A cult with influencer hostages (?), a promise to make a dog immortal, and a pageant thief 👀🍿🧃
Just some casual headlines
We’re SO excited for y’all to dive into this week’s newsletter- there are some GEMS below. Truly, truly insane stuff.🔥
Here are this week’s picks:
“Is This TikTokker Being Held Hostage by A Christian Hollywood Cult?” - Okay, this one FLOORED me because I’ve been mesmerized by Miranda’s incredible dancing videos for a while now, so really surprised when one of my best friends (hi Mel!) sent over this article. Although it does sound like the setup of a musical full of hi-jinx as the gang tries to escape, I hope Miranda and her friends aren’t being held hostage by a cult.
“Jobfished: the con that tricked dozens into working for a fake design agency” - Someone needs to scoop up the TV rights to this story ASAP. Meet the Tinder Swindler of bosses. This dude fabricated an entire professional background (including a claim to have worked as a creative director for Nike), frequently misspelled his own last name, and tricked dozens of employees for doing work for free for months.
“Downfall of the 'Queen of Vegan': Netflix series will tell story of New York high society darling Sarma Melngailis who siphoned off $2 million from her restaurant business (but she claims her controlling husband was to blame)” - A classic story of a wife claiming to being bamboozled out of her money by an ex-husband promising to make her dog immortal. Oh, and worth mentioning the husband said that her pup “had been his dog in a previous life and the three of them had all been living together for a thousand years.” Sounds legit. Anyway, this story is at the center of one of the FOUR juicy, binge-worthy shows dropping this month (full list is below)— this is being brought to us by the executive producer of Tiger King and the director of Netflix’s Fyre Fest documentary.
“Miss Florida Scholarship Director Allegedly Stole $100K from Program to Pay for Shopping Sprees, Dating Sites” - The title pretty much says it all here. In addition to the story being bananas, I’m also sort of impressed this woman was online dating in her 70’s. Thanks for sharing this one, Betsy!
“NYC influencer Danielle Bernstein, 29, is slammed for 'tone deaf' bikini photo to 'promote her new collection and support Ukraine'“ - Ahh this piece brings us back to Natalie Schlater comparing her life as an influencer and plights to that of a… rice farmer.
“Lil Twist Says Scooter Braun Planted Negative Stories About Him ‘to Protect’ Justin Bieber”- Another story has come out that points to Scooter Braun probably not being a super great dude — the initial full story was published by Insider — but it’s behind a paywall.
Did we mention that March is FULL of upcoming scam-inspired documentaries/series? We did, and here’s a list of everything you should keep an eye out for (with 3 debuting tomorrow!):
Weekly Proof That Truth Will Always Be More Scandalous Than Fiction
“Flat-Earthers Keep Alienating Other Conspiracy Theorists—Even QAnon Believers” - When you start losing the extremists, it may be time to reconsider your views. P.S. if you haven’t watched Behind the Curve, it’s an absolute must-watch.
For Those That Wanna Get A Bit Nerdy
“The Crypto CEO That Likely Stole $11 Billion Of Ether In The 2016 DAO Hack”- This video was produced my my friend Meghan at Forbes and it does a stunning job of breaking down this huge crypto hack and the digital forensics that are attempting to identify the culprit.
More Serious Reads
“Selfies on the sea: Tunisian influencers go viral with videos of Mediterranean crossing”
“TikTok star’s dad shoots, kills alleged stalker who showed up at Florida home”
“A Florida Lawmaker Has Backed Off His Proposal That Would Have Forced Teachers To Out Students To Their Parents”
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P.S. While we’re obsessed with these stories, we don’t endorse any of these insane behaviors. 💋