A popular special effects makeup artist days that she's received dozens of death threats after her video posted to Facebook caused a massive backlash.
The video, which is clearly makeup and special effects, depicts what most people were calling a ‘grisly stabbed hand’ but also triggers a large portion of society due to Trypophobia.
The artist, Bridgette Trevino posted the video of a hand covered in what many users said appeared to be deep circular wounds dripping blood on Facebook.
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Trypophobia is a proposed phobia that includes the intense, irrational fear, or anxiety of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps.
Facebook was flooded with thousands of reports and/or complaints about the video posted with users claiming it caused both panic attacks and nausea.
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Apparently, those people had believed the video was depicting real wounds, but it's simply art, in the form of makeup that the artist does for a living.
The video was shared over 60,000 times on Facebook before the company was finally sparked to issue a warning on the video that “this video may contain scenes of graphic violence or gore” as a spoiler to the artist due to the flooding of complaints.
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The 24-year-old woman also claims her inbox began to fill up with both death threats and hate filled messages soon after.
However, the complaints have failed to put off the SFX artist, who claims she has been even more inspired because people think her work looks so realistic and high quality.
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Bridgette released a statement about the incident which said the following:
<blockquote>"I've had a lot of reactions, some good and some bad.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>"People have gone as far as reporting my work and have sent me messages of concern to check I hadn't seriously hurt myself.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>"I've even had threats to try to make me take down the video and pictures. I understand that trypanophobia is a real thing, although only a small population actually has this.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>“A lot of people have claimed to have had panic attacks because of my work. I sympathize but it also only encourages me more. If it's not scary or doesn't get that response I'm not doing my job properly."</blockquote>
<blockquote>"My mother is my main inspiration. She really inspired me to be creative.”</blockquote>
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So far Facebook has declined to issue a statement on the matter.
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