An influencer named Sheridan Mordew from the U.K. hopped over to Dubai for a little getaway and now she’s catching heat for her excuse.
Now, lots of people are traveling for absolutely no reason during a pandemic, which is why COVID-19 is raging across the planet and the U.K. has its own very special strain of coronavirus that is way, way more contagious.
Most of those people are ignored, but Mordew decided to do an interview about her decision on popular show This Morning, and she didn’t look good afterward. She pretty much said she did it for her followers. To keep them happy.
In an interview from her home in Sunderland, Sheridan Mordew told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she went to the UAE for business reasons.
“I came to Dubai purely for business. I am a personal trainer, the gyms are closed and everything was in Tiers so I took my online business over to Dubai.”
Schofield does ask why she can’t post stuff from her home gym, saying, “You don’t have to be in Dubai, but the glamour stuff you post elsewhere is you sitting in a bikini on a sun lounger enjoying the sunshine.”
Mordew has a few answers, saying that the decision was for both her mental health and her followers, who she seems to think are happy just to see her being happy.
“The main reason was for my own self, mental health kind of thing,” she said. “During the second lockdown I was struggling to motivate myself. My clients depend on me to bring them motivation and happiness. My mental health was suffering, I thought I am not going to be able to start anything new sitting in the house.”
Mordew then says the only was she could imagine escaping was through “essential travel.”
Aligning the job of being an influencer with “essential workers” has mainly influenced people to hate her:
I’m not influenced to go to Dubai. I don’t think they’re doing their job well, someone contact influencer HR!
— Cheryl Hole (@CherylHoleQueen) January 26, 2021
If your in Dubai right now just admit your on holiday living your best life and don’t wanna be under the lockdown rules in the uk lol, if your a so called influencer that you claim to be, you can still promote brands and do online workouts from home, your not essentials workers.
— Benny (@Beno_ldn) January 26, 2021
Please, hear me loud when I say seeing some 'influencer' on a sun bed in Dubai is not making me feel motivated or better, infact it makes me feel so much worse #thismorning
— Josie Holloway ♥ (@JosieHolloway_x) January 26, 2021
This whole influencer in Dubai scenario… what tier of cognitive dissonance are we at now? I lose track
— D’vey (@houseofdvey) January 27, 2021
Not an influencer on This Morning saying that people critiquing them for being in Dubai for 'work' should simply 'be kind xo'. Great point! Live, Laugh, Spread Virus!
— Armani Syed (@armani_sy) January 26, 2021
#ThisMorning I would rather follow or be inspired by an real "influencer" such as a front-line worker… NHS staff, supermarket workers, delivery drivers, postmen etc…
It's sad that this woman has to use mental health as a reason "work" in Dubai, which isn't essential at all.
— Alice Denslow (@alice_denslow) January 26, 2021
The influencer has gone private on Instagram, except for her 11k followers, and she still has a pin in Dubai as her location in the bio. They must like her more there.