Is it possible to be “cancelled” after a handshake?
This may be the case for TikTok star Addison Rae, 20, after he recently congratulated former 75-year-old former President Donald Trump.
Various celebrities gathered together to watch Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor fight at the UFC 264 event in Las Vegas on July 11. The audience mix included TikTok creators such as Rae, film stars including Mel Gibson, and former politicians such as Trump.
However, the real drama happened when Rai decided to give the former president a pat on the shoulder and politely introduce himself while sitting among his entourage.
The video shows the content creator—who was at the event for a side gig doing red carpet interviews—reaching out to the former commander-in-chief and saying, “Hi! I’m Edison. Nice to meet you.”
Once TikTok caught her attention, the two shook hands and she mentioned that she just had to “say hi” and that it was “great to meet you.”
After YouTube channel NELK uploaded a video of the exchange on July 13, users on TikTok, YouTube and Twitter began sharing their shock or solidarity with Rai.
a twitter user express illusion What was Rai’s aim at that time?
a commentator questioned The public tried to quash it and believed the debate was absurd.
Another poster suggested that Rai – who had previously apologized for making a Black Lives Matter video several years ago – was not up front about his motives, Writing, “I swear they only support BLM when it benefits them… it is not growing.”
a twitter also addressed her past controversies and how this particular conversation doesn’t align with earlier social justice ME offendera.
They were referring when, in April, Rae appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and performed eight TikTok dances for the host and audience. Following their appearance, she and Fallon received backlash for not crediting the original black dance creators. Both apologized and offered a solution.
Rai, for one, offered to collaborate with the creators. “Once the world opens up so we can all get together, do something together, it’ll be a lot of fun,” she said. “They’re all so talented and I certainly don’t do them justice, they’re amazing.”
Following Rae’s statement, Fallon featured in a segment the dance promoters discussing and breaking down their viral routines.