A German Instagram couple who were recently slammed by netizens for asking €10,000 from their followers have decided to take a break from social media for a little while.
Catalin Onc and his wife Elena Engelhardt, upload photos on their Instagram handle, Another Beautiful Day, recently created a GoFundMe page to raise money for their tandem bike ride from Germany to Africa. They appealed to their followers and asked for €10,000 for the same.
The married couple has traveled extensively across Italy, Indonesia, France and Australia.
They said Catalin’s mother was working two jobs in order to help the couple live their globetrotting lifestyle but she could not afford to bear this expense anymore.
This appeal sparked a fury all over the online platform. On Wednesday, the couple finally broke their silence by sharing a photograph of Catalin’s ‘look within’ facial tattoo, announcing their 41,000 fans that they will be taking a break for a while.
Catalin said, ‘And with this post, I will step away from social media for a little while.’
‘I mentioned that I’ll be doing the hardest thing I’ve ever done mentally and physically soon.’
That ‘thing’ was a walk, which would involve moving for as long as possible without any sleep, social media or distractions.
He said, ‘This first came to my mind in the Himalayan mountains, where I got to experience what my mind, body and soul are capable of. Now I’m going to take it even further.’
‘I am ready to face whatever is buried deep inside me. Time to do some soul work.’
Unsurprisingly, the post was not well received many of whom slammed the couple with scathing comments.
One person wrote, ‘Try walking to a job interview,’ while another added: ‘Hope you make it to Africa so that you can really see who needs a GoFundMe page.’
A third chimed in: ‘Look within your mother’s purse more like. Don’t beg people to fund your trashy vain lifestyle. I bet you won’t last more than an hour on your walk, but hopefully it’ll be long enough for you to wake up.’
Another comment read, ‘Maybe when you “look within” you might see what the rest of us see, that this superficial lifestyle of yours helps no one and you are contributing nothing.’
‘Stop taking money from your mother and strangers who work hard and wake up.
The pair have lost 3,000 followers as a result of their financial request.
‘Your mum works two jobs to pay for your trip, don’t you think that’s impacting her mental health? It’s sad this isn’t all a joke, the self-importance you have is ridiculous,’ one person wrote.
‘Or, like, you know, get a job and pay for your little cycling trip yourself?’ Another said.
In retaliation, the couple wrote, ‘Some will just tell us to get jobs, like everyone else and stop begging. But when you have the impact we do on others’ life, getting a job is not an option.’
‘We could model and make fast money, but we don’t want to advertise consumerism. A normal job at this point would be detrimental.’
Having raised just €312 towards the African bike trip, the pair mentioned how ‘grateful’ they are to Catalin’s mother.
He said, ‘At this very moment, my mother is funding us, she works two jobs and has not much herself. We didn’t ask her for money but she loves that she is able to help.’
‘Mum, I want you to know, that it is not only us but hundreds of others that benefit from your help.’
‘Every dollar, every message, every couch or garden for our tent, any help you can offer will help us go further. We hope you all enjoy and learn with us.’
The couple claims that their expedition would raise awareness against mental illness but their followers question how.
One man asked, ‘I like you both a lot and have been following your posts for a while now but I just don’t really get how this helps people with mental health issues like myself?’
‘This just seems like an adventure and a fun trip for you both and it has no significant reason to help anyone else in any way.’
Source – Daily Mail