Influencer Jayne Rivera who was raked over the coals for posting sexy pictures of herself at her father’s funeral has defended her actions, insisting she did “nothing wrong”
The 20-year-old social media star, who attracted backlash for posing up a storm in front of her father’s open casket, has spoken out for the first time after deleting her Instagram account after the incident.
‘DAD WOULD APPROVE’
In the pictures that went viral last week, Jayne Rivera is seen wearing a little black dress whilst striking several poses in front of an open casket during the funeral service.
The Florida resident – who gained a large following on social media over her fashion, beauty and travel posts – then posted the images to her Instagram account.
She captioned the images: “‘Butterfly fly away. RIP Papi you were my best friend. A life well lived”.
Speaking to NBC News this week, the fitness model defended her actions.
She said: “I have worked extremely hard for eight long years building my audience. People from the outside judge a book by its cover without stopping to understand the intentions or underlying meanings of the book. There is nothing wrong with what I posted, and I stand by that.”
The brunette – who also boasts an OnlyFans account – also claims that her dad would have “approved” her actions – which she claims had the “best intentions”.
“Everyone handles the loss of a loved one in their own ways; some are more traditional while others might come across as taboo.
“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.”
Jayne also revealed that Instagram banned her account after the backlash for “no reason given”. She also claimed she has asked for clarity on the matter.
PIERS MORGAN SLAMS INFLUENCER’S FUNERAL FAUX PAS
He wrote: “There’s something so utterly and repellently distasteful about a young woman exploiting her father’s dead body for ‘likes’ as he literally lies dead behind her.
“What ‘underlying meaning’ could there possibly be to such awful, shockingly inappropriate and offensive imagery?
Piers also slammed her attempt to defend her actions.
He continued: “Jayne Rivera is so deeply embedded into the self-obsessed, often absurdly fake world of social media that she can’t see the humane wood for the inhumane trees.
“I don’t hate her for what she did, I pity her. To crave the validation of tens of thousands of complete strangers so badly that you don’t care how woefully disrespectful you are towards your own father as he literally lies dead behind you is a stunning breakdown of values.
“Who the f*ck uses their father’s corpse for ‘likes’? Someone who needs an urgent lesson in civility”