We are living in a time rife with social media influencers and mysterious Instagram famous people who somehow sustain themselves off tagging brands and recording mini videos of themselves living exotic lives. Everyone has a platform, and because of that, brands and companies are constantly competing for free (or nearly free) advertising from popular people online. On the flip-side, there are times when people without platforms attempt to leverage social media in order to...well, get free sh*t. The results are embarrassing for everyone involved.
On Tuesday, the gourmet Irish restaurant Campagne shared an email from a blogger who requested a free meal in exchange for "exposure."
This would be different if this was a food writer assigned a review. But noooo. Based on this logic, EVERYONE who Instagrams photos of their food should be eating for free.