Instagram Model Twins Slammed For Staged Video Of Them Feeding Homeless Man
Russian Instagram model twins have been criticised after staging a video in which they feed a homeless man sushi.
Adelya and Alina Fatkheev created the video for a competition called 'We Care' organised by an association called the 'Youth of Tatarstan', with prizes such as an iPhone XR, a PlayStation 4 and an Apple Watch Series 4 up for grabs.
In the video, the 24-year-olds can be seen walking down the street in matching designer clothing when they spot a homeless man slumped in a wheelchair.
The pair then turn to each other and both, quite creepily, say: "Poor thing, he probably hasn't eaten for a long time."
Evidently desperate for the man not to go hungry, they then order him some grub on their phone and a delivery man turns up impossibly quickly with a tray of sushi and a set of chopsticks. Presumably confident the homeless man can't operate chopsticks, they then feed him the pieces before shooting disgustingly self-satisfied smiles at each other.
While the video is clearly staged, the homeless man is actually homeless, according to local media. The man has reportedly been sleeping rough for 28 years and has needed a wheelchair since 2013 after suffering severe frostbite.
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Adelya shared the video on Instagram, along with a caption encouraging her followers to help homeless people - even if homeless cats are 'nicer'.
She said: "Every day we see people in the street who need help. After all, are we all within our power to pay attention to them? Do not pass by... Yes, homeless cats may be nicer, but people also need our help, support. And we care!"
So next time you're thinking of ordering a homeless cat some pad thai, remember - homeless people need food too.
Unsurprisingly, the response to the video wasn't as kindhearted as the twins seem to think they are.
One person said: "These twins are so divorced from real life that they do not even understand how the poor can be helped."
Another said: "These hens don't give a damn about this homeless man, they wanted to get an iPhone, not help a person."
A third added: "So much hypocrisy in these forty two seconds."
Considering the apparent wealth of the twins, you'd have to think the whole point of it was to gain a bit of publicity, rather than win an iPhone. If so, then it's mission accomplished really, because a class of schoolchildren won the competition - but nobody's writing articles about them.
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