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Left-wing media darling and hero Tessica Brown, the Louisiana native who wound up in the hospital after lacing Gorilla Glue into her hair, is reportedly in trouble with the fundraising platform GoFundMe.
Speaking with the New York Post this week, she revealed that her GoFundMe has been locked and placed under investigation over alleged fraud.
“They won’t even release it to me because that many people have called and said it was a fraudulent account. Every time you look at it, it says it’s under investigation,” she said.
As of Thursday morning, the GoFundMe was up to nearly $25,000 thanks to all the support she’s amassed from the doting mainstream media.
Brown became an overnight sensation — though not necessarily in a good way — after she turned to social media for help after using Gorilla Glue on her hair in lieu of actual hairspray.
She’d apparently been out of her go-to hair product, Got2b Glued Freeze Spray, and thus thought that Gorilla Glue would work as an alternative. Bad decision.
Gorilla Glue lady ends up in hospital, in agony, after using product in hair; company sends… https://t.co/Sv4bTrvXBi
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 8, 2021
She wound up needing treatment at a hospital — an endeavor that spurred her into establishing a GoFundMe for “any expenses related to this unfortunate ordeal.”
“My name is Tessica Brown and I am a small town girl who happened to make a mistake by putting gorilla glue spray on my hair as a substitute for GotB glue hairspray, and as most of you know my hair was stuck in place for about a month,” the GoFundMe reads.
“After reading and researching I realized I may need medical help and my hair may need to be shaved, so I made this GoFundMe account to help with any expenses related to this unfortunate ordeal. I would like to thank everyone who reached out.”
There’s just one problem. She reportedly received free treatment from a local doctor identified only as Dr. Obeng.
“Obeng, a Ghana native, runs the Restore Worldwide foundation and travels overseas to perform constructive surgeries on people in developing countries who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the procedures. Obeng didn’t charge Brown for the procedure to remove the glue from her hair,” according to the Post.
That being said, Brown claimed to the Post that she intends to donate her GoFundMe earnings to both Obeng’s foundation and also her local community members in need.
“I’m like, ‘We can donate to Dr. Obeng’ … and the rest of that, I’m going to donate it to three families in St. Bernard Parish,” she said to the Post.
Yet as of Thursday morning, her GoFundMe hadn’t been modified to reflect this new goal:
In a statement to the Post, a GoFundMe spokesperson said the company’s “in touch” with Brown and “working with her on the withdrawal of the funds.”
“Prior to the withdrawal, she must clearly state on the campaign page how she intends to use the funds,” the spokesperson added.
Brown became a folk hero of sorts thanks to her ordeal, with left-wing media outlets rushing to portray her as a victim of racism.
“The Gorilla Glue Saga, Laid Edges and the Trauma of Black Beauty Standards,” the headline of a piece at the NBC-owned LXTV reads.
“For a group that deals with the pressures of racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism, beauty standards in the community are deeply rooted in oppression in the past and present,” the actual piece itself states. “Never being able to come close enough to the Eurocentric ideals of beauty, including white skin, straight hair and slim features, Black aesthetics are constantly undervalued.”
The thesis is that Brown was forced to use Gorilla Glue on her hair because of racism.
The Washington Post reportedly went with the same dubious angle as well:
In which we learn that spraying Gorilla Glue in your hair can be blamed on systemic racism. No, I’m not kidding. https://t.co/4xcggWU6Xb
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 18, 2021
The nearly $25,000 in donations that have poured into Brown’s GoFundMe suggest that quite a few people have bought this narrative hook, line and sinker.
However, plenty more — many of them black like Brown — certainly haven’t.
Case in point:
White people made her do it? hahaha
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) February 13, 2021
“We here at NBC believe black women can’t be expected to know better than to put glue in their hair because society”
— Peter Matti🇺🇸 (@peterrmatti) February 12, 2021
The #GorillaGlue saga was NOT part of a larger story, this scenario was NEVER that deep. Society did not pressure her to use gorilla glue as an alternative 😐
— lil intro vert (@fkajessica) February 12, 2021
Wow….so we’re trying to really cover up stupidity with the history of beauty standards pertaining to Black women? This is a reach and a stretch for me…. pic.twitter.com/0NPJ2MF6L3
— Laurie (@NaturalCutie79) February 13, 2021
My fellow black people I know some will say I speak from a position of privilege as a black man but this thread holy son of Mary is what you can call reaching, grasping at straws or whatever they say 😂😂 She just made a stupid decision, FULLSTOP pic.twitter.com/Xpjba2axOE
— Tinashe🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 (@tinash3_b) February 12, 2021
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