Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Twitter Fake

At the encouragement of a fellow blogger, I finally decided to do a post about this to try and remedy what I find to be a disgusting and off-putting situation. As some of you may or may not know, the twitter account @JegFreja is a FAKE. There was another account before (frejabe) that was fake but people managed to get it shut down. However, this new one has popped up in it's place and I find it extremely troubling that some people have the gall and audacity to impersonate other people. How messed up in the head do you have to be??

Maybe there is someone out there reading this who can do something about it? Maybe someone connected to Freja in some way? Agents? Family? Someone? Wishful thinking I know, but I wanted to make a post about this just on the slim, off chance that there really is someone reading this who has the authority to take action:

That link is the best solution, and if you're just a fan you can report the account as spam and/or unfollow it. You might be asking yourself why I care so much. Well, I care because the quality and content of the tweets are degrading a public persona that Freja has worked hard to establish over the years. At this point in her career, she's a brand image and something like this could damage that brand. Marketing (be it positive or negative) can be a very powerful thing. Some might say it doesn't matter, or that it's harmless; but in today's world everything matters and everything has an effect, whether it's immediately apparent or not.

If you know anything about the type of person Freja is and how she approaches her career and her private life, you'd know that she would never take to twitter to espouse the banalities of her day. Martha Streck has already confirmed through her real twitter that Freja doesn't have an account. I know other people have been able to confirm this as well. So if you're one of them, please feel free to leave a comment.

This has got to stop. I don't have the power to stop it, but hopefully someone out there does. So please spread the news. Thank you!


Gill Ford said...

Blog posts ought to have "Like" buttons!

I'm glad you've got an eye on this and are consistently drawing attention to it. It's a shame that people are willing to take advantage of naivity and gullibility in this way... It really can be harmful to those impersonated, as well as the people affiliated with them.

It is my understanding that some people do this sort of thing with the intention of raising popularity for the person they are impersonating, as well as instances where they are trying to sabotage a person's image or career. Regardless of how honourable your intentions are, it's important to realize the gravity of what is, essentially, identity theft: chances are that you will do more harm than good.

Rrose Sélavy said...

^Thanks Gill. :)

And I had no idea that some people actually think it helps the person they're impersonating. That's some pretty F-ed up reasoning. What is the world coming to if identity theft and lying aren't seen as bad things? O_o

Gill Ford said...

I guess it's sort of along the lines of the "there's no such thing as bad press" philosophy, in a way? I'm not very familiar with the type of tweets this JegFreja person makes, but the sheer number of times in which this Twitter account is brought up shows how much attention it is getting.

Freja is one of the most private top models in the business, and it seems that that just makes people want to know more about her. Having a Twitter account allows people to have an inside look at her life, and lets them feel closer to her on a more emotional level, I suppose. If you look at it that way, it seems possible that someone might think they were helping to increase her fanbase by giving them little tidbits about her personal life.

But at the same time, the mystery surrounding Freja is one of the prime factors in her popularity... I think I'm right in guessing it was one of the things that inspired you to write this blog in the first place, as it is one of the things you list in your blog description. Allowing people constant access to Freja-land beyond the velvet curtain might well end in fan disillusionment, and thus a decrease in her appeal: we have a tendency to imagine that people are waaaay more awesome than they actually are, and finding out that we have idealized someone is inevitably a disappointing experience.

I don't know, maybe the whole thing started out with good intentions and the 'fame' went to JegFreja's head or something? I'm an ill-informed optimist here though, as I'm not familiar with the sorts of things they are saying... but regardless of whether the intentions were good, it is still a decision that I would never be able to justify myself, even if I can devise a way of tracing out some kind of convoluted reasoning behind it.

Natalia said...

I have to I THOUGHT it was Freja herself (hard to believe since she's a private person but not-that-hard to believe when we're living surrounded by celebs/famous people on Twitter) for several months. Then, I got a tweet by a girl who assured me IT WASN'T FREJA herself. I asked our "fake Freja" if she could post a twitpic or any kind of proof, and sent me a pm saying that she felt insulted (I still have those messages) and she didn't have to prove anything to anyone. She also mentioned that she had requested a verified account. After this, I didn't know what to believe until I got to talk (tweet, actually) to Fred from Danish magazine Euroman who KNOWS Freja and assured me she doesn't have a Twitter. In fact, she knows about this faker and doesn't care that much. He told me she "didn't give a f-word" (QUOTING). So, at least we know she knows!!! Thanks for writing about this!!!

Natalia said...

I have to SAY* sorry! Missed a word!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this! From my understanding and if I'm thinking of the right twitter, those who run JegFreja have also created facebooks impersonating Freja and her friends and have taken personal pics from their private facebooks. Completely delusional and disgusting.

Patty said...

people should be out of that count, of course Freja doesn't care, she's very simple and doesn't like those kind of things! she will never ever say that she feels offended by those coments, she will be jocking about that!

Natalia said...

Patty- ABSOLUTELY!!! That's what I thought! Many celebs get tweets like "is this really you?". There's no reason to be feel insulted when someone asks you that! It makes no sense!!!

Anonymous said...

I know this has nothing to do with this, but Freja has a new editorial in Vogue Paris by Inez and Vinoodh :)

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh i am addicted to your blog, Freja is so beautiful and perfect. thank you for your blog, it's brilliant xxx

balletomane3 said...

This is one reason that i pay no attention the Twitter. The other reason that Twitter does not provide anything of substance to interest me. If someone wants to write something for the world to see, they should have a respectable blog.

Thank you soooooooooo much for making this blog. I am a huge fan a Freja, even though I just learned of her a year ago when I visited the Valentino website. Your blog comes up as the first hit for Freja Google searches.

Rrose Sélavy said...

^Thanks for stopping by. You have an intriguing blog as well....the Amelia video you posted is amazing!

balletomane3 said...

Yes. I am an odd mixture of a man. Science, computer languages, French language and food, ballet, fashion, exercise, travel, etc. It makes it hard for me to find friends at work because they all try to portray the standard engineer type, talking about IPads, IPhones and video games all day long. I find it quite amusing that I take ballet classes less that 1/2 mile up the main road from the building that I work in, yet, no one from work knows anything about it. My best kept secret.

Anyways, I was at the Alexander McQueen website the other day and I noticed that Freja was at the head of the pack on the WOMEN'S AUTUMN/WINTER 11 video. That pleased me. MY favorite fashion shows actually are the Alexander McQueen 2009 Horn of Plenty and the 2010 Plato's Atlantis.

I hope that Freja never does Sports Illustrated Swimsuit or Victoria's Secret. I like her being elite.

I will be reading way back into your blog for Freja images and your writings.