the Eyes

In the following photo, she claimed that she had heterochromia, a condition that leads to different colored irises. Social media exposer Celebface posted a childhood photo of Sarah, proving she didn’t actually have the condition. Moreover, her estranged father confirmed the lies in the comments section.

Missing the Point

Whenever terrible incidents happen that become breaking news, it seems like everyone has something to say about it. However, many influencers aren’t able to contribute in a healthy way. Instead, they simply exploit the situation for their own benefit.

Missing the Point

This happened during the California wildfires of 2018, which saw many take to Instagram and simply write a cheap hashtag related to the story before posting a vain selfie of themselves and a caption that was, for the most part, unrelated.

Endorsed by the Bride

Some influencers will take desperate measures in order to make an extra buck here and there. However, we never thought we’d see the day when an Instagrammer would endorse a brand on her own wedding day.

Endorsed by the Bride

This is exactly what happened when the following woman was about the recite her vows on her big day. While wearing her bridal gown, the bride posed with this energy drink, promoting it for her thousands of followers. We’ve seen it all.

Bohemian Larceny

Some people are so desperate to associate themselves with the rich and the famous, they will go to extreme lengths to achieve this. Influencers are notorious for doing this, including this woman.

Bohemian Larceny

Despite convincing her followers that she had met some of the band members of Queen backstage, it didn’t take long before she was exposed for superimposing herself onto the photo. In fact, she was called out by the woman who was actually in the original photo. Now that’s awkward.

Greece Is the Word

Most 18-year-old’s have a blast when they are able to explore new countries. However, this young YouTuber was criticized after describing her trip to Greece as “not fun.” Influencer Haley Pham shared a video detailing her trip to Greece and advised viewers not to visit the island of Santorini.

Greece Is the Word

“I highly discourage you from going to Greece,” she said, going on to say that there’s “nothing to do.” Thousands of people disliked the video and branded Pham as “entitled” and “spoiled.”

Personal Traitor

Personal trainers generally charge high rates for a reason. They are equipped with a lot of skills and are qualified to give the very best physical training possible. And yet, a self-declared “lifestyle influencer” had the audacity to ask the trainer in question if they could get some free sessions.

Personal Traitor

Surely enough, the trainer was quick to shoot the person down, branding the request as “offensive.” They explained that exposure doesn’t go that far and doesn’t necessarily pay the bills.

Love Train? More Like Death Train

Here is another example of a pair of influencers who were willing to risk their lives purely for the ‘Gram. Camille and Jean refer to themselves on Instagram as “backpackdiariez” and love nothing more than taking photos of themselves in crazy situations around the world.

Love Train? More Like Death Train

They managed to get someone to snap them kissing each other while hanging from a blue train in Sri Lanka. As the months passed, more and more wanderlust couples flocked to these unique trains to recreate the lethal pose.

Meet & Grunt

Some pop stars are notorious for being awkward and nasty to their fans. The following boy band was accused of looking miserable during a meet and greet they had organized. YouTube boy band the Dobre Brothers were criticized when a video surfaced on Twitter of them looking unenthused when a loyal fan came to visit them.

Meet & Grunt

“We just wanted to apologize,” Lucas Dobre wrote. “After a long 48 hours of restless filming and touring then meeting thousands of fans with no sleep we were exhausted by the end of our show.”

Very Normal Activity

Some influencers can be so desperate that they will claim they saw a ghost in a social media post. This is what happened when YouTuber Daisy Marquez posted a video on Twitter. She was promoting a bag when all of a sudden, the door behind her mysteriously opened.

Very Normal Activity

She immediately opened her eyes wide in shock. “I’m trying to put two and two together and I find it so weird that I fell down the stairs earlier today,” she wrote. Despite this, many fans accused her of staging it.

A Crash Course in Failure

An Instagram influencer went to extreme lengths when she posted a series of photos documenting her own motorcycle accident. However, the move backfired on her, with many accusing her of glamorizing the incident for her own personal gain and even having the post sponsored by SmartWater.

A Crash Course in Failure

The influencer explained in her story that she never meant to create a negative reaction from her photos. “It was just a blur because of how intense it was,” she said.

Dance Theft Auto

Influencers are always trying to start new challenges and these two seemed to be following suit. The only difference was that they had clearly stolen a dance and were passing it off as their own.

Dance Theft Auto

TikTok users Charli and Dixie D’Amelio performed a dance, borrowing choreography from K-pop group Apink and creating a challenge from it called the “sister challenge.” After the video went viral, K-pop fans recognized the moves straight away and called the sisters out for it.

Not So Eco-Friendly

Many influencers completely disrespect their surroundings simply for some likes on Instagram. The following woman is a prime example of this, having gone to a conservatory to take some photos and stomping all over a plot of plants in the process.

Not So Eco-Friendly

Despite the staff asking her to stop this, she carried on doing it. “She was asked by multiple people to stop and ignored everyone,” Rainy_Day_May wrote on Reddit. “Security eventually came and escorted her and her photographer out of the building. Both were asked to not return.”

Rice Up Your Life

When you start comparing your life to others less fortunate and exploit this on social media, you are bound to get at least some hate. One of the influencers that did this was Instagrammer Natalie Schlater, who had 12k followers around the time she uploaded the following photo.

Rice Up Your Life

She ended up standing in front of a rice farm, but it was her caption that enraged many followers. People accused her of being shallow and disrespectful to the hard workers who were also in the photo.

Kiss of Death

Some influencers come in a pairs. There are couples out there who will do some truly audacious things simply for some likes on social media. Take Kelly and Kody, for example, who are known on Instagram as “positravelty.”

Kiss of Death

They like to travel around the world and take romantic photos of themselves in extraordinary situations. However, many criticized the couple for this dangerous shot, with Kody hanging Kelly over the side of a pool, with a huge drop beneath her.

Things Got Messy for Jessy

One influencer who has polarized the public is Jessy Taylor, who ended up getting her Instagram account of 100,000 followers removed after people reported her as spam.

Things Got Messy for Jessy

Devastated by what had happened, the young woman posted a video on YouTube called “STOP REPORTING MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT,” in which she broke down in tears and explained that she didn’t have the skills to get a normal job. Consequentially, people commented on the video, saying things such as, “this is exactly what an entitled brat looks like.”

Culture Vulture

Many influencers are guilty for hijacking other cultures when they are on their travels. However, this one takes the cake, especially since the person in question couldn’t even get the culture right.

Culture Vulture

Kristen Hancher was traveling in Thailand when she posted a photo on Instagram with a caption saying: “Kon’nichiwa.” Viewers were quick to point out that this was a Japanese greeting, instead of the traditional Thai greeting “Sawadee kah.” Her palms put together didn’t help her cause either.

Parks & Humiliation

It turns out that there is a vigilante Instagram account dedicated to shaming influencers who abuse national parks for their own social media benefits. The Instagram page “publiclandshateyou” works to expose those online who get a kick out of exploiting public lands just so that they can get more likes and followers on Instagram.

Parks & Humiliation

Since then, the account has led to a number of influencers losing endorsement deals. “Much of the content these influencers were sharing featured illegal and/or environmentally harmful content,” the creator said.

The White Moose Ruse

Influencers are notorious for trying to give venues exposure simply by showing up and trying out the food for free, or for next to nothing. The following person tried to do just that when they got in touch with The White Moose Cafe. She asked if she could get the standard service for an exposure deal.

The White Moose Ruse

However, her proposed visit to the Dublin cafe was disrupted when the company called her out on Twitter. They ended up sending a follow-up message, banning all bloggers from the business.

I’m Not Lovin’ It

You’d be surprised how the unlikeliest of photos can bring people closer together. Take this one, for example, which attracted about 40,000 upvotes on Reddit after someone discovered this influencer posing with some meals from McDonald’s.

I’m Not Lovin’ It

While some wondered why he was promoting the biggest fast-food chain in the world, others couldn’t get over his incredibly bright teeth. Others wondered why he was wearing so much velour and how there could be so many contrasting colors in one photo.

Caught in the Act

In an ideal world, all influencers would feel reassured that no one was watching them when they were having their photo taken for social media purposes. That way, no one will know how much photoshopping they had done do the photo along the way.

Caught in the Act

That is how this Instagram influencer probably felt when a photographer from East Asia caught her in the middle of a photoshoot and posted the photo on Reddit, along with the doctored end result.

A True Palette Cleanser

Many influencers like to show off their talents on social media. These can include a variety of pastimes such as sports and art. This Instagrammer loves nothing more than to posts photos, not just of her art, but of herself painting them.

A True Palette Cleanser

However, there was a flaw in her operation. To hit our point home, we have included the dates that the three images were taken on. As you can see, no matter how much time had passed, the colors on the palette remained exactly the same.

iCloud, iFail

Notice anything strange about these three photos? We’ll give you a minute to work it out. If you haven’t by now, then we’ll spell it out for you. The exact same sequence of clouds can be seen in the sky of each photo.

iCloud, iFail

This begs the question: is the sky the only part of the photo that is artificial? Or, is the entire background fake? Either way, it’s really weird. At the very least, this young lady hated the idea of bad weather having a negative effect on her Instagram photos.

Superim-Poser

One Instagram influencer who became famous for her beautiful travel photos was Amelia Liana. However, her reputation became tarnished when many noticed something about a photo she took while supposedly in New York.

Superim-Poser

The photo sees Liana posing by a window at the Rockefeller Center, looking at the city’s skyline. However, the Freedom Tower was nowhere to be seen, with many speculating that she may have superimposed herself onto an old photo. Shortly after this, Liana took down the photo and apologized for her actions.

The Harsh Reality

We don’t why people feel the need to edit their bodies so much through photoshop. Probably because it’s much cheaper and quicker to do than to get surgery or work out.

The Harsh Reality

At any rate, we didn’t really need this image to realize that this influencer adjusted the size of her waist considerably. Many commented on the photo, suggesting that there was no need to make any changes. The original image would have been just fine, despite being kind of blurry.

Now That’s Radical

There are times when the true way certain influencers look will surface online, revealing the truth. The following social media star from China was busted when Facebook user Ex Treme managed to get hold of the original photos and post them side-by-side with the edited versions.

Now That’s Radical

After being exposed, the influencer addressed the incident online. “After being secretly photographed, I haven’t been in the best of moods,” she wrote. “That’s why these photos never made it online, after I weighed my options.”

A Glass Act

Some influencer fails are subtler than others and this happens to be one of them. The classic pose from behind with the sea in the background is a must-have on any Instagram profile. This woman knew that all too well.

A Glass Act

However, it was just a matter of time before someone called her out on Reddit for having photoshopped part of the glass wall in order to accentuate her curves. Where did the gap go? It seemed to disappear into her backside.

Busted!

There are some people who make a living from exposing influencers, catching them while they are in the middle of having their photo taken for the ‘Gram. Verified Instagram account Influencers in the Wild shares behind-the-scenes of people in the middle of audacious photoshoots.

Busted!

In the image on the left, an influencer can be seen trying to brave the waves, only to be dangerously washed over. On the right, an influencer was spotted taking a selfie of themself while lying precariously on their balcony.

It’s Uncanny

Some influencers will spend hours on end doctoring their photos to make sure that they are the very best version of themselves online. Take this influencer, for example, who went above and beyond to hide her true self.

It’s Uncanny

To be fair, the hairstyle pretty much looks exactly the same. However, it is clear that a ton of makeup and a fair amount of photoshop has been applied to the photo on the left. Surely enough, the untouched photos ended up leaking online, exposing the truth.

Smile Like You Mean It

The people in the comments section of this photo seemed to be torn as to what this influencer had done that was so wrong. They weren’t in agreement as to whether she had simply whitened her teeth through photoshop or if she superimposed an entirely new mouth over her face.

Smile Like You Mean It

To be honest, we wouldn’t be surprised if either was true. Many influencers can have trouble making that perfect smile for the ‘Gram, and this person seems to have found the solution…

Wrong Face, Wrong Time

We honestly don’t what goes through certain influencers’ heads when they post images of themselves on social media. It’s almost as if giving certain people filters and access to photoshop is like giving a chimp a weapon of mass destruction.

Wrong Face, Wrong Time

They don’t really have control over it and get way too carried away, not knowing their limits. This woman probably would have looked just fine had she not used any filters. And yet, she ended up making her face look smaller than the rest of her body.

No Dignity at Disneyland

While this might be the first time on this list that someone has superimposed themselves onto a background, it doesn’t mean that this influencer didn’t deserve a place on it.

No Dignity at Disneyland

According to the person who posted this photo on Reddit, this isn’t the first Disney-themed photo that this woman has made. In fact, she apparently has an entire Instagram account dedicated to fake photos at Disneyland. We know that these Disney theme parks are expensive but come on!

Slender Bender

Sure, there are people out there who are as tall and slender as this woman. However, with a neck that long and a torso that thin, we have a tough time believing that this is a real photo of the person in question.

Slender Bender

The fact that the decorations behind her are bending heavily implies that a lot of photoshopping has been done to this photo. If someone can find the original photo and send it to us, that would be greatly appreciated.

Her Human Self-Timer

Some influencers end up getting caught on social media, not just for the changes they make to their photos, but regarding things they wrote in the captions. This person claimed that she was using a self-timer when taking this photo of herself.

Her Human Self-Timer

It might have been a whole lot easier if she had just told the truth. That may have earned the respect of her followers and instead, they are just confused why she chose to lie about that…

Copy & Pink

To be fair, this isn’t the first time on this list that an influencer has simply copied and pasted something onto their photo. There are many young women out there who generate a lot of followers through their video gaming exploits.

Copy & Pink

While it is unclear how skillful she is at the following video game, it didn’t take too long for her to get caught out for superimposing this pink wig onto her head. Some went on to speculate about her gaming capabilities too…

Link Into My Eyes

Influencers can also benefit heavily from forming connections on LinkedIn. Take this person for example, who set up her account and decided to use this photo of herself as the profile picture. To be fair, the person who commented below has a good point.

Link Into My Eyes

How could this person actually convince themselves that this is what they really look like? It is clear that they have done some major tweaking to their eyes. Does she really think anyone will take her seriously this way?

Now, Work on the Other Arm

This guy seems to have created a big impression on social media with the following photo of himself flexing. Obviously, it is clear that he has superimposed a muscular arm over his skinny one.

Now, Work on the Other Arm

However, we know for a fact that someone with better photoshopping skills could convince their followers that it was real. It doesn’t help that he didn’t even crop it well, still has part of his real arm showing and his right arm is still incredibly thin.

She Nose It’s Fake

Many influencers out there are super self-conscious about the way they look. Whether it be one body part or just their general appearance, this has a huge part to play in the incessant need to photoshop their photos into oblivion.

She Nose It’s Fake

Regarding this photo, many drew comparisons to “he who should not be named” – Voldermort. Maybe she is the daughter of the dark lord who is avenging his death, one Instagram “like” at a time. Or, she simply blurred out her nose, for reasons that are unclear.

The Glass Melter

We’re not entirely sure how much reach this guy has on social media. But whatever followers he does have, they definitely noticed the poor photoshopping he has executed in some of his photos.

The Glass Melter

It’s funny – at first, we thought the fail in this photo was how the reflection didn’t correspond with the real thing. However, it soon became clear that it’s the bend at the top of the glass that reveals this Instagrammer’s crime. How could you?!

Breakfast Is…Inserted

One thing that many influencers seem hell-bent on doing is showing off what they are eating on social media. Moreover, if they can eat something that looks delicious at a high-end restaurant, then that is bound to earn them thousands upon thousands of likes and tons of exposure.

Breakfast Is…Inserted

With that said though, some influencers get caught out for cutting corners. Take this woman for example, who simply copied and pasted a cropped image of a breakfast plate onto her photo.

So Insensitive

After a YouTuber duo posted a video of a man dressed as singer Normani, it was soon branded by the public as “ignorant” and “stereotypical.” Niki and Gabi’s video “Going to College Dressed as Celebrities Challenge” saw the duo dress up as pop stars such as Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, and Normani.

So Insensitive

People took issue though with the portrayal of Normani due to racist stereotypes implied by the performance. Despite initially defending themselves, the duo eventually admitted that the video was “ignorant.”

Got Nothing to Louis

Some influencers can get into trouble for being accused of scamming their fans. This happened when YouTuber Alissa Violet launched a competition to win Louis Vuitton bags on her Instagram page. Fans were confused, with some complaining about the poor communication and delays when it came to receiving the prizes.

Got Nothing to Louis

A 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News that she was unable to receive her prize after the link on the caption proved to be faulty. After the story came out, the young lady eventually received her prize.

The Forest Imposter

It’s becoming increasingly clear from these photos that influencers know how to lie about where they are having their photo taken. This young woman is a prime example of that. She claimed to have gone out into the woods in order to be at one with nature.

The Forest Imposter

However, it didn’t take long before her brother called her out. This is because he was hiding in the distance and took a photo from another angle, revealing that she was actually posing in her backyard.