COMING SOON: Junior Eurovision 2022 Reviews

I’m taking a break from posting on WordPress, but next week, I’ll be channeling my energy into reviewing the 16 entries for the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Armenia. For now, I’ll be enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday and you should start seeing some posts here by next Monday

Writing Prompt Wednesday #8

Per last week, here’s part two of this story

After a quick brainstorming session, Nora decided to reply back to Catherine’s message. “Hey,” Nora started, “I appreciate anyone caring about me, but I promise you I am not in a position to try your products, whatever they may be. I am busy with my children and my husband, so I don’t have any free time to spend on myself.” Nora stopped for a moment to think about how she was going to word the next part of her reply. She wanted Catherine to understand that she wasn’t trying to be rude or unkind, but that she was not interested in what Catherine had to offer. “Also,” Nora continued, “if this is a pyramid scheme, I’m here to tell you right now, I am not interested. If not, reply. I would love to chat”.

Catherine sent a reply right back which made Nora laugh. “What are you laughing at,” Joe asked.

“Joey,” Nora said as soon as she stopped laughing, “look at this.”

Joe looked at the reply Nora received from Catherine which said, ” I’m not in a pyramid scheme. I’m just trying to make some extra money on the side”. Joe laughed hysterically when he read this. “Oh, boy. That’s hilarious,” he said as he continued laughing at Catherine’s reply.

Nora turned back to the email and replied, “Okay, let’s put you through a test. Name your company, how much you make, what your duties are, and list your qualifications. I’m doing this because I have certification in nutrition and the last thing I want is for some quack bitch to sell me shit that doesn’t work”. It must have taken Catherine back because she realized that Nora wasn’t going to fall for it. She turned to her upline for guidance on how to respond to Nora’s message. Her upline, Kerry, didn’t know what to do either, so she turned to Amanda, the crypto lady from earlier. Amanda sent this reply for Kerry to send to Catherine, “We partner with several Fortune 500 companies to sell amazing weight loss products that can help with losing the baby fat. We share products on social media for a bit of extra cash and we do it in pockets of time.”

Nora wasn’t impressed. “How do you know they work? Have you tried them yourself?” It would be another 5 minutes before Catherine replied back to Nora’s message.

” I’ve tried the products myself and they work amazing. I lost about 20 pounds in a month and it was so easy!”

“That’s bullshit,” Nora thought. It’s impossible to lose 20 pounds in a month. She had struggled with weight her whole life and the last 2 years were the first time in a long time that she felt great about her body. Still, she pressed Catherine for info that she did not get earlier.

“That’s great and all,” Nora replied, “but you did not tell me what company you’re with or how much you make”

“I can’t tell you that,” Catherine replied. “You’ll have to sign up yourself.”

“Wow,” Nora thought, “this girl is trying to play me”.

Joe asked, “any progress?”

“Progress?” Nora shrieked, “this girl told me she lost 20 pounds in a month and won’t tell me the name of the company”

“Yikes,” Joe replied sarcastically, “I’m sure she’s a lovely person”

Nora ignored Joe and sent another message to Catherine. “And may I ask why you won’t say the name of the company? Are you afraid that if you tell me, I would look it up to see if it’s a scam or not?”

“It’s not a scam,” Catherine replied, “but I really don’t want to get into an argument with you”

“I’m sorry,” Nora said sarcastically, “I wasn’t aware that this was an argument. Who knew getting basic info is problematic haha.”

At this point, Catherine sent one final but angry message to Nora, but before Nora got a chance to reply, she found herself blocked. She showed the message to Joe and they both started laughing.

Joe would then go on and post the interaction between Nora and Catherine on a subreddit dedicated to exposing scams.

WordPress Adventures #10: Sportsball Season

I watched a lot of sports this week. My very short recap is coming

My Posts From This Week

As always, we start things off with the previous episode which you can find it here

This week’s anti-MLM post is about MLM companies pretending to be small businesses (surprise, right) in order to get into craft fairs. It’s as you would expect, tho. You can read up on it here

This week’s Writing Prompt is also MLM-related with a side of crypto. The second part will be coming in the next edition, but here’s where it stands right now

And we end things off with Eurovision, where we welcome 4 new entrants to Junior Eurovision and an update on an online contest that I’m taking part in

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

Once again, my actual adventures were had offline. I’ve been catching up with friends and family, planning for a Halloween party (note: there’s no anti-MLM post this Monday), and my followed sports teams are doing pretty good. Kind of. I got one in the World Series (Philadelphia Phillies), the other is undefeated (Philadelphia Eagles), one who is really picking up the pieces since last season (Phoenix Suns), and one who finally got a win (Orlando Magic, my local NBA Team btw).

No posts to share this week. When my spectrum ass finally gets its gear going, I’ll bring it back

Eurovision (and other music) Roundup Saturday 2022.10.29

New artists come into the fray and that’s pretty much it for this edition.

4 new artists for Junior Eurovision

4 more countries added their singers to the 20th edition. Ireland and Albania did it through the national finals, while Armenia and France chose internally. Sophie Lennon, Kejtlin Gjata, Nare, and Lissandro will be respectively representing these countries in Yerevan in December. Lissandro’s song is already out. I’ll be reacting to that and other songs when the time comes

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Recap

Today I’ll be watching the 2015 contest, the 13th edition in the lineup. This one will be like watching it brand new because around that same time, I was bombarded with bad energy after bad energy. 2015 was not a good year for me and I could not enjoy this contest at the time. Now, after almost 7 years, I’m going to enjoy it, with no one stopping me. Anyway, the contest was held in Bulgaria with 17 countries taking part, and I cannot wait to watch it in full with a much better mood

TOISC Update

All 40 countries had voted by the deadline so now the real preparation starts. You can follow along here

Favorite Tracks of the Week

As always, we end it with some of my favorite tracks of the week

  • Rihanna feat Chris Brown — Birthday Cake (I found out it’s a remix and also yikes, but I like this song, okay)
  • Eden Alene — Set Me Free
  • Dias — Boom Boom
  • Joe — I Don’t Wanna Know
  • Drake feat WizKid and Kyla — One Dance
  • Nicki Minaj — Roman Holiday
  • Rihanna — Pon De Replay

Writing Prompt Wednesday #7

So I had an idea on how I’m going to do this week’s prompt. I decided to combine my favorite topic to date, anti-MLM and other scams and a writing prompt to go with it. In this one, Nora (a stay-at-home mom with two kids) gets pitched to join a crypto scam company by Amanda (a rep) and then by Catherine (another rep). She consults Joe (husband), Scott (brother), and Georgia (sister-in-law) for advice on how to handle this. I might do a second part next week, but this is what I have right now.

Nora is a stay-at-home mom who just gave birth to her second child. It’s been two weeks since her daughter entered the world and she is trying to find something to do to keep herself busy. She decides to write a blog post about her experiences as a new mom and how she feels about being a stay-at-home mom. She hopes that by writing this post, it will help other women who are also looking for ways to pass the time while they are on maternity leave or just want to get some work done while their baby sleeps.

However, she received a message from an unknown woman… at least she was unknown to Nora. The woman sent her an email saying she was interested in hiring her for some freelance work. Nora was excited because she needed the money and this woman seemed like she could provide her with a steady stream of clients. The message read:

“Hey, Nora! I know you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed right now—after all, you just had a baby and you’re still trying to figure out how to balance your crazy new life with the regular hustle of an MLM. And that’s okay. We’ve all been there. But I wanted to reach out because I think we could really help each other out in this case. You see, my name is Amanda and I’m the founder of our new crypto recruitment company. We have a unique opportunity for stay-at-home moms who are looking to recruit their friends and family members into crypto-related businesses by offering them free crypto training and access to our VIP list of investors. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit us at [link redacted]. We’d love to get together sometime soon so we can chat about what your personal goals are as far as investing goes (or not investing), and then see if we have anything that might work for you!”

Nora was taken aback. She had no idea what this woman was talking about. “What kind of business are you running?” she asked, trying to sound as casual as possible.

“Oh, it’s a cryptocurrency investment website that I run with a couple of friends,” Amanda replied back, “We call it [link redacted]. It’s like a social network for investors—we help people find each other and build relationships so they can share tips about what cryptocurrencies to invest in, etc.”

It sounded too good to be true, Nora thought. Nora’s husband Joe had been scammed before. He was pitched to join Amway with his then-girlfriend over a decade ago. Joe got out after a few months, but his then-girlfriend stayed in it. They had broken up as a result. Joe had mentioned this to Nora when they started dating. In addition, Nora’s brother Scott works on Wall Street and is NOT a crypto fan. He has told Nora that “crypto is a scam.” He doesn’t understand why people are so excited about it. Considering her husband’s experiences and the warnings heeded by Scott, Nora decided to push Amanda further about this.

“So, you run a cryptocurrency investment website,” Nora replied back, “I want to know if this is a scam, and if not, why?”

Amanda replied with a link to her website. It was another page that had been designed by Amanda for her business. She had done this herself and it was not very professional. The site looked like it was made in Microsoft Word, which might have been true.

“I don’t think this is a scam,” she replied, “But I know nothing about the stock market.”

Nora responded, “that doesn’t make any sense. My brother trades on Wall Street and he knows this is volatile and is full of scams”

Amanda replied, “I don’t know what to tell you, but I think this is real.”

Nora replied, “Well, I’m going to do some research and get back to you. It’s just strange that you thought it was not a scam when I told you it was.”

Nora contacted Scott, but it was his wife (her sister-in-law Georgia) who answered the phone instead.

Georgia answered, “Hey, this is Georgia.”

Nora responded, “Hey, Georgia, it’s Nora”.

Georgia replied with excitement, “Oh, yes, Nora. Great to hear from you again. If you’re looking for Scott, he’s on his way home from work.”

Nora responded, “Okay, tell him I need to talk to him because some lady contacted me on my blog about this work opportunity involving crypto.”

Georgia took a moment before responding, “Crypto? Maybe she’s trying to pitch you to join an MLM involving crypto”. Georgia is an anti-MLM advocate and knows all about pyramid schemes.

Nora responded, “yeah, it did sound like one of those MLM pitches. She — her name is Amanda — she told me she works with some ‘like-minded women’ trying to build a crypto empire or something crazy like that”.

A few minutes later, Scott came home. Georgia handed the phone to him.

“Here,” Georgia said, “it’s your sister. Some lady tried to pitch her for an MLM”.

Scott took the phone and said, “don’t worry. I got this.” He then turned to Nora.

“Hey, sis,” he greeted.

Nora replied, “Scott, you would not believe this”. Nora is now with Joe and their two kids. “I got pitched to join some crypto company. I was just telling Georgia about it and it seemed really fishy.”

Scott replied, “Is it the same person who tried to pitch me? If so, she works for someone else and says she’s trying to build some kind of crypto empire”.

“Is her name Amanda who runs [link redacted]?” Nora asked.

“Yes,” Scott replied, “it is the same person. In fact, she is the one who pitched me and I said no.”

“Why did you say no?” Nora asked.

“Because it’s a pyramid scheme,” Scott said, “and I’m not going to be a part of that. And she doesn’t really keep track of who she contacts since this is women-led, and I’m a guy, so…”

Nora turned to Joe, “Babe, what do you think? Should we go back and waste her time”?

Joe laughs, “whatever rocks your boat, Nora. You have a sharp mouth after all”

Nora gave Joe the dirtiest look possible and then turned to Scott. “Scott, Georgia, I’m gonna go waste Amanda’s time so that she and her fellow boss babes don’t scam more people.”

Georgia said, “I think that’s a great idea.”

Scott replied, “I mean, you know, my sister has trolled people before on social media. Never to a ‘boss babe’ though.

“Scott, Nora has a great support system. I know she can handle this,” Georgia reassured him.

“Be careful,” Scott told Nora over the phone, “you don’t want to get into some kind of war with a scammer”

Nora said, “not to worry, I can handle it.”

After everyone hung up and put their kids to bed, Nora opened up her email to see that Amanda had responded telling her not to do any ‘research’ as the company will give her all the info she needed. It was a red flag. Nora replied back, “babe, I just did and between me, my husband, my brother, and my sister-in-law, we all agree that you’re trying to recruit me into a pyramid scheme. Yeah, I’m a stay-at-home mom, and that’s who you’re targeting.”

She didn’t get a reply until the middle of the night when someone else in Amanda’s circle replied with another pitch, this time for a multi-level marketing company involving… weight loss. It seemed that Amanda had visited Nora’s Instagram and Facebook profiles linked to the blog and noticed her pregnancy pictures. She then told another hun, Catherine, who is not involved in crypto, about Nora and essentially made fun of Nora’s weight, prompting this pitch

“Hey, Nora” the message started, “I saw your post about your baby and it made me think of you. I’m in this amazing company that helps moms lose weight while earning money, as well as helping other women feel beautiful. If you’re interested, let me know!” Just then, the newborn baby girl woke up crying and Joe had to run to the bedroom to calm her down. He brought the child over to the bedroom to soothe her. For Nora, this is just the beginning.

Anti-MLM Mondays: Craft Fairs

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Happy Monday, folks. This week’s anti-MLM topic is craft fairs. Yes, if MLM huns aren’t infiltrating Facebook pages and Instagram DMs, they are also taking spots from actual craft makers via small-town craft fairs.

Being active on the anti-MLM subreddit, another theme I have noticed besides profiting off of tragedies and making baseless health and income claims is MLM huns portraying as small business owners (I mean, they do that when it’s convenient) in order to secure a spot at their hometown’s annual craft fairs.

For this week’s edition, I will be giving my reaction to 10 posts from Reddit that highlights this problem.

First, though, I want to turn the attention to a guest post on the MLM Truth blog about MLM and craft fairs. The post started off with the guest poster, who owns a small business and participates in these craft fairs, boldly stating that MLM reps don’t make their own products, they don’t own trademarks, and they don’t have any type of business license. Considering that most people pay for a starter pack to join one of these companies, this tracks.

The post also dived into the reasons why MLM huns show up at craft fairs despite the lack of craftiness required. One reason could be that the organizer has been involved in it themselves or has friends who are involved. Another could be ignorance. Maybe it’s not the right term, but sometimes organizers have no clue what MLM companies are and think they’re small businesses. Others know about the risks that come with hosting MLM reps and try to find a middle ground.

Reading further, some actual small business owners are coming together to promote their handmade products and to talk about their experience while people who are expecting all-handmade craft fairs just stop coming. Savy Writes Book, a YouTuber who runs a small business and does anti-MLM content, and someone I follow on there, did a video 3 years ago on this and I think I’ll leave it here below.

Okay, now let’s get to the posts

1. Targeting a 7-year-old girl for lipstick

A Reddit post from November 11, 2018, titled “MLM’s are ruining “craft” fairs”. A mom took her then-7-year-old daughter to a craft fair that she herself has never been to before. Her experience was so bad that she ended up contacting the organizers to ban MLM huns from participating after some tried to entice the young girl by trying to have her touch and feel the products.

2. More leggings aren’t always better

A Reddit post from July 10, 2018, titled “Local Craft Fair! AKA MLM Hell”. A mom took her then-3-year-old son and a few friends to a local craft fair that her city was advertising. Out of the 30 booths there, 5 were of actual small business owners. The rest were in MLMs, including about 8 or 9 of them from LulaRoe alone. That sounds like saturation to me. Just like the last post, the huns used a child to get the mom to buy from them.

3. When odds are stacked against you

A Reddit post from November 10, 2019, titled, “MLMs at craft fairs”. This post is from someone who has a small business selling handmade vegan products like candles and soaps. They felt like they have to prove themselves more than the other vendor because, surprise, surprise, the other vendors are MLM companies. Combined with a chronic health problem, the odds were stacked against them. Still, they will persist, as I got from the post

4. Wow, this seems legit /s

A Reddit post from November 6, 2021, titled “Local “homemade crafts” sales event is full of MLMs”. It’s a short post, but it’s a goodie. This person runs a bakery and had signed up to participate in a local craft fair that the local school is running. They counted about 20 or so booths, with MLM companies like Color Street, doTERRA, and Scentsy among them. Yep, definitely not local

5. The question speaks for itself on this one

A Reddit post from September 17, 2022, titled “Where are the crafts??” I think that’s a great question. Where are the crafts? I saw from this post that this craft fair is intending to host almost all MLM-related companies. Usborne, Thirty-One, Color Street, Avon, and Arbonne among them all. Do you see any actual, legit small businesses on here? I certainly don’t. Even being online doesn’t seem genuine.

6. Dude stands up for wife vs MLMs at craft fairs

A Reddit post from December 30, 2018, titled “MLMs at Craft Shows”. This person made this one short and sweet and to the point. It’s a short rant in that his wife has to compete with MLM vendors at craft fairs

7. “Un”popular Opinion

A Reddit post from August 3, 2020, titled “MLM’s shouldn’t be allowed to craft fairs”. This was posted on the Unpopular Opinions subreddit, but really, should it be there? Anyway, this post hits a point there. The CEO of Color Street (and other MLM companies for that matter) really don’t care about their reps. It may look like they do, but given the conditions, I also doubt it. It’s also lining the pockets of these same CEOs who already gots millions and billions to their name to begin with

8. No direct sales businesses allowed

A Reddit post from September 27, 2022, titled “I love knowing which fairs are safe to go to. This was definitely refreshing after seeing one last weekend with almost a dozen MLM sellers”. This is a change of pace from other posts. It shows a flyer promoting a craft fair that will be held next month. The part about direct sales businesses not being accepted is refreshing, so I’ll be awaiting an update sometime after November 20

9. I have to share booth space with a hun?

A Reddit post from October 13, 2019, titled “MLM mania at a craft show I’m doing”. An artist got accepted into a local art fair and was excited to go… until they got assigned a booth directly across from an MLM rep. Apparently, the “not accepting any more direct sales/MLMs” warning didn’t do much to deter them from joining. And yes, Norwex is an MLM.

10

A Reddit post from December 26, 2019, titled “”Craft fair” reads like our list of known MLMs…”. It’s a comment left on a Facebook post from someone who is concerned about the MLMs being at this craft fair. Red doesn’t like the inference of pyramid schemes, which pretty much sets the tone for this post.

There are probably other examples, but I want to showcase 10 of them so as to not clog this post too much, but they do show it’s a problem and organizers should find a way to differentiate actual small business owners from MLMs, or else people won’t do it. If you have been to a craft fair and came across an MLM product there, drop me a comment below

WordPress Adventures #9: Offline Edition

As you can tell by the title, I pretty much stayed away from WordPress this week, but I was able to make my posts. Without further ado, let’s go

My Posts From This Week

We always start with the previous episodes, so if you want to catch up, here it is

This week’s anti-MLM episode takes a look at huns using tragedy and death to sell their products. I reacted to 10 posts showcasing everything from anniversaries to more personal tragedies, and you can read all about it here

This week’s Writing Prompt was another last-minute post. I had wanted to do another play, then I wanted to do an AI-style story, and then I wanted to react to some famous quotes, but I ended up with a story about a reporter who also sings on the side who got called to compete in her state’s song selection.

No Friday post again, but we did close out the week with some Eurovision stuff, including the number of countries competing in Liverpool next year

My ‘Actual’ Adventures

As mentioned earlier, I stayed off WordPress this week to focus on other things, but I will have a full slate of posts for the upcoming week. However, I do want to turn your attention to some things I was fixated on this week, including the MLB Postseason, the NBA Season, voting in an online song contest, and reading up on a reporter in Iowa who is an out-and-proud trans (and she’s also terminally online. I’m with you on that, Nora)

No posts to share this week. When my spectrum ass finally gets its gear going, I’ll bring it back

Eurovision (and other music) Roundup Saturday 2022.10.22

A short one, but we have an idea of how many countries will compete (and how long the shows will be in May)

Cyprus picks their artist

Andrew Lambrou was chosen by Cyprus’ TV station CyBC to represent the country in Liverpool next year. He is the second artist to be selected to compete in Liverpool after Israel chose Noa Kirel over the summer. Lambrou is Greek-Cypriot-Aussie and competed in Australia’s national selection in 2022.

37 Countries will be in Liverpool

The European Broadcasting Union released the list of 37 countries that will be competing in Liverpool, with Cyprus and Israel among them. However, as mentioned last week, Montenegro, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia dropped out (although Bulgaria tried to walk back). This is the lowest number of participants since 2014. Although Kazakhstan is eyeing a debut so we might or might not see them in Liverpool, who knows.

Junior Eurovision 2014 Rewatch

Tonight, I’m rewatching one of my favorite editions of JESC, and it’s the 2014 edition in Malta. 16 countries competed, up 4 from the previous two years. Italy debuted and won the contest, with Bulgaria (who hosted the next contest) in second. The hosting venue is pretty much a continuation of the shipyard aesthetic that Copenhagen undertook some months earlier. This will be a fun one, so I can’t wait to watch it again

Totallympics Open Song Contest Update

The voting period will end on October 28, but I have already made my decision to secure my country’s entry. I don’t know if my teammate voted yet, but I’m sure he’s working on it. Anyway, that’s pretty much the only update I have this week

Favorite Tracks of the Week

As always, we end it with some of my favorite tracks of the week

  • Gromee feat Lukas Meijer — Light Me Up
  • Ronela Hajati — Sekret
  • Jeremie Makiese — Miss You
  • Alvan & Ahez — Fulenn
  • Now United — All Night Long
  • Taylor Swift — Lavender Haze
  • Waka Flocka Flame feat Roscoe Dash & Wale — No Hands
  • Sam Smith & Kim Petras — Unholy
  • Rhea Raj — Outside

Writing Prompt Wednesday #6

Cassie, a reporter in Washington state, got a call to compete in her state’s selection to find an act to represent them in the nationwide contest. Her song is halfway done and the submission deadline is set in one week. After she filed her final live shot of the day, she went home to finish her song.

Her song is a mid-tempo pop song with 4 verses, a chorus, two bridges, a hook, and an outro. Her producer George, who frequently works with her in day-to-day reporting, helps produce the song. Within a 3-hour session, they manage to get a rough draft. Still, Cassie isn’t totally satisfied.

Cassie: Okay, I’m listening to how the song sounds on the beat, and I don’t think the hook fits well enough.

George: You mean, like…

Cassie: It’s off the beat. It sounded like a 1, 2, 3 when it’s supposed to be a 1, 2.

George: Can you sing it out?

Cassie: I’ll try.

(Cassie sings it out, and it confirms her suspicions)

Cassie: Yeah, I figure.

George: Okay, we can shorten it.

(They shorten the song a bit. Then they played it out. Cassie sang while George puts on a timer and played the beat. The song still needed to be shaved by 5 seconds as it is over the limit of 3 minutes)

Cassie: How long is it?

George: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

Cassie: Aww, man. Do we have to take off another 5 seconds? I don’t know where to cut.

George: I mean, we can shorten the intro.

Cassie: Why? The intro is perfect.

George: It may be perfect, but I think it’s a little too long.

Cassie: Actually, my attention is on the bridge before the chorus. I feel like it’s a little too long.

George: Well (looking at the lyrics) I think we can shorten the bridges a bit. Do you still want to do 4 lines, or 2?

Cassie: Two lines is fine. It just gets to the point faster, I feel.

George: I’m trying to get the beat format correct on this. I mean, we got all week to do this anyway.

Cassie: It’s a good thing I have the week off next week.

George: Yeah, I think we have a lot of time on our hands on this project. This will be good.

Cassie: I know.

(George and Cassie work on fine-tuning the song, and with the help of another producer, who is friends with George, they were able to complete the song, record a demo, and sent it to the TV station responsible for fielding entries)

To be continued…

Anti-MLM Mondays: Tragedy and Death

Welcome back to another anti-MLM post. This week, we’ll be reacting to MLM posts about using tragedy and death to shill for products. Yes, that’s right. If using brainwashing tactics, emotional manipulation, and dangling the lifestyle over the heads isn’t enough, they will also use the tragedy of tragedies and the saddest of deaths to promote the product. Sometimes, they’ll promote the company as a whole.

When you think about the point where there should be a bottom… there isn’t one. I don’t think my trying to explain it would do justice, so I’m putting together 10 Reddit posts that encompass this “activity”. My reactions are in each caption.

1. The way this fits is just no

A Reddit post from March 22, 2022, titled “Latest Herbalife cringe marketing *ukraine energy bomb*”. We have an Herbalife “shop owner”, I guess, that is capitalizing on the war between Russia and Ukraine by selling this drink that is supposedly in support of Ukraine. The “donate a portion” trope is just so that they feel good about donating in the first place, almost like a performative activism type of thing

2. September 11th nails????

A Reddit post from September 12, 2019, called “9/11 sale”. A Color Street Hun used the (at the time) 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by selling a nail set special to “honor” the lives lost that day. Basically using the anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history to make a quick buck

3. No, we are not doing the military like this

A Reddit post from July 3, 2019, titled “Posh is offering a special for 4th of July, a discount to military families. Military wives would be excellent mlm victims due to the cultish camaraderie.”. Perfectly Posh is a skincare MLM company, out of many skincare MLM companies. This post promotes their discounted starter kits as thanks to the military for serving the country.

4. Essential oils as an answer to breathing? Really?

A Reddit post from June 8, 2020, titled “Doterra huns are using George Floyd’s death to sell their crappy oils and it’s disgusting”. This really made me angry. Imagine using the death of a black man at the hands (or knees) of a white cop to sell essential oils that don’t make two cents. They don’t just use tragic anniversaries to make a quick buck. They also use the biggest news stories to promote their products, especially if that story ends in someone’s death

5. Got hit by Hurricane Ian? Monat can help /s

A Reddit post from October 2, 2022, titled “My mom’s house was affected by Hurricane Ian. A perfect time to plug Monat!”. My state got hit by Hurricane Ian late last month, and while people lost everything in that storm, a top earner’s mom is more concerned about getting her hair done with very little hot water than basically surviving. The top earner in question is part of the 10 Million Dollar Commission club (per the comments) and still has to sell like crazy because of how the system is set up.

6. Dad died. Here’s my business

A Reddit post from April 30, 2022, titled “[TW: Death of a parent] Monat Rep’s father is buried on the same day as an event. Not only does she go to the event, she uses his death to advertise her business.” Staying with Monat, a rep had to bury her father and her upline praised her because she still showed up for the business. I mean, if that is not cult-like behavior. The OP confirmed that the hun did in fact put a celebratory post at the bottom of the first photo. All of this is just awful. She can’t even say goodbye to her dad without wOrKiNg ThE bIz

7. Imagine having a sale on the anniversary of your friend’s death (or heavenly birthday)

A Reddit post from January 8, 2022, titled “Having a sale for the anniversary of your friends death 😬”. Using someone’s death to sell products doesn’t have to happen on the day of the event or even a few days after. Sometimes, huns use the anniversaries of personal tragedies to make a quick buck, like this hun here. I was confused about this post at first, as the title suggests the friend in question died and it’s the anniversary of that event, but the original FB post mentions “heavenly birthday”, which suggests that it’s the friend’s birthday, but they are not here to celebrate it. Either way, this is just shallow and predatory.

8. I’m sure she needs those after a fire

A Reddit post from February 8, 2022, titled “Influencer uses her friend’s devastating house-fire to pitch sales for MLM (in the name of “donating”).” In this two-pic post (you’ll have to click on it since WordPress won’t show images embedded from Reddit if it’s 2 or more pictures), a Beauty Counter uses her friend’s house fire to field “donations” aka discounting her sales and taking a self-imposed pay cut to send proceeds to her friend’s family. And I will ask this… why not just donate directly? If you truly cared about her and the situation, you wouldn’t stoop so low to take advantage of this, but we’re talking to an MLM hun, so this message is moot to her

9. This makes Travis Scott look like a saint, and that’s a practically low bar to not cross

A Reddit post from November 7, 2021, titled “MLM Hun tries to cash in on the Travis Scott concert disaster.” 10 people died during the tragedy at Astroworld and this hun is coping with her ruined experience by asking people to buy her DoTerra essential oils (although she said it’s for the victims). A classic “woe is me” situation. 10 families have to bury their loved ones because of this, and all this lady cares about is herself, so this promotion she put out tracks. Also, she’s defending Travis Scott, another walking red flag

10. No length of time is too soon for a sale

A Reddit post from April 17, 2020, titled “For the lady who wants to coordinate her stick on nail polish with her favorite nautical disaster.” The Titanic, despite being built to last especially back then, sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg. Even though it happened over a century ago and people have drowned as a result, this Color Street hun used this tragedy to make a sale for her nail sticker collection. Tragedy aside, some people in the comments have clowned the hun for not having any blue nails on sale. I mean, dull colors and a nautical tragedy, this MLM sale checks out

These are the 10 posts I wanted to react to that fit the theme. I think each post showcased here has different scenarios going on, but they all come to the same conclusion — taking advantage of tragedy, personal or not, to promote their business, or to have some special that “honors” but completely misses the mark

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