Influencer Kris Schatzel called out for staging Black Lives Matter photos and her response is even worse

9 June 2020, 14:15

Sophie Thompson

By Sophie Thompson

Instagram influencer Kris Schatzel has defended her staged photos at Black Live Matter protests saying it would be "detrimental" to the movement to criticise her.

We've all seen the videos online - and now the influencer who's responsible for staging photos at a Black Lives Matter protest without even joining in, has spoken out to defend her decision.

Kris Schatzel, a YouTuber and Instagrammer with over 241,000 followers, was caught on camera at a Black Lives Matter rally, posing for her photographer with a 'Black Lives Matter' sign as marchers walked by, before walking away from the scene once she'd got the shot she needed.


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Russian influencer Kris Schatzel has been called out for posing at the protest then leaving.
Russian influencer Kris Schatzel has been called out for posing at the protest then leaving. Picture: Kris Schatzel via Instagram

It's no secret that while activists have been hit with rubber bullets, spending day and night on the streets fighting against police brutality, many large white-owned corporations as well as influencers have been using the situation as an excuse to push their performative racism for clout online - and Schatzel's case is just another example of that.

Given that the world was quick to call out her actions, you'd think that the 27-year-old would've stepped up to the mark to apologise. But nope. Instead, she hit out at her critics, adding that criticising what she did is "detrimental" to the movement as a whole.

“I truly believe this level on (sic) intolerance and hateful comments are detrimental to the movement and what we are all trying to achieve for black and brown communities," she wrote, before putting her Instagram account on private. “I hope we can all we can all focus on the true cause as to why we are all here.”

Despite her attempt to rectify the situation, people are not happy.

Points were made. And while the rest of the world uses this moment as an opportunity to educate themselves on how to support the black people in their lives, and Minneapolis City Council have vowed to disband the police, it's time that those with platforms stopped putting on a show and provided genuine action.

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