The TikTok photographer who recently interrupted a wedding photoshoot has been accused of capitalizing on the Black Lives Matter movement, exploiting the current unrest and shouting out his sponsor along the way.
You might recall that TikTok star Alex Stemplewski — who has 8.4 million followers — recently sparked controversy by interrupting a couple’s wedding photoshoot so that he could grab a snap in line with the slogan on his TikTok profile: “I make strangers famous.”
In the video that has just sparked anger and frustration on social media, Stemplewski approaches two strangers — one black and one white — and asks them to stage a series of photographs for him.
The results were then posted to his Instagram:
The response on Twitter has been highly critical of Stemplewski’s video, with many complaining that it is exploitative and demeaning. “This ain’t fun and games dog,” wrote one commentator. “This man is legitimately trying to capitalize off what we are going through.”
“Using black people's misfortune as an excuse to make weirdo content then passing it off as raising awareness,” wrote another.
Stemplewski took time to credit one of his sponsors for providing him with the smoke bomb, drawing further anger.
Stemplewski's Instagram profile includes a link to list of charities and organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Anyone donating to these organizations can send Stemplewski a copy of the receipt and he will match the donation with credit that can be used to purchase products from his website.
The lead image uses a photograph by Vinicius Altava.