A social media influencer defended herself Wednesday after she was criticized for sharing pictures of herself in front of her father’s open coffin.
In the photos, 20-year-old Jane Rivera wore a matching black one-sleeve blazer dress as she stood next to her father’s coffin, which was decorated with an American flag. She stood with her hands in prayer in one picture.
Rivera, of Florida, told NBC News in an interview that she “understood the negative reception,” but clarified that the photos were taken “with the best intentions the way my father would have approved had he been alive.”
“Everyone deals with the loss of a loved one in their own way; some are more traditional while others may be considered taboo,” the content creator said in a statement on Wednesday. “For me, I treated the ceremony as if my father was right by my side, standing in front of the camera as he had done on many occasions before.”
Rivera said she posted the photos to Instagram on the same day they were taken, on Sunday, more than a week after her father’s death on October 11.
“Butterfly flies away. Rip Babi was my best friend. Rivera confirmed that she wrote in the post.
The photos caused quick reactions on social media.
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Rivera defended her decision to publish the photos, saying: “There is nothing wrong with what I posted, and I stick to that.”
While many denounced her decision to post the photos on social media, some pointed out that the protest was as insensitive as the post itself.
“Not what I was doing, though grief is a strange thing,” Sun Twitter user books. “Putting this girl in a blast on the day of her father’s funeral is probably something she would have chosen not to do.”
As a “full-time influencer,” Rivera explained that her father was regularly appearing on her Instagram stories and she felt it was fitting for her followers to learn of his passing.
“I worked hard for eight long years to build my republic,” she said. “People from the outside judge a book by its cover without stopping to understand the intent or implied meanings of the book.”
She also claimed that Instagram disabled her account “without giving reasons”, adding that she reached out to the photo-sharing app for clarification because she said “no community guidelines have been broken when posting photos”.
Instagram did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
Her Instagram account wasn’t available until Wednesday afternoon, but her TikTok account, which has amassed over 300,000 followers, is still active.
“People will disagree, either way, and I’m used to it,” she said. “I’m Rivera, and I know my dad is proud of me and how it went.” “He will not be forgotten.”
Her father, Jose Antonio Rivera, died on October 11 – two days after his 56th birthday.