She may be proudly obese but the new “fat acceptance ambassador” for Dove products isn’t open to questions about her history of perpetrating a racial hate hoax, calling the police over a media outlet’s polite request for an interview.
Zyahna Bryant, a 22-year-old Black Lives Matter activist wrecked the life of a white University of Virginia student when she put false words in the mouth of Morgan Bettinger to claim that she made racist remarks about protesters in 2020, only to later say that she “misheard” the comments. Bryant has now drawn criticism for her recently announced partnership with the health and beauty corporation.
When the UK-based Daily Mail reached out to the morbidly obese soap pitchwoman, she called the cops because she felt “threatened” by the outlet, a reaction that was dripping with irony considering her advocacy for defunding the police during the George Floyd “summer of love” when violent race riots erupted across the country.
Zyahna Bryant ruined a white girl’s life over a non-existent remark
Dove just did a brand partnership with her to support “fat liberation” pic.twitter.com/7mgaOuXQco
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 14, 2023
“When DailyMail.com visited community organizer and University of Virginia student to ask about the controversy, we spoke to a woman who said she was Bryant’s sister and handed over our contact details,” the outlet reported on Friday. “But Bryant’s manager rang back to say the activist felt threatened, before Charlottesville chief of police himself then called echoing the manager’s message.”
The Daily Mail noted that Bryant posted the message to “Defund the police” to Instagram in July 2020, “adding the hashtag echoing her message,” which seems to indicate that either she has evolved in her attitude towards law enforcement or is just a big fat hypocrite.
Charlottesville, VA police chief Mike Kochis explained to the outlet that he received a call from the “fat liberation” influencer saying that “she was feeling uncomfortable,” and wanted to “get ahead of any situation.”
The chief “acknowledged” that the outlet “had done nothing wrong, was on a public street, and had simply asked for an interview and left,” describing the family as “good people” and stating that “he is not aware of any actual threats having been made to Bryant at this time,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Zyahna feels threatened right now. This is now about her security,” said a man identifying himself as Bryant’s manager, Sean Lawton.
The hate hoaxer’s hooking up with Dove sparked outrage from those who are aware of her history as a hate hoaxer, with calls to boycott Dove and other products owned by UK-based parent company Unilever spreading on social media along with images of discarded items that have been pitched in protest.
After hearing that Dove Beauty chose Zyahna Bryant – who ruined Morgan Bettinger’s life – for their “fat acceptance ambassador”, THIS lifelong large lady & now former Dove customer tossed out the last three bars of Dove product she will EVER buy. I have written to Unilever, too. pic.twitter.com/y3wbMXQ934
— Carole Thorpe (@CThorpeCville) September 14, 2023
“The biggest concern right now is about her security and her safety,” Bryant’s manager said. “That means this has now fallen into the domain of a legal matter which means we are unable to offer any comment at this time.”
When pressed about what he meant with his reference to a “legal matter,” the manager said, “It means I am unable to offer a comment at the advice of legal,” according to the Daily Mail.
“My belief is that we should be centering the voices and experiences of the most marginalized people and communities at all times,” Bryant said in a social media post touting her Dove partnership. “So when I think about what fat liberation looks like to me, I think about centering the voices of those who live in and who maneuver through spaces and institutions in a fat body.”
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