Hotel Owner ROASTS Beauty Vlogger Who Requested Free Stay | What’s Trending


A hotel owner in Dublin publicly mocked
a beauty vlogger for emailing the hotel asking to stay for free in exchange for
a shout-out in one of her videos. Now the vloggers firing back saying she was
embarrassed and humiliated. Welcome back to What’s Trending, I’m Martini Beerman.
Make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE for more. Paul Stenson is the owner of The White
Moose Cafe and Lodge in Dublin. Stenson received a request from a beauty
vlogger to stay in his hotel in exchange for promotional blogs and Instagram
updates. What do you do when somebody approaches you with a business request?
Well, in Stenson’s case, you post a scathing response on Facebook ,which has
now gone viral. “If I let you stay here in return for a feature in your video, who’s
gonna pay the staff who look after you? Maybe I should tell my staff they’ll be
featured in your video in lieu of receiving payment for work carried out
while you’re in residence?” Although he didn’t actually name the vlogger, the
influencer in question outed herself in a video she posted. Elle Darby made a
17-minute video complaining about how she felt Stenson had really treated her
rudely. She called him a dream stealer and said that he was unprofessional and
malicious. “This is something that is like an everyday occurrence if you work
as a social-media influencer, and I think that’s disgusting.”
After the video went up online, the online community rallied behind Elle and
gave her lots of support. Emily said: “The blogging community is a
force to be reckoned with, if you pick on one of us you pick on all of us. Elle
Darby I didn’t know who you were and what you did before but I sure do now,
and we’re all with you.” Grace F Victory tweeted: “Just a heads up. I or my team are
constantly pitching to brands for campaigns, collaborations and other forms
of work. That’s how shit gets done and that’s how people get to learn about you.
If someone laughs at you for doing that, they really ain’t about this blogging
life.” Gigi Kiersten wrote: “It takes a lot of bravery to stay strong when you’re
being cyberbullied for something as simple as a pitch to a business. Elle
Darby has my respect for standing tall in the face of such f*ckery. My hats off
to you my dear and keep your chin up!” At this point I give each of them one valid
point. Elle’s valid point is of course she’s promoting her brand and her
business and that’s kind of what influencers do. They try and get
something in exchange for using the platform that they have to get other
people to know about what it is that they’re trying to advertise. And on his
side I understand he can’t really pay his staff in views. And maybe
he’s not even part of the online community and this is completely foreign
to him. In that case he is living under a rock.
After the initial outrage from all of her fans, Stenson then got really
aggressive and posted a nasty mocking response on Facebook. He wrote: OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO BLOGGERS. Following the incident today in which one of your
members was clearly hurt and distressed about having to pay for something like
everyone else, I’d like to make a statement. I’m kicking myself that I
didn’t think about you before now. If each one of you is pissed off, there’s a
fair chance that you’ll all speak badly to your followers about us which will
result in a huge number of people hearing about our brand collectively.
Thank you for all of your hard work and don’t forget to continue to spread the
word about our business.” Turns out Stenson might actually know a
couple things about the Internet because a day later he posted a new thing. ALL BLOGGERS BANNED FROM OUR BUSINESS. The sense of entitlement is just too strong
in the blogging community and the nastiness, hissy fits, and general hate
displayed after one of your members was not granted her request for a freebie is
giving your whole industry a bad name . The girl in question was never identified in
my original post but she herself went on to create a video explaining how she was
“exposed” with malicious intent for asking for a freebie.
This kind of victimization is very prevalent in the blogging industry and
isn’t keeping with their general MO of wanting everything for nothing.” Jeez!
Making some decent points just in a really crummy way. And this is not the
first time that Paul Stenson and The White Moose Cafe have mocked social
media influencers. Last October he posted a short video satirizing a fictional
vlogger. No, sorry. I have 100,000 followers. They don’t… No. No.
Listen, pal. Nobody’s gonna know who… when I’m finished with you.
He’s posting videos so something to me says he might be a little salty
about not being a social-media influencer himself. And while it’s true
that some of Elle’s fans have been attacking the business with negative
reviews, for the most part the responses have been more in favor of Stenson’s
witty insults. One commenter wrote: “I love a business or establishment that is
strong enough to stand by their morals and values and do the right thing even
if the right thing is not the popular thing to do. Looking forward to giving
them my business.” Another reviewer said: “Here’s an empty five-star review to
balance out the empty one-star reviews. So sad that people who have never
visited a place give one-star reviews just because someone’s feelings got hurt
because a ridiculous, rude, arrogant, request wasn’t granted.” “Thank you for
pointing out to these overindulged “influencers” how the real world works. If
I’m ever fortunate enough to come visit Dublin, I’m staying at your hotel! You
deserve praise, not backlash for explaining why you don’t provide rooms
and services for free to someone who’s apparently not smart enough to figure it
out themselves.” Which begs the question was she demanding it or was she saying
hey buddy I have lots of people on my platform gonna be coming through Dublin
and maybe you want some advertising in exchange for you know just putting me up
for a night? Either way isn’t it kind of weird how we fight today? It’s like all
out there on social media and I feel like for myself I’m kind of watching a
tennis match and like Stenson, Elle, Stenson, Elle. Who do you go with at the end? I mean,
maybe it’s just a wash and they both benefit from the PR that we’re giving
them in this very moment. So what do you think? Was the hotel too mean in their
response? Or was Elle out-of-bounds in her request? Let us know in the COMMENTS, ’cause
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