Bad news for Instagram star Claudia Oshry Soffer, who runs the popular @girlwithnojob social media account. On Wednesday, an offensive tweet she posted when she was 16 has surfaced and she came under scrutiny over her mother's ties to an anti-Islamic group.
The Oshry sisters (Claudia, Jackie, Olivia and Margo) are living the New York millennial dream, all running viral Instagram accounts and hiding their connection to Pamela Geller, according to The Daily Beast.
The site reported that Geller is the Insta-famous girls' mother as well as also an "anti-Islam activist, hate-monger, and diehard Trump supporter" who is president of the group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). The Southern Poverty Law Center has described her rhetoric as "hate speech." However, none of the sisters have denounced their mother's extremist views and, instead, have very carefully hidden their connection to Geller.
One example: Last Thanksgiving the sisters posted a photo to Instagram on the same balcony but left mom out of it. However, Geller posted her own photo on that same balcony (which has since been deleted) — indicating that the family spent time together during the holiday.
"Thankful for my freedom, the troops, my supporters and @milo.yiannopoulos for publishing my book, FATWA," the caption of Geller's deleted photo said.
After the Oshry sisters connections to Geller surfaced, so did anti-Muslim tweets sent by the girls themselves.
"Listening to Obama talk about ISIS is like listening to me talk about quantum physics," Claudia tweeted in 2015. Her sister Jackie retweeted it and added, "Listening to Obama talk about ISIS is like listening to me talk about boys. I too don't understand the enemy", according to BuzzFeed.
Since then, Claudia has taken to Instagram to apologize to her 2.8 million followers in a video.
"First and foremost, I just need to apologize," she said in the video reported by Newsweek. "Some news broke this morning about who my mom is and then some really disgusting, vile, stupid tweets of mine resurfaced. I need to come right out and say how sorry I am. It’s not cool, it’s not funny. I was a dumb kid. I was 16 and I thought I was being funny and cool on Twitter — and it’s not. I’m not racist. I can’t believe I even have to say that. I’m sorry to anyone who read those tweets and had a reaction and was upset, because you’re totally entitled to that reaction. It’s so important for you to know that’s not who I am. And if you give me the opportunity to show you who I am and what I stand for, I would be so grateful. I understand that these things take time and what I did was not OK. I’m so sorry.”
Despite the apology, fans are fighting in the responses to her video — some claiming that the rush to calling her racist is brash and others saying that the attacks are justified.
"I did a lot of STUPID shit when I was 16," @tatatatasja posted in a reply to the apology video, "but I can tell you one thing I absolutely did not do... make racist comments. Not online, not ever."
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