The critics sat down. Ironically, the German Depression League had complained about a post by Cathy Hummels. She now she reacted.
Influencer Cathy Hummels has deleted a post about a yoga and wellness trip from her Instagram account after clear criticism. The moderator herself suffered from depression. She had advertised the event she organized, which was also attended by other influencers, with the fact that it was good for mental health.
She has been heavily criticized for this. The German Depression League issued a press release entitled “Depression is not a marketing tool”. “It becomes difficult when some social media accounts and blogger appearances give the impression that depression is only a short-lived phenomenon and can be magically removed, for example, with the sun’s rays,” she said. “It gets very complicated when it’s ostensibly used as an advertising medium to market (one’s) products.”
The 34-year-old responded to the criticism on Instagram. She suffered from depression herself and wanted to prove that it could happen to anyone, including her own celebrities. “In retrospect, I realize I wasn’t always able to communicate,” she wrote. “Rather, some of the portrayals were unfortunate and misleadingly worded. If people, especially those with depression or other mental illnesses, didn’t feel they were taken seriously or they felt hurt, I’m sorry and I apologize for that.”
More than just a shitstorm: The post was also deleted due to drastic criticism
He wanted to keep drawing attention to the disease, but “do it better in the future.” “It was in no way my intention to downplay the depression,” she said. “Nor does it give the impression that I would use the disease for advertising purposes. It is a serious disease that needs to be treated properly.”
He also deleted the corresponding post due to the harsh criticism, he wrote: “Unfortunately, some comments that have been written in response to my post have been more than ‘just’ a shit storm. I can stand and accept the criticism and try to learn from them. But insults or even hatred have no place with me.”