Poor 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:
Thanks for the help everyone! We did it ! Making this worldwide news now!!!! âï¿½¤ï¸ï¿½ pic.twitter.com/Dfv8jw3swT— Jenelle Evans (@PBandJenelley_1) January 10, 2014
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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