Jenelle Evans’ followers wondered about her returning to MTV in some way ever since she filed for divorce from David Eason. Even Farrah Abraham wondered if that explained her leaving him. Expecting news at some stage about a return to Teen Mom 2, or even a different show, fans keep a look out for it. Now, angry fans tell her off after a new show announcement turned out to be clickbait, they believe.
Jenelle Evans infuriates followers after posting about her new show
TV Shows Ace reported back in early November, that Farrah Abraham hoped Jenelle didn’t leave David for the wrong reasons. Like many fans, she heard rumors that she might get her own show, or return to MTV’s Teen Mom 2. So, naturally, followers took an interest in a post by Jenelle about a new show.
Taking to her Instagram on Tuesday night, Jenelle shared a photo of herself. She captioned it with, “My new show 😘 #LinkInBio.” Well, clicking the link in her bio, takes followers to an article by InTouch Weekly. Their story is not a clickbait. In fact, it’s all about NBC’s new series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. And, it’s got nothing at all about Jenelle Evans. The way Jenelle captioned her post made fans think she clearly click baited them.
Angry fans complain about Jenelle’s Instagram post
It didn’t take long for angry followers to vent about what they perceive as clickbait. One follower wrote, “total click bate. I’m guessing she’s spinning it like it’s her favorite new show? Not actually a show she’s on.” Another noted, “3 months ago “I’ll never do click bait again” lol okaaaayyyy 🙄.” Then, others chimed in on the conversation. A few people defended Jenelle and one wrote, “She said her new show y’all taking it outta context!! Yes it’s click bait but she didn’t specify she was in it. she legit said my new show which can also mean it’s her new@fav.”
Well, other followers felt no matter how anyone interpreted her motives, the post definitely fitted with the description of clickbait. One person explained, “It’s click bait. You know, when you get tricked into clicking the link? You seriously can’t see that? It’s so obviously misleading everyone.”
Others noted that Jenelle Evans knows exactly what clickbait is. So, they took it as deliberate. Some followers also seem unsure of what clickbait actually is. One thought it just meant they got paid for advertising an article.
What is clickbait?
Clickbait actually does not mean that someone earns from an article click. In fact, many outlets rely on the sharing of articles for hits on their stories. It happens every day across social media. That, in itself, is not unethical. Clickbait actually means the contents of the article don’t match the title and subtitle. In other words, the reader gets tricked into reading something but the contents don’t deliver that. In this instance, Jenelle Evans could have shared it and not been accused of clickbait.
If Jenelle shared the link with a different caption, it would be okay. For example, if she captioned it with, “This is my new favorite show” then that would tell her followers exactly what she meant. Instead, it misled them into thinking she has her own show now. TechCrunch noted, “clickbait is also one of the easiest ways for a publisher to lose their audience’s trust over time.” So, maybe the outlet who wrote the article might not appreciate the way she markets them.
What do you think about the post that Jenelle shared on a “new show?” Did you think she unintentionally captioned it as clickbait? Or, do you think she clearly knew it was a misleading caption? Sound off your thoughts in the comments below.
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