Another day, another “influencer” and Instagram “model” getting attention for pulling mess moves. NBC News says that one influencer in Florida (shocking), 20-year-old Jayne Rivera, got some heat online after posting a small photoshoot of her and her father who had passed away. But this photoshoot happened after his death… like when he was laying in the casket behind her. But hey, at least it wasn’t sponsored.
Jayne Rivera’s father, Jose Antonio Rivera, died on October 11. A week after her father’s death, Jayne decided to pose it up in front of her father’s casket and post the pictures to Instagram (where she had around 80,000 followers. She’s got over 300,000 followers on TikTok). The internet was quick to once again question humanity’s moral path forward:
When Jayne Rivera’s father passed away, she, enterprising model that she is, saw in his open-casket funeral an opportunity to showcase a sexy mourning dress. Way to put the grrr back in grief, Jayne. pic.twitter.com/tZ1XvfN3eB
— Mike (@Doranimated) October 27, 2021
Is having kids really worth it? https://t.co/ImiesQHyF3
— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) October 26, 2021
Have I mentioned the problem of a narcissistic and performative culture https://t.co/l7U7ZqdQKO
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 27, 2021
But Jayne isn’t here for us haters. The “full-time influencer” told NBC News that while she “understood the negative reception,” she said she took the photos “with the best intentions in a manner my father would have approved with had he still been alive.”
“Everyone handles the loss of a loved one in their own ways; some are more traditional while others might come across as taboo. For me, I treated the celebration as if my father was right next to me, posing for the camera as he had done on many occasions prior… There is nothing wrong with what I posted, and I stand by that… I have worked extremely hard for eight long years building my audience… People from the outside judge a book by its cover without stopping to understand the intentions or underlying meanings of the book… People are going to disagree, either way, and I’m used to it. I am a Rivera, and I know my dad is proud of me and how things turned out… He will not be forgotten.”
Not everyone was against Jayne, though. A lot of people pointed out that ragging on the girl whose dad died on the day of his funeral was not necessarily the vibe either.
“Not what I’d have done, though grief is a weird thing,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Maybe putting this girl on blast on the day of her dad’s funeral is a thing you could have chosen not to do.”
To be honest, Jayne seemed more upset by Instagram than by her haters, because she said that her account was disabled “with no reason given,” and she’s already reached out to the company because she “no community guidelines were broken when the photos were published.”
And let’s look at this from a different perspective. If the Kardashian Koven doesn’t prop up Kris Jenner’s body at her funeral and pose with her for several Instagram and magazine photoshoots, there will be Hell to pay!