Eugenia Cooney is slowly dying while the world watches and nothing is getting done about it.
The role of the influencer is certainly an interesting one. You make videos of yourself and post them online. Eventually you get a following if you are consistent and entertaining enough. The theory is that anyone can do it. There are influencers in all areas, that cover some interesting and not so interesting topics. There are influencers for everyone. Once you reach a large enough audience you can basically market anything. This is primarily how these people make money.
But what if your influence isn’t about what kind of shampoo to buy or what protein powder is best but your influence is fostering an eating disorder with young women?!
Should you be allowed to continue on?
Should you be banned?
Should be have to have warnings on your content?
Should your content be age restricted?
What is your social responsibility as someone that has influence over millions of people watching your content?
Meet Eugenia Cooney.
I want to talk about Eugenia Cooney and her content.
Eugenia is a female Youtuber in her mid 20ies. I want to say 26. She is 5’6″ and last weighed in at 86 pounds.
Let that sink in.
She is visibly incredibly thin and not in the model sexy kind of way. She is thin in the SOMEONE TAKE HER TO THE HOSPITAL kind of way. She is visibly in the throws of an eating disorder.
In a video Shane Dawson did — there was conversation about having spent time in a “treatment centre” however there was never an admittance by her that she had an eating disorder or that there was something to be worried about. (Sidenote: She actually looked really healthy and pretty good on the video after her return from treatment.)
It was pretty scary that she took to the internet as soon as she returned home instead of taking care of her health and continuing to focus on her health journey.