Social media personality Essena O’Neil is making waves this week after she took to YouTube to expose the truth behind being “Instagram famous.” The model even changed the captions on her old Instagram photos to reveal that each shot took 100s of pictures and tons of time to perfect. She received an outpouring of support from fans calling her courageous and brave for revealing the truth. However, two other social media stars who know Essena personally aren’t buying it.
In a YouTube video of their own titled “ESSENA O’NEILL Quitting Social Media Is A HOAX,” sisters Nina and Randa Nelson break down Essena’s emotional video. They call her stance against social media is “ridiculous” and “100-percent self-promotion.”
Watch the video for yourself below.
Essena responded to the video in a comment:
“I’m not going to watch two people i trusted with my personal life blatantly try to bash two people publicly online. Nina And Randa, this is nothing about my personal life. This is about me feeling the need to constantly perfect and edit my life online. I am so grateful for everyone in LA but the feeling of misery was internal and I do blame myself for that, no one else. Please my personal life doesn’t deserve to be online. I’ve had these feelings about social media for ages and struggled with coming to grips with them. If this is me calling out paid posts and beach shoots? Guys I just want people to know my life was edited and not ‘real’. I want to use this spot light to talk about veganism, environmental awareness, body positivity…. why do you feel okay talking about my personal life to the world? This is about so much more than me. Please this isn’t right, you’ve twisted my words and I understand you may think this is ‘right’ but it’s so not the truth, or nearly what’s really important.”
Nina and Randa then responded:
“This is in response to Essena’s comment to us below: Essena, this was mean what you did. You didn’t just “quit” social media. You attacked other people by saying that they’re fake and deceiving others. No YOU were fake and deceiving other people. It’s not fair to say other people are doing that, and to use your trip to LA as evidence. You owe some apologies. We have heard today from other people you stayed with when you were here. They said that they were also hurt and confused by your out of the blue attack. And you don’t see it because you only see yourself.
No one is bashing two people online regarding your personal life. You yourself brought up X, a friend of ours for 5 years, as an example of fake, miserable LA people that lead you to make conclusions about social media. We merely pointed out that if the relationship with X had not abruptly ended, you would probably be living here in Los Angeles now. That’s true, and the people who were around you at the time in LA know it.
If you had made a video about your feelings of worthlessness even when you got lots of likes, or about your regret at having accepted money to recommend products you didn’t actually believe in, or your attempt to no longer be fake on social media but to try to be real, spotlighting veganism, environment, animal cruelty or whatever, that would have been beautiful. Instead, you made a video about LA, about miserable fake people you observed here who are trying to deceive others. That seems to be what Good Morning America and the other media outlets covering this are interested in. How about you contact those media outlets and tell them you were wrong with what you said about what you experienced in LA and the people you met and the things you did here. You need to make this right, Essena, because what you’ve done is wrong. All the nice people who opened their hearts to you didn’t deserve this.”