A travel blogger couple is under fire for posting a photograph of themselves in which they can be seen dangling from a cliff. According to New York Post, American travel bloggers Kelly Castille, 33, and Kody Workman, 32, uploaded a photo of themselves posing above the Humantay Lagoon in Peru. While Kody can be seen sitting on the cliff, Kelly is holding her boyfriend’s hands and dangling above the lake, with just one foot resting on the rock. One misstep, or slip up and Kelly could have ended up with a grievous injury. The couple’s daredevilry proves how influencers can go to any length to gain likes and shares on social media.
- A travel blogger couple is being criticised for their risky photoshoot.
- The couple posted a photo where one of them can be seen dangling over a cliff, holding hands of her partner.
- Is life worth just a great photo for influencers?
- Who is accountable if a minor imitates the activities of such influencers and gets into trouble?
One misstep, or slip up and Kelly could have ended up with a grievous injury. The couple’s daredevilry proves how influencers can go to any length to gain likes and shares on social media.
One can see that the blogger couple, which has 174k followers on Instagram, has used no safety net or harness in their photo. We can only imagine the kind of trouble any one of them, or both could have gotten into, if things hadn’t gone as planned. However, this isn’t the first time the couple has taken grave risks for a mere photo. There’s another photograph of them, where Kelly can be seen dangling from the side of an infinity pool.
The obsession to get a perfect click pushed these influencers to risk their lives for the sake of social media fame. But are they the only ones? Haven’t we seen people risking their lives for their fifteen minutes of fame? There’s a video of a man doing a backflip on the ledge of a mountain. Then there are people who cross barriers installed for their own safety at seas or valleys, just to click a selfie.
This has indeed cost people their lives, and amusingly India seems to be leading the way. According to AIIMS, about half of the 259 reported selfie deaths and accidents between 2011 and 2017 occurred in India.
What do these people aim to achieve? A validation from their digital peers? Is that what their life is worth? Or are these people so confident of their strategy that they are absolutely sure about the safety issues that could arise at such photo sessions? Even if the said couple or any other influencer has safety measures in place, but is making it look like a risqué photograph, they need to think what kind of example they are setting for others. With a lot of minors on social media platforms, there may be some youths who may try to mimic such stunts and get into trouble. Who will be responsible then?
While digital algorithm may bring you monetary benefits and fame, one needs to draw a line somewhere. Only you know what is the worth of your life.
Be it selfies or choreographed photoshoots of influencers, the accountability of risk taken lies solely with those who take the risk. Why are those who share, retweet or like these photos not responsible? Because their demands are deeply rooted in the supply. All they are doing is tapping at their phones, and while digital algorithm may bring you monetary benefits and fame, one needs to draw a line somewhere. Only you know what the worth of your life is. No one can decide that for you by liking the photographs that you click. No one can tell you that you are irrelevant to the society or undeserving of fame and money if you don’t dangle from a cliff, or do a backflip on a ledge, or lie down on a railway track. Those are the things that we tell ourselves.
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Yamini Pustake Bhalerao is a writer with the SheThePeople team, in the Opinions section. The views expressed are author’s own.