Beauty YouTuber Jaclyn Hill has taken to Instagram to respond to a whirlwind of internet-fueled accusations that she is holding her recently adopted cat “hostage”.
The most recent post, which was shared to Hill’s Instagram on January 23, shows Hill proving the cat she named Marty didn’t have an ID microchip – despite followers’ accusations that he’s was about another Instagram user’s missing chat.
“A lot of people on the internet said horrible things,” Hill captioned the clip. “Pretending that I am holding this cat hostage, I refuse to return it to its owner, etc. I would NEVER do such a thing.
It all started in a January 13 Instagram Story, when Hill allegedly shared with her 8 million followers that she had adopted a kitten. The story has since expired, but screenshots were shared in the r/BeautyGuruChatter subreddit which showed Hill answering some questions she had about the chat – mainly, why she couldn’t leave the chat. enter his house.
“I’m incredibly allergic to cats,” Hill replied. “The dogs will literally kill her…I don’t want her scratching my furniture.”
The Reddit user who shared the screenshots explained in a comment that Hill said she took the cat and “it wasn’t chipped.” According to another user’s comment, it was unclear whether Hill had officially adopted the cat from a shelter or found a stray.
“She didn’t say anything else about finding the owner, but said things like ‘I can’t believe I have a cat! “,” added the user. “Looks like she decided to keep it.”
“I thought she said she was going to check if it was chipped,” added another commenter, “but didn’t actually confirm if it was chipped or not.”
A week later, on January 20, Hill was still posting on the chat. Multiple posts in multiple subreddits shared a screenshot of an Instagram comment from an unverified account called @homer_and_savannah that told Hill to “check your dm, you found my cat.” The Instagram account is private.
Social media users immediately concluded that Hill had not checked the cat for a microchip and had indeed unwittingly taken someone’s pet. Several comments in Hill’s recent Instagram posts that didn’t feature Marty begged Hill to remedy the situation.
“Apparently someone tried to contact you about the chat,” said a comment with 79 likes on Hill’s Jan. 19 post. “They are the rightful owner and have sent you proof. Please review this. You’d feel pretty bad if someone had one of your dogs, I’m sure.
On January 23, Hill decided to address the rumors in her Instagram Story. Screenshots of the story, which has since expired, were shared on Twitter by the gossip YouTuber @richlux713.
“I’ve dealt with hundreds if not thousands of people who messaged me saying I ‘stole’ someone’s cat,” Hill wrote. “Someone on the internet claimed it was her cat. She said she lost the cat 4 months ago and had a microchip. Jordan and I already knew she was not not chipped.
The person Hill is referring to was not specified as @homer_and_savannah.
“We took [Marty] to a vet and taped it to show the internet evidence so people could possibly leave me alone,” she concluded.
The video, which shows a woman wearing a Veterinary Emergency Group sweatshirt scanning to see if she can locate a microchip in the cat, has been viewed more than 58,000 times.
For the most part, the response in the r/BeautyGuruChatter subreddit was that this was probably an honest mistake on the part of @homer_and_savannah.
“It’s always a shot in the dark when it comes to sable-colored tabby cats,” wrote one Redditor. “They are all so similar and people can easily get confused. …Sometimes you just really want your pet to be lost.
For now, it looks like Hill has moved on since proving her innocence on Instagram. On January 24, she posted updates of her cat lying on her furniture.
“She loves her naps on the catering hardware furniture,” Hill wrote. “[And] love their purified alkaline water and wild Alaskan salmon.”
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