Media personality Kobi Kihara says she is “sorry” to those who misunderstood the concept behind her “borrowed” photos and, as a result, were offended by her perceived plagiarism.
Her apology comes in the wake of a Twitter wave, which has seen thousands of online users attack her for “portraying a fake lifestyle”.
- “I’m sorry to everyone who I misled, forgive me. I should have thought twice, perhaps, and I guess it got away from me. And to my friends in the DM and on WhatsApp thanks for the lovely messages, I’m ok…really. To the trolls and bullies…it’s ok! I can handle being an online punching bag, go for it #KobiKiharaChallenge #KobiWithAnEye,” she posted on Instagram Friday, August 24.
Attaching a screenshot of her October, 2017 Instagram post, Kobi said she has always posted “borrowed” pictures to her timeline, only that she hadn’t thought it would “backfire” on her.
“I am a photographer and a creative. So, it is easy to pull off, plus most photos are borrowed. I see it as my online gallery. Most of us have been met with an obsession for approval and validation, while lacking transparency and authenticity… Don’t believe the hype, don’t get sucked in. Most of my real life doesn’t make it onto social media, and those who really know me, know that…,” she says in the October, 2017 post.
Kobi Kihara has since pulled down a significant number of lifted pictures from her Instagram page.
The media personality on Friday morning found herself on the receiving end for portraying what online users termed as a “fake” lifestyle.
Ms Kihara, who has always awed her followers with classy and sophisticated fashion statements, was a laughing stock on Twitter and Instagram after it emerged that she had been lifting pictures from the online portals of high-end firms and prominent people, and posting them as her own.
She went ahead to caption the products in the pictures as hers.
Cheeky and curious online users went ahead to verify originality of those photos using technology, and they found out that she had been lifting those breathtaking pictures from the internet.
Recently, the former television presenter was caught in a lie when she posted an enticing photo of a rosemary chicken, bacon and avocado salad, with the caption: “I make a bad ass salad”.
When a fan asked how she managed to make the sweet-looking meal, Kobi Kihara went ahead to give out the full recipe.
However, Twitter users discovered that the same photo had been posted to a food website.
Because of that one photo, online users discovered many more that Kobi had been lifting, consequently christening her the moniker ‘Copy Kihara’, a clever play on her name Kobi Kihara.
A certain statement by Ms Kihara got Kenyans on social media breaking their bones with laughter. She said, of an attire picture: “The dressing is pear vinaigrette, it’s so good! I found it in my mom’s fridge.”
A Twitter user, whose handle is @SirAlexas, had taken it upon himself to uncover more of Kobi Kihara’s ‘fake photos’.
As a result of the massive ridicule on Kobi, Kenyans online said they had learnt a hard lesson on why it is important to be “real”.
Joseph Malcom, whose Twitter handle is @JosephMalcom8, said: “Instagram is not for the Kenyan Youth. That is a depression factory. People are showcasing things they don’t have and you’re there envying them. Just do Twitter. Nobody cares about the flashy life just the voice you have to share to the World. Kobi Kihara is a lesson.”
This begs the question: Are celebrities under a certain pressure to impress their followers?
Not too long ago, popular comedian David the student was accused of conning Kenyans while he was in America.
The comedian took to Facebook to admit to these allegations saying that the allegations were true and that he “takes full responsibility and is ashamed of his behavior.”
“It is true I borrowed money but I have never told anyone my dad has cancer! I apologize to everyone I borrowed and those who lent me money and I’ve not refunded. I take full responsibility and I am ashamed. There’s so much pressure being on TV to live a certain life but in real sense it’s crazy. Comedy in Kenya doesn’t pay,” David the student said.