In an age where social media influencers seem to fade in and out of popularity like style trends, Trisha Paytas has managed to stay in the public eye for over a decade, with her popularity growing throughout 2020 as she joined TikTok. The ultra-controversial influencer has wronged and offended so many, so why can’t we stop watching her?
In October 2019, Trisha posted a YouTube video titled “I AM TRANSGENDER (FEMALE TO MALE),” stating that she had come out as a transgender man because of her attraction to gay men. This announcement was met with backlash from the transgender community, and rightfully so.
She has also posted multiple videos in brown and blackface, with the most recent one being in December 2020, which she announced her engagement to her Israeli boyfriend of less than a year, Moses Hacmon, while in Princess Jasmine cosplay which included full brown face.
Paytas remains in the limelight
Despite these major faux pas, Trisha still gets clicks, hits, endorsements, and makes a pretty penny off being a social media star. Why? We love to hate her. We love to see her eat a whole pizza while crying and we love to see her messy feuds with more current stars like Charli and Dixie D’Amelio. We love to see this thirty-two year old woman be messy.
The controversy and drama that she purposefully stirs up is in a word, entertaining. Her main Instagram account was even suspended, but that didn’t stop her. She’s still posting extravagant purchases and videos about what she eats in a day.
Trolling through politics?
Another noteworthy Trisha Paytas controversy occurred in 2016 when she announced she would be voting for Donald Trump. This was met with backlash, and earlier in 2020 when she started to gain following again on TikTok, she did apologize, admitting that she did not vote in the 2016 election and later on announcing that she would be voting for now president-elect Joe Biden.
Although she has tried to right her wrongs, the legacy still stings. She announced she would be voting for Donald Trump purely for attention, a move which has gotten many other celebrities swiftly canceled. But Trisha? No.
I mean, how could you resist this video of her performing “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors as all the parts? The girl’s entertaining, and she knows exactly what she’s doing to maintain an audience.
Trisha Paytas has effectively cemented herself in popular culture by carefully creating this controversial character that we can’t stop and won’t stop watching. She’s proven to stay in the spotlight for over a decade, and she’s not stopping now.
Samantha is a student at Boston University studying television writing and producing originally from Philadelphia, PA. She's passionate about comedy, reality TV, and Diet Coke.