A German couple that was using Instagram to try and solicit money for a trip to Africa, is being slammed and ridiculed by the Internet. Cat and Elena of the Instagram account Another Beautiful Day have requested more than $11,000 to help them go on a "huge adventure" to Africa starting in late July. According to the GoFundMe account that they set up, the couple is planning on tandem cycling from the "middle of Germany" toward "Africa and hopefully beyond".
Sounds totally reasonable.
The couple didn’t give specific destinations for their journey and told people reading their GoFundMe page: “We want to take you all on this huge adventure. A celebration of life, as we ride freely across mountains, by the sea and through metropolitans. We will show the beauty of this planet and its inhabitants, but also the ugliness.”
They said the money raised from the GoFundMe would go towards a tandem bike and food, accommodations, Internet, insurance, and to cover for emergencies. The couple stated: “We hope you all enjoy and learn with us. Together we can make a difference.”
But since the post went up, it has become clear that the internet does not want to "make a difference", nor do they want to "enjoy and learn" with the couple. Instead, the Internet has done what is does best: ridiculed them mercilessly and suggested that they "get a job".
One Instagram commentator wrote:
"When ever I start to feel bad about myself I’ll think back to those 2 wanker Instagram influencers who asked their followers for money for a holiday."
“Or you could tell people to save their money up and go and have the experiences themselves not ‘through you’. Total liberty!” another wrote on Instagram.
Another comment stated:
“You want people to fund your lifestyle lol. Pathetic. Get jobs and support yourselves. You narcissistic cretins. You’re not even raising money for a good cause. You’re literally asking people to fund your holiday wtf. What a waste of life you are.”
After the tongue lashing, which you can view in full (or participate in) here, Cat posted: "Some people are quick to judge and speak. At this very moment we don’t have much, we are accepting money from my mother and also donations but we don’t hide that. This situation is teaching us a lot." He commented that the couple had "courage" to ask for, and accept, help.
This only led to more ridicule. Commenters wrote:
“Wow , don’t you feel ashamed to be such a burden on your mother that is working 2 jobs to support both of your lavish fantasy’s … she already sacrificed so much raising you and providing for you , at that age you should be taking off burdens of her not adding to it.”
“Get a couple of jobs and support yourselves!”
“Posting your holiday photos to Instagram isn’t changing the world, it’s purely increasing your already inflated sense of self-worth. If you want to plan an epic trip, get a job and earn the money yourselves. No more handouts from Mummy (who is currently working 2 jobs while you post selfies for a living) or expecting strangers to maintain your lifestyle. Time to enter the real world.”
Cat has now posted that the couple will be taking a 30 day break from social media to do some "soul-searching".
Good luck with that, let us know if anything turns up.