Another day, another example of influencers doing problematic sh* t. This is par for the course in 2019, but somehow, these tales never fail to amuse me like it’s the first time. But rather than some subpar photoshopping or a gross apartment, today’s influencer anecdote involves an entire country. A assortment of movement influencers went paid to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and my friends, it ain’t a good look.
In case you aren’t super familiar with what’s going on in Saudi Arabia, it’s not like, great. The country is a human rights nightmare with a biography of discrimination against women, and both governments frequently beheads its adversaries. In special, the Saudi government came under fervor last year for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was an advocate for more progressive policies in the country.
But now, Saudi Arabia is turning its focus to tourism, and is preparing to expand its visa program to many new countries. It’s a change meant to decrease the country’s dependence on oil and diversify the economy, but Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly “the worlds largest” warm and inviting sit to inspect. To help spread their brand-new tourism-friendly image, the Saudi tourism board recently hosted a handful of hasten influencers on a tour of some of “the worlds largest” panoramic blots in the kingdom.
Here’s an example of what the posts looked like 😛 TAGEND
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Ad Last week I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to experience the diverse& beautiful Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which has now opened it’s doorways to the rest of the world! This is Mada’in Saleh, an incredible Nabatean Kingdom which was constructed more than 2,000 years ago! This tomb, known as Qasr al-Farid, was carven into a massive stone in all regions of the 1st century CE, but was never actually finished. #WelcomeToArabia @visitsaudi
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Okay , now that that’s out of the acces, where was I? Oh yeah, the rest of this mess. All of the posts are certified as ads, which is necessary that the influencers weren’t simply to have a free jaunt, but were actually paid to post about their outing. And they weren’t getting paid for any kind of passable reviews. Each pole has a caption gushing about the wonders of Saudi Arabia, and conveniently leaving out any mention of the very real issues in the country.
As one Instagram commenter situated it:” Yeah, let’s just forget about the discrimination against women, the lack of a few basic human rights, and the corruption. As long as they have beautiful tourist attractions, it doesn’t certainly matter, right ?” Oof.
All of the captions are cringeworthy, but Dubai-based luxury influencer Lana Rose truly makes the patty for me 😛 TAGEND
This entire trip shouldn’t have been a thing, but the Aladdin analogy is really sending me over the edge. Lana probably doesn’t realize this, but Aladdin is a imaginary narration that takes place in the fictional country of Agrabah , not Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, Princess Jasmine’s iconic cultivate top could literally get her arrested in 2019, where women are still forbidden from wearing invests that” is shown by their knockout .” I’m pretty sure both governments wouldn’t take kindly to a street rat like Aladdin coming in and f* cking things up at the palace, either. But like, go off sis! Live your fantasize!
Obviously, questions of Saudi Arabia are complex, and I’m not suggesting that no one should ever advance there. But there’s a big difference between choosing to go on a trip on your own, and literally being paid by the government to post about how wonderful the country is and totally gloss over the human rights violations taking place there. I’m pretty sure the influencer outing didn’t include a seminar on the government beheadings. Precisely a guess.
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Ad undertakings in Saudi Arabia with @visitsaudi Here I am at the Edge Of The World watching the sun rise over a new date. I can’t relatively fathom the scale of this place. Magical. Excited to see Saudi start a brand-new chapter and open tourism to the world #WelcomeToArabia
One of the places that the influencers toured on their journey was the Edge of the World, a distinguish in the wilderness. That searches sick, and I would love to go there someday, but not enough that I would be able to ignore all the sh* t that’s happening there. Free errands are cool, but all press excursions are not created equal. I have a feeling that these influencers didn’t do their research before agreeing to do these ads, which is kind of ludicrous in an age where Twitter is a viable news source and it doesn’t even take a lot of effort to be somewhat informed.
Influencer culture isn’t a new thing anymore, and it’s time that we view these people to a little higher standard. If your part profession is based on using your pulpit to share recommendations and tell people where they are able to spend their fund, it’s your responsibility to do your research and ask questions. Whether all of these influencers didn’t know about the political environment in Saudi Arabia, or precisely didn’t care, they should have done better, and I have a feeling we will be seeing a few Record App apologetics going out on their feeds pretty soon.
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