Influencer Criticized for Turning Father's Funeral into Photoshoot

Influencer Criticized for Turning Father's Funeral into Photoshoot

UPDATE 10/28: Jayne Rivera responded to the criticism by telling NBC News that she had the "best intentions" and insisted her in "father would have approved" of her decision. Acknowledging the "negative reception," Rivera also defended herself by saying, "Everyone handles the loss of a loved one in their own ways," before adding "some are more traditional while others might come across as taboo." She added, "For me, I treated the celebration as if my father was right next to me, posing for the camera as he had done on many occasions prior."

A Miami-based influencer is under fire for turning her father's open casket funeral into a photoshoot.

According to screenshots of her Instagram post, Jayne Rivera posed for a number of photos during the funeral. In the images, Rivera can be seen smizing and placing her hands in a prayer position in front of her veteran father's casket. His hands and an American flag were also visible from an angle.

"Butterfly fly away. Rip Papi you were my bestfriend. A life well lived," she captioned the post before including a series of hashtags including #ptsd, #veteran and #funeral.

In response to the pictures, Rivera's 84,000+ followers flooded the comments to condemn her "disrespectful" actions, with many saying they'd decided to unfollow her over the "disgusting" photo opp.

"Jesus Christ have some respect. Unfollowed," as one person wrote, per the Independent. A second added, "This is a hard unfollow. God rest that man's soul."

"Not cool Jayne, ur dad was a decorated vet, a photoshoot by his casket should be beneath you. May he rest in eternal peace," a third follower said. Meanwhile, others were more blunt, including a critic who wrote, "The social media generation has officially hit rock bottom."

"Shit is just vile," as another person said, according to the New Zealand Herald. "And down right disgusting,"

Rivera has since deleted her Instagram account. Her TikTok, however, remains active with the comments turned off.

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