Negative Experiences With Clairo / Clairo Is An Industry Plant refers to a trend primarily on TikTok in which users tell fictional stories about meeting pop musician Clairo wherein she berates them or otherwise abuses them. Others post jokes accusing her of being an industry plant, meaning someone who was forced into the music industry via connections. The trend became popular in November of 2020 after TikToker meganmulroy uploaded a genuine video telling a story about a negative encounter with Clairo that made her cry. Videos are collected largely under the hashtags #industryplant and #cancelclairo on TikTok.
On November 15th, 2020, TikToker meganmulroy uploaded a two-part video series to TikTok in which she tells a story about meeting Clairo and asking for a photograph only to have her and a group of her friends laugh in her face multiple times (shown below, left and right). The first video in the series gained over 1.5 million views, while the second gained over 3.4 million views in 4 days.
On the same day, Clairo responded to meganmulroy’s video in a series of comments on the video, apologizing for coming across as rude (screenshot shown below courtesy of Twitter user oliverbushh).
Clairo began trending on Twitter on November 15th, 2020, as meganmulroy’s TikTok gained more traction. Twitter users were largely critical of the video, claiming it pointless to try and cancel Clairo because she was mean to someone once. On that day, Twitter user ladyinthealps tweeted, “people exposing celebrities for being ‘mean’ is literally the funniest thing ever like i promise we really don’t care that clairo rolled her eye at you in 2015′ along with a video of two women laughing. The post garnered over 3,900 likes and 460 retweets in 4 days. Twitter user detectiverue tweeted on the same day, “clairo when you ask her for a picture” along with a gif of some women physically fighting, garnering over 40,000 views and 300 likes in the…
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