If you've never heard of Cassi Van Den Dungen, she was a contestant on Australia's Next Top Model when she was 16. Now at 23 she has about 9,000 followers on Instagram. With that many followers she seems to have an expectation of likes, which is not unreasonable: it's a numbers game, baby! And she posts pretty pics of herself:
And sometimes she posts "inspirational" stuff, like this simple message about experiencing adventure:
Now Cassi is experiencing the greatest adventure of all: fighting with anonymous people on the Internet. Though the post now has more likes, at first only 14 people agreed with Cassi's banal VagueStagraming. She lashed out at her followers for not supporting her journey to a bread and breakfast with this post:
After going away on an amazing holiday/road trip I come home to see my post on new adventures had only 14 likes......The lowest amount I've ever had on Instagram...
I have to say, I’m pretty shocked because this, to me, either means that people A) don’t like me having new adventures, as if I’m not allowed fun, or B) it means people don’t like new adventures… Either way, all I have to say to those people who didn’t like my post and don’t like having fun is… YOU ALL SUCK!!!! Adventures are fun and I'll enjoy every one I have.
To the 14 people who did like my post.....WOOOW!!!! Bring on new adventures!!!!!!
Very unsurprisingly, Cassi's fans didn't love being told they suck. You might even say they didn't "like" it. The negative comments rolled in:
Cassi has responded to the backlash with a long rambling post about how it was all a joke, duh:
The comments on that aren't much better. It's hard not to feel sorry for Cassi, who has been taught to value herself for her looks and likes since she was a teenager. What social media platform rewards people for those things more than Instagram? Cassi's next adventure should probably be logging off for awhile.