- TikToker Lucy Welcher said she faced online backlash for saying she was “too pretty” to work.
- Welcher said she was “obviously” joking, but that commenters started “bullying” her online.
- The TikToker said she received negative comments about her appearance as well as death threats.
A TikToker who made a comment about being “too pretty to work” in a video has said she’s been subjected to online bullying even though she was “obviously” joking.
Lucy Welcher has 81,500 TikTok followers and typically posts lifestyle and beauty content. In the clip, which was seen by Insider, she said, “Does it look like I want to get up at 6am every fucking day for the next 60 years?” before adding, “No! I’m too pretty for that!”
The video is no longer available to view on her profile but was re-uploaded to TikTok and Twitter, where commenters appeared to assume she truly believed she was “too pretty” to have a job.
In a follow-up video posted November 9, Welcher said she was being “slandered all over social media” for her comment, sharing screenshots of tweets about her, which appeared to be critical of her appearance, under a single thread with 70,000 likes.
Welcher said she was “obviously fucking joking in her video,” adding, “Nobody can take a joke and everyone’s literally bullying me.”
The TikToker also said she had received death threats on the platform after her comment went viral, but she did not share screenshots of them in her video.
Other social-media users have previously gone viral on social media in the past for making similar statements about being “too pretty” to work. They often appear to be joking or exaggerating.
Welcher has previously posted several videos saying that she hates going to work and school. She went viral in May for posting a video saying, “How am I supposed to find something I actually want to do for the rest of my life if I don’t like any job?”
The clip received more than 4 million views and was largely well-received, with commenters and duetters saying they think society puts too much pressure on young people to pick a career and stick to it.
“Anti-work” sentiment — which advocates for a lifestyle free from toxic work culture, has thrived on social media in recent months, with terms like “Quiet Quitting” and “Act Your Wage” blowing up on TikTok.
Lifestyle influencers who have engaged in discussions about working life have in the past come under fire for being out of touch with the rest of the working population.
In September, Insider reported that a TikTok influencer named Tara Lynn received intense backlash for saying “nobody wants to work anymore” in a video. Lynn later said that her comment was “a joke” in a follow-up post.
Lucy Welcher did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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