The fact that teenagers with barely developed consciences command a follower count of millions, swaying views on real issues and real people, has to be counted as a disturbing facet of the whole social media influencer culture. JoJo Siwa is one such teenage celebrity who enjoys a hefty 42.3 million followers, and in today’s day and age, people are too impressionable to put two and two together before blindly believing what their celluloid screen presents before them.
Teenagers, TikTok, and Trends – a terrible recipe in the making
TikTok trends have been getting out of hand for quite some time now and the latest trend has caused some problems for the Fuller House star, Candace Cameron Bure. This said trend is about giving a description and showing images corresponding to the description, on the phone screen for a split second. JoJo Siwa posted a video following this trend, where she flashed pictures of celebrities she felt were the “rudest,” “nicest”, “coolest” and her “crush. For the “rudest celebrity I’ve met”, Siwa posted a picture of Candace Bure. And that was that for the 19-year-old. What she perhaps forgot to account for were the repercussions Bure would have had to face in the aftermath, as the TikTok video went viral.
“Didn’t think it was a big deal” – JoJo Siwa
Candace Cameron Bure took to Instagram to share her reaction to being labeled the rudest celebrity by the Dance Moms star. Bure claimed that she “had no idea where it came from” and was rather “shocked”. She shared,
“I immediately tried to reach out to her through mutual friends, and my publicist contacted her manager, and I DM’d her because I didn’t know what happened – I didn’t know! So I was finally able to talk to JoJo this morning. I called her. And we had a great conversation. She was like, ‘Hey, how you doin’?’ I said, ‘Well, I’ve been better, what happened?'”
A rather nonchalant start compared to what preceded it. JoJo Siwa then went on to brush it off by saying it was nothing more than a “silly TikTok trend” that she didn’t think would go viral. Siwa “didn’t think it was a big deal” but Bure claimed that it actually “was a big deal” and that she wanted to know what she had done to her to deserve such strong words. Bure further recalled “Because I only remember that we met at The Kelly Clarkson Show, and that went really great,’ and [JoJo] goes, ‘Yeah! It was really great! You were super nice and all of that.'”
JoJo Siwa finally relented as the mom of three shared on her Instagram video,
“She actually didn’t want to tell me because she said it’s so silly, she felt bad and that’s why it just wasn’t a big deal to her. But then she said, ‘I met you at the Fuller House premiere when I was 11 years old, and we were all on the red carpet. I had come up to you and said, “Can I have a picture with you?” and you said to me, “Not right now.” And then proceeded to do what you were doing and take pictures with other people on the red carpet.'”
So what’s the verdict now?
Bure still kept on expressing how terrible she felt “I kind of broke your 11-year-old heart, I didn’t take a picture with you! I feel crummy. JoJo, I’m so sorry! …Please know that as a mom, it breaks my heart that I made you feel that way and I’m sorry to your mom, too, that I did that to her daughter. I know if anyone crosses my kids, mama bear comes out.”
Finally, Cameron Bure said to her followers that things were “all good on the JoJo front.” She then went on to share a lesson she claimed she had learned from the whole encounter suggesting that despite things being water under the bridge, the whole thing did negatively affect the actress, “No matter how many followers you have, even a 10-second trending TikTok video can do damage because our words matter and our actions matter.”
However, Bure decided to end the video on a positive note, saying:
“We are both positive, encouraging people, and I told JoJo how much I’ve always appreciated her because she has been a good role model because of her positivity throughout her whole life and career. She said she still loves watching Full House and watches it to fall asleep and it’s a comfort show for her so we had all the feels and it was all good, and there’s no drama. That’s the tea.”