Addison Rae responds to backlash over red carpet presenting gig

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Photo credit: Addison Rae - Twitter
Photo credit: Addison Rae - Twitter

Addison Rae has responded to backlash following her presenting gig on the UFC red carpet in which she told fans that she had studied for "3 whole months" to prepare for this moment.

The TikToker was interviewing on the red carpet at Saturday night's UFC fight, so far so good. But the backlash started when she posted a few pictures of herself presenting at the event, mic in hand, along with the caption, "I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment." It's safe to say that this did not go down well.

People were quick to point out that many who have worked hard to get into the industry are not afforded the same opportunities, adding that it was the caption referring to "3 whole months" of study that had really ruffled feathers.

One comment, which has more than 2.7k likes, read, "I went to Journalism school for two years and interned (unpaid) for another 1.5 years after that. Never got hired on and had to switch careers. Thank you for this info," while another said, "This is disrespectful to all the people who go to college and work their asses off for jobs like this and sometimes don’t even get them but because Addison has clout she gets them over QUALIFIED sports journalists."

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However others were quick to defend Addison, saying that it's totally normal for celebrities to make appearances like this, and that the criticism was too harsh.

One person commented, "lol people mad at addison as if she really stole a job from someone, shes obviously there for publicity and if it wasn't her it was gonna be a different celebrity. This is not a new concept," and another wrote, "people tell you to get a real job and then are mad when you get one smh."

Well, after a few days of this playing out on Twitter Addison herself has responded to the criticism, retweeting her original tweet along with the comment, "nvm y’all got me fired."

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Again, this prompted come criticism on Twitter, however, according to E! News Addison was never actually employed in an full-time capacity by UFC and therefore could not have been fired - rather, her tweet was meant to poke fun at the situation.

Either way, it doesn't look like this drama is going to fizzle out any time soon.

Cosmopolitan UK has reached out to Addison's reps for comment.

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