A fitness trainer who shamed people on social media for 'binge watching Netflix' and 'living day by day' has been branded 'arrogant' and 'judgemental'.
Mackenzie Smith, 23, says that she teaches people how to live lives 'filled with happiness' by following her fitness regime, but it was her viral post that caught everyone's attention.
She said she is 'not the same' as other people her age, posting: "Most 23 year olds: - partying every weekend - eating fast food - binge watching Netflix - living day by day.
"Me: - starting my own business - optimising my health - learning new skills - developing a growth mindset - at the gym everyday.
"We are not the same."
But she soon faced an angry response when the post went viral.
Some Twitter users said they were inspired by Mackenzie's harsh words, but others suggested she was 'knocking others down to build herself up', especially as she put a link to her self-help book in the replies.
Mackenzie didn't back down, however, saying she was used to taking 'heat' for her posts.
Most 23 year olds:
- partying every weekend
- eating fast food
- binge watching Netflix
- living day by day
- starting my own business
- optimizing my health
- learning new skills
- developing a growth mindset
- at the gym everyday
We are not the same.
- Mackenzie Smith (@smithhmackenzie) March 28, 2021
The 23-year-old, from Phoenix, Arizona, US, said: "I've taken heat for my tweets before so this is nothing new to me.
"I specifically word tweets like this one to be polarising. It grabs people's attention and helps connect me with others who think the same way.
"Ultimately, I'm secure in what I'm doing because I know my intent.
"The only reason I'm posting content is to provide value, inspire, and help others. That's the end goal.
"People will always interpret content to fit their own perspective on the world.
"If they choose to be offended and lash out, so be it. That just means my content wasn't intended for them."
The tweet quickly went viral and racked up thousands of likes, retweets and comments.
Thousands responded with their own thoughts, most of which appearing to take offence at her choice of words.
One Twitter user said: "Knocking others down to build yourself up? Perhaps work a little on that growth mindset."
Another bluntly responded: "See you've also developed your mindset to being a cow."
A third person wrote: "Imagine being 23, the age when you're probably most free in terms of lack of responsibility combined with disposable income, and not enjoying yourself.
"It's not some great achievement to be grinding 24/7 at a time when it's totally acceptable to relax and enjoy yourself."
The responses to Mackenzie's tweet weren't all negative, of course.
One supporter Chris Ellis said: "Strong work!!! Too many people I've met (Including me) have said, 'If I could go back in time, I'd change 'this'. You're already doing 'this'. Always appreciate your posts/tweets!"
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