Jenelle Evans Finally Uses Her Fame for Good & Gets Slammed

Jenelle EvansPoor Jenelle Evans! The Teen Mom 2 star is getting slammed, big time, for profiting off the tragic death of a mentally ill 18-year-old in her mom's neighborhood. Among her biggest critics is fellow Teen Mom star Roxanne DeJesus (mom of Teen Mom 3's Briana DeJesus). But before you write this off as another day, another Jenelle scandal, hold up. Let's give credit where credit is due.

Jenelle has been tweeting like mad about Keith Vidal, the teenager who was shot by police after his parents called for help. She's also shared the tragic tale on Sulia, a social network that pays her to lend her celebrity to stories to boost traffic.

This is a big story, a story that needs to be talked about! And I say good for her for sharing it!

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Putting it on Sulia technically that means she is getting paid to share Vidal's story. But is that such a bad thing? Jenelle is a major player on the Internet with more than 848,000 Twitter followers. Her Sulia links don't just generate money for her, they generate attention. And that seems to be what she's after here. Just check out this latest tweet from Jenelle on the tragedy:

 

The details of Vidal's story are tragic -- his parents called the cops thinking they'd be getting help, only to watch their 90-pound son be shot right in front of their eyes. The boy had allegedly already been tased before he was killed, which has opened up a whole host of questions about whether or not this was excessive force or not.

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Police brutality -- or the investigation into it anyway -- is a major concern in our country. It's not something to be brushed under the rug!

Frankly, it's nice to see Jenelle using her fame for good. She's tweeting about something other than her boobs or her personal drama. What she's doing might not be completely selfless, but that doesn't mean it won't help the greater good.

I'd love to see more of these girls take on an advocacy role and actually use their popularity to change the world. Just imagine what they could do!

What do you think of Jenelle fighting so hard to get this out there? Does it change how you view her?

 

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peanu... peanutsmommy1

she isn't using her "fame" for good, even in this case she is using it for profit.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

Agreed if she wanted to use her fame for something good she could maybe draw the parallel to herself, her own mental illness, and spreading awareness. The problem goes well beyond the police its the whole mental health system.

Jessy76 Jessy76

I fail to see what is the difference between her getting paid to spread the word and a news reporter who is also getting paid spreading the word. The fact is more people are interested in what Janelle has to say so why not spread the word about what happened and who cares if she gets paid for it or not if it works!

nonmember avatar Lady Taylor

Let's be honest here. Jenelle did NOT report facts about this case, she reported her very skewed opinion. She has been arrested more times than Charlie Sheen and blames the cops instead of her own bad behavior. Therefore, she blamed the cops in this story before facts were eve released. Furthermore, in her borderline personality disorder version of events, she is the reason this got media attention. We all know this got attention because it is so RARE for a cop to do something worthy of investigation. This whole thing was jenelle's way of pushing home her false presumption that cops are bad. Cops aren't bad, jenelle. You are.

nonmember avatar Trickella

Coming from someone who has had a family member killed unjustly by the police, I'm glad janelle got this story national and international attention. Something needs to be done. And who cares if she is being paid? You can tell that she is being genuine in getting the coverage this story deserves. I don't believe that she is posting about it to get paid, it's just a benefit to what sulia pays her to do.

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