Influencers need to start exercising more care when discussing other celebrities. Because these people have ridiculously large audiences, what they say and do on their platforms has greater potential to impact others negatively. This is all painfully obvious and shouldn’t need to be said at all, but there are some who wield their clout irresponsibly. Such seems to be the case with a number of TikTokers who have taken it upon themselves to put Kanye West’s character, career, and former bodyguard Steve Stanulis on trial.
According to Page Six, Cole Carrigan, a makeup artist with a sizable TikTok following (nearly 350,000 followers), indirectly named Stanulis as the man who supposedly arranged a meeting for Carrigan and Kanye West. Stanulis and his lawyer responded quickly and fiercely, sending Carrigan a cease-and-desist letter and denying any involvement with or knowledge of the social media influencer. “Completely and entirely false,” the lawyer said of the claims. He also expanded a bit (not that he really needed to, but the emphasis certainly serves his point), saying that his client “denies, in the strongest terms, all of these false and defamatory statements.” Page Six’s sources also made it clear that West has never heard of Carrigan, either.
Carrigan took to TikTok to apologize to both Kanye West and Kim Kardashian but didn’t explicitly admit to any kind of lying or dishonesty. He basically attributed his inspiration for posting the original video to the fact that he doesn’t like or agree with West.
Stanulis and Kanye West parted ways back in 2016, and the two haven’t exactly been private about their numerous differences. The bodyguard-turned-filmmaker has called West “a bully” and at one point even promised to take legal action against him. That alone puts the veracity of Carrigan’s claims into serious question.
It’s worth noting that the TikToker on blast for making this claim is a public figure. Unless you’ve got hundreds of thousands of followers we don’t know about, it’s unlikely that your last expletive-filled diatribe about Kanye West’s political leanings, behavior, or private life will gain traction online. Not that I’m encouraging bashing anyone, but I think you get what I mean.
Earlier this month, TikTok star Ava Louise claimed that West and famous YouTuber Jeffree Star slept together in 2011. This sent the situation spiraling out of control and fueled rumors that Star was somehow, in some capacity, involved in Kanye West’s reported divorce. Louise provided no real evidence and simply referred to her source as “a big lawyer in LA.” Not a ton to go off of there, but it certainly sent the interwebs into a frenzy. No doubt we’ll hear more about this in the near future. Those are some impactful claims and will likely have other repercussions that haven’t manifested just yet.
What do you think? Do you believe Cole Carrigan and Ava Louise or do you think this is just yet another needless drama stirred up by social media? Let us know your thoughts and remember to keep your eyes on our newsfeed for more updates!