An influencer hit back at critics who accused her of staging a motorcycle accident.
Tiffany Mitchell, from Nashville, Tennessee, recently got into an accident while riding her motorcycle.
The lifestyle blogger had a lucky escape with a few minor injuries. She later took to Instagram to update her followers on the terrifying incident.
In a now-deleted post, Tiffany shared a series of photos of herself before and after the accident.
Photos of the accident showed Tiffany lying on the side of the road next to her bike and as a male companion tended to her.
Speaking about the accident, Tiffany wrote:
"If you watched my stories… you know all about it. But if you didn't, here's the scary, magical series of events."
"A few of us rode down to Liepers Fork…to explore and take pictures."
"My sweet friend Lindsey was shooting, and my OTHER sweet friend Martyn was riding while a friend of Lindsey's drove the jeep."
"We played around for a couple of hours before heading back up to Nashville."
"On a secluded two-lane stretch, I misjudged a curve, took it too fast, and my bike went off the road. It slid through the grass and hit the pavement."
"I had my helmet on, so my head was fine, but I scraped up my left side. I was in absolute shock laying on the side of the road."
"I was scared, and relieved, and so thankful I could move all my joint and that I never lost consciousness."
"My friends were at my side immediately. An ambulance arrived within 10 minutes (CRAZY fast), and sweet strangers loaded my bike onto their trailer to haul it back to my house for me."
"I was in a haze the entire time. Losing someone in a motorcycle accident makes something like this that much sharper."
"The next day, I could barely move. I was so sore."
Many people on social media questioned the authenticity of the accident. Some even accused her of 'glamorizing' the whole thing for likes on social media.
The issue was that it looked like she had taken a professional photoshoot at the scene of the accident.
She even had a bottle of Smart Water beside her, which made it look like an actual ad.
One commenter said:
"This must have been super scary, and I'm glad you're okay. But... if my friend continued to take photos while I was lying semi-unconscious in the road, I'd be furious."
"I love your photos, but it's a little weird to include those."
"These are obviously staged."
"Her bike is sitting upright. Her helmet is a different color. The Smart Water product placement. The complete look of unconcern on the man next to her.... Lmao"
While a third added:
"Huh. You had a serious accident, but people were there to take *~stunning~* photos?"
"This is an insult to people who get into accidents. Quit glamorizing accidents."
Tiffany responded to the criticism of her photos, defending her decision to post them.
She also reminded her followers that she has always shared 'real-life stories' with them, and the accident was 'real.'
"I would never turn a very important personal story like this into a brand campaign."
"[They gave me the bottle of] water while I was resting."
"All motives for taking the photos and sharing them along with the details of the experience were good."
"I'm really sad that raising this topic without all the context may inspire negativity and hatred."
"But I did my best and hope, whatever happens, can add to people's lives in some way."
Addressing the controversy, Tiffany said:
"There were a lot of things that people seemed concerned about: The motives and the reality of what happened."
"I archived the post, so you can't see it on my feed anymore because it was starting to get a little bit out of control."
"I just wanted to address those concerns because it's very important to me. Because I don't want anyone to be confused about any of it."
"No photos were taken until everyone knew that I was okay and I was resting."
"I was laying there processing everything, and I didn't know they were taking photos."
Tiffany also explained that she lost her partner in a motorcycle accident three years ago. She wouldn't dare stage such a scene.
"The reason this accident was so intense and important to me, and why I'm so grateful that my friend captured photos, is because three years ago, my partner Kappel passed away in a motorcycle accident."
"I spent [two years] walking through intense grief and sharing that journey through photos and captions on my Instagram page."
"It's something the people who follow me understand the beauty and depth of. And when this happened and I ended up having photos to share, I wrote about the experience genuinely."
Tiffany ended her post by explaining that she was 'grateful' that her friend took the photos of the scene.