Gabbie Hanna: Faking Coachella

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Gabbie Hanna: Faking Coachella

May 29, 2019

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Our sixth minisode of "The Creative Influencer" podcast is available today for download on iTunes, Spotify, and premier platforms everywhere. In minisodes, we answer questions that our listeners have emailed Jon. In this minisode, Jon answers a question aboutwhether Gabbie Hanna will suffer any repercussions because she faked going to Coachella.


A transcript of the episode follows:

Welcome to our sixth minisode. Today we have an e-mail from Ashlee.

Subject: Faking Coachella

Hey Jon,

I saw on my newsfeed that Gabbie Hanna faked going to Coachella and then did a YouTube video about how she pulled it off. What gives?

I can live with fake news on Facebook and touched up photos on Instagram, but this seems over the line. What are your thoughts?


Thank you Ashlee (that's Ashlee with two EEs) for the e-mail.

For this one I did a deep dive into Instagram fakes. I'm sad to tell you that just like the rest of the Internet, not everything you see on Instagram is true. Couples are not always happy, meals are not always perfect, and Instagramers don't always tell you the truth.

The comments to the video were all over the place. From "I love what you actually did on day 2." She did work for a charity. To "Social media is a lie." My favorite, "would you believe I got a bloody ad for photoshop."

I do have a couple of thoughts. Instagram doesn't prohibit photoshopping yourself into a location where you aren't. Here, Coachella. So, Gabbie did not violate the terms of use.

What remains to be seen is whether Gabbie has hurt her marketability. Going forward, some people will question if what she posts is real. We'll see how it plays out.

So, Ashlee with two EEs, thank you for the e-mail.

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