The creepy side of the #PlaneBae story


While the story of possibly finding your love in the most spontaneous moments sounds charming and romantic; involving the whole world, specifically a million of social media users to watch you—that’s another story.

It was reported that the woman involved in the airplane romance saga livetweeted by a certain Rosey Blaire (@roseybeeme on Twitter) had been doxxed and harassed openly on her social media accounts:

Rosey Blaire herself and her partner seemed to have lap up all the short-lived fame this online fairy tale they concocted has given them, even going so far asking for jobs and a place on Buzzfeed. Per a report on The Observer:

Making things worse, Blair and her partner have fully thrown themselves into the post-virality cash-in part of the typical cycle, asking for jobs and hoping to parlay their micro fame into something bigger. Unsurprisingly, she tweeted she wants to work for Buzzfeed, the site that, perhaps more than any other, ushered in the era of corny, empty virality for virality’s sake.

Sure, the guy was seemingly comfortable—thankful, even—for all the attention he gained when he revealed his identity to the public. But how about the girl in the story? How about the privacy of their future relationship, if ever there will be one?

Here’s what netizens have to argue about the creepy side of this #PlaneBae story:

It’s not the most comfortable thing to happen when you’re simply doing your own thing in a plane, and the next day, the whole world is talking about a narrative of you forming a romance with a person you just met, even deeming as an “online celebrity” you didn’t consent to becoming.

At least the original poster, Rosey Blair, took initiative and took down her posts.

May this serve as a reminder for all of us to 1) never become unwitting participants in voyeurism under the safety of our anonymity online, and 2) to always exercise critical faculties when going through viral content. As always, if something’s too good to be true, it probably is. InqPOP!/VT/Bea Constantino

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