PHOTO: Australian influencer Kerri Gribble. INSTAGRAM
The response from Australian influencer Kerri Gribble to a struggling fan seeking advice has sparked controversy and criticism. Gribble, who has a significant following on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok, faced backlash after seemingly boasting about her financial success, including owning multiple homes, when responding to a fan expressing feelings of being lost and behind in life.
Critics accused Gribble of being “tone-deaf” and “out of touch” for her response, which appeared to lack empathy and relevant advice for the fan’s situation. Many pointed out that her comments came across as self-indulgent and did little to offer support or guidance to the struggling individual.
The 23-year-old also mentioned she owned four homes and was in the process of buying her fifth. Picture: Instagram/KerriGribble
Despite the backlash, Gribble initially doubled down on her remarks, stating that everyone feels behind at times and emphasizing the imperfection of human nature. However, her attempt to clarify her statement in a subsequent post was deemed insufficient by critics.
Fans called the comments ‘tone-deaf’ and ‘ridiculous’. Picture: Instagram/KerriGribble
Some noted that Gribble’s comments were difficult to read due to their small size, further adding to the perception of insensitivity. The situation worsened as Gribble was also criticized for a previous controversy involving alleged fat-shaming comments directed at another individual, leading to her being dropped by a fashion brand.
It’s not the first time the influencer has been caught on an online controversy. Picture: Instagram/KerriGribble
In response to the ongoing criticism, Gribble has set her Instagram account to private and changed her username in an attempt to mitigate further negative attention. However, the incident underscores the challenges and consequences of public figures’ interactions on social media platforms, especially when addressing sensitive topics like personal struggles and financial success.