’90 Day Fiancé’ Fans Bash Jesse Meester for Stocking Up On Masks During COVID-19, Virtue Signaling
90 Day Fiancé star Jesse Meester is facing some fan backlash following a post he made on his Instagram recently regarding facemasks for coronavirus (COVID-19). The reality star is one of several cast members on the hit TLC franchise who have made posts about the virus and scarce supplies and faced subsequent backlash. Other who have made the list since the virus began are Geoffrey Paschel, who also stands accused of domestic violence, and Blake Abelard, married to Jasmin Lahtinen. Here’s what Meester posted, and what fans think of the reality star’s comments.
Jesse Meester posts about COVID-19 supplies
In an Instagram post that drew ire from a bevy of 90 Day Fiancé fans, Jesse Meester revealed that he’d been planning on profiteering off of N-95 masks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Apparently, Meester had stocked up on masks when the outbreak began in order to sell them at a profit online.
He apparently changed his mind about that, but some fans are seeing it as virtue signaling after he already intended to do something selfish. This screenshot alleges that, in his now-edited post, Meester allegedly wrote, “Before the pandemic I ordered N-95 masks to sell them online. I realized with the spread of this current pandemic it would have been selfish to proceed in any other way than donating them to where it’s needed. Today, me and my incredible team @meesterpt & @meesterstore donated the last few N95 masks to hospitals and help our incredible healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.”
Meester continued, “We will keep a few to give out to friends and family. Including some of you. If you need one, please comment below and we can ship one to you. I encourage anyone who has N95 masks to do the same. They need them most!”
The 90 Day Fiancé star seemingly edited the line about selling his masks online to, “Before the pandemic I had N-95 masks.” It seems as if Meester realized he’d be facing backlash. However, he wasn’t able to edit it in time before fans caught on.
‘90 Day Fiancé’ fans react to Jesse Meester’s post
90 Day Fiancé fans have started to lash out at Jesse Meester following his Instagram post. Many seem unimpressed with Meester’s attitude, with some suggesting that his donation comes off as an empty gesture seeking validation given that he originally planned to make a profit.
One Reddit user commented, “What a piece of sh*t for doing what he did, and an even bigger piece of sh*t for making this post for validation.”
Another added, “Seriously…to even think of capitalizing on purchasing masks before a pandemic? It’s not justifiable, no matter how you slice it. But he’s over here like ‘oh wow guys now it’s really bad, much worse than I thought so please observe me being a martyr, donating masks I intended to price gouge.’ What the actual f*ck.”
“Jesse, you are an a**hole. I am an RN. People are donating homemade masks to our hospital because we have run out. I am risking my life and being exposed to positive patients. How did you get ahold of N-95s? Anything for attention and relevance right?” wrote another commenter.
Blake Abelard and Geoffrey Paschel face backlash as well
Blake Abelard and Geoffrey Paschel have also faced backlash from 90 Day Fiancé fans following posts they made about supplies.
Geoffrey Paschel posted a photo of himself sitting on a throne of toilet paper, paper towels, and Corona beer while smoking a cigar. Blake Abelard showed off a pack of masks on his Instagram story, claiming they were from a friend in healthcare and meant for his family.
While some fans were supportive of the two, many others pointed out what they felt was selfishness. “I sent him a message encouraging him to donate them to frontline healthcare workers. I doubt he’ll see it.. but I had to do something,” wrote one Redditor of Abelard’s post.
Of Paschel’s post, a fan commented, “I still have to work. Single mom. No support. No toilet paper and you sit on it making jokes. Unreal.”