An influencer who participated in the viral toilet-licking TikTok challenge has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The social media star, who has the Twitter handle @GayShawnMendes and is known as Larz online, shared the news via Instagram. “I tested positive for Coronavirus,” he captioned a video which showed him laying in a hospital bed.
For those who missed it, the 22-year-old filmed herself licking a toilet seat in a public restroom on March 20, 2020. He shared it to Twitter with the caption, “RT to spread awareness for the coronavirus,” and he quickly received a lot of scrutiny online. His Twitter has now been suspended.
His video came just weeks after TikTok star Ava Louise came under fire for posting a similar clip of herself licking a toilet seat on an airplane.
“The THINGS people do for attention,” one Twitter user wrote, with another adding, “I just want to say, this isn’t worth it. You don’t have to lick toilet seats for internet likes to feel good about yourself. People will like anything. It doesn’t define you or your worth. Don’t endanger yourself and others for the attention of strangers. Love yourself.”
I just want to say, this isn’t worth it. You don’t have to lick toilet seats for Internet likes to feel good about yourself. Ppl will like anything. It doesn’t define you or your worth. Don’t endanger yourself & others for the attention of strangers.
— Jay Art ✍🏾️ (@Jayart202) March 14, 2020
But after sparking backlash, the 22-year-old addressed her haters in another video, claiming that she “doesn’t care” if the internet cancels her because she’s “blonde, rich and skinny.” She then added, “I can recover from anything because of hot girl privilege.”
The World Health Organization has reported that more than 460,000 people have contracted the coronavirus so far and has infected people in 192 countries — resulting in more than 21,000 deaths. Medical professionals have called for “social distancing” to prevent further spreading of the illness, which is defined as “trying to keep yourself away from other people, especially large crowds.” Because of this many events, concerts, award shows, conventions and festivals have been canceled, including all Broadway plays and sports games. People are urged to stay indoors and isolate themselves during this time.
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