Piper Rockelle, 14, has been the center of controversy since her social media blew up. While millions of fans follow the young model, supporting her Instagram page and YouTube channel, others have been vocal about how inappropriate it is for a young girl to be posing in bikini pictures.
One stark opponent of Piper Rockelle’s methods of garnering fame is Pink, who believes the YouTuber is posting photos that are too sexy and too revealing for someone so young. The singer is convinced that the 14-year-old Instagram influencer is being exploited by her parents, along with many other teenagers on social media.
Pink took to Twitter to express her opinion, writing: “How many kids like Piper Rockelle are being exploited by their parents? And at what point do the rest of us say … ‘this isn’t okay for a 13 yr old to be posing in a bikini whilst her MOTHER takes the photo?!?!’”
Piper Rockelle responded to the tweet in a statement to TMZ. She threw shade at the rock singer and claimed that she is in the driver’s seat, not her mom.
“The first thing I want everyone to know is that my mom doesn’t make me do anything,” the YouTuber explained. “Quite the opposite, I’m a kid who had a dream and my mom is amazing enough to help me live it out.”
Piper continued, pointing out that “I don’t think P!nk has ever seen one of my YouTube videos because if she did she’d see it’s just my friends and me having fun and acting like ourselves. The content we make is the kind of stuff anyone can watch.”
Pink specifically had a problem with one of Piper’s recent Instagram pictures, in which the teenager posed in a revealing two-piece bikini. The rock singer was adamant that the post was oversexualizing the young influencer and that the exploitation had gone too far.
Piper Rockelle told TMZ that she wore the bikini because it’s summer and said that she did not see it as a sexual picture but rather an innocent shot of a 14-year-old in a two-piece. Piper also pointed out that Pink started following her dream of becoming a rock star at the same age Piper is now. The Instagram influencer questioned why Pink has such a problem when the singer did the same thing.
“I know there are kids who are being taken advantage of and that’s a real problem,” Piper said. “But I’m not one of them.”
The debate didn’t stop with Piper Rockelle, however. Beneath Pink’s Twitter post, 14-year-old social media star Gavin Magnus wrote that “[Piper is] my ex and my good friend” adding that Pink is “trippin.” He added, “at least get her age right.”
Several people replied to Gavin’s tweet. One, in particular, pointed out that Gavin’s “parents are doing the same thing to [him].” The user wrote that “[Gavin doesn’t] even see how dangerous this world is for [him]. Hopefully protections will be put in place.”
The debate continued, with Gavin likening his experience on social media to being a cheerleader. “Yuh just like the parents letting their 9th graders be cheerleaders? Same difference and know who I am [as] an artist. I am where I’m at because my mom believed in my dream. Bye.”
Another Twitter user jumped in, asking Gavin how “being a cheerleader” is “comparable to letting your underage kid” be “naked in a bath and drinking alcohol in their music video?” The user linked Gavin Magnus’ latest music video Ice, claiming that “this video is disturbing, I reported it.”
Social media has become a dangerous place for young teens trying to garner fame. The problem has become so widespread that Instagram has decided to ban members who have not confirmed their birthday. It’s the company’s attempt to protect minors, preventing certain accounts from viewing or posting inappropriate content.
The social media platform will eventually employ age-detecting AI to find those lying about their age. The platform has “been clear that we want to do more to create, safer, more private experiences for young people,” Instagram wrote in a blog post.