The two southern bloggers who have become the unintended stars of the viral & # 39; Christian Girl Autumn & # 39; meme both love autumn and happen to be Christian – but they insist that they are not that simple (or intolerant) ) as everyone thinks.
The fall-friendly update to the & # 39; Hot Girl Summer & # 39; meme was produced by a 19-year-old student named Giovanni, who shared a three-year-old photo of influencers Emily Gemma and Caitlin Covington with matching matching curls and oversized scarves on Twitter earlier this month.
The Long Island native, who asked to keep his last name private, told it BuzzFeed News he had no idea who the women were when he tweeted their photo along with the caption: & # 39; Hot Girl Summer is coming to an end, get ready for Christian Girl Autumn. & # 39;
Online fame: Emily Gemma (left) and Caitlin Covington (right) have inadvertently become the stars of the viral & # 39; Christian Girl Autumn & # 39; meme thanks to this photo from 2016
Starbucks fans: Emily (31) and Caitlin (29) are both Christian and love the fall, although they maintain that they are not as simple as people think
Giovanni said he came across the snapshot when he & # 39; cute church outfits & # 39; and & # 39; all scarf outfits & # 39; googled, admitting he had no idea that his post would go viral when she shared it on August 9.
Maker: the meme was started earlier this month by a 19-year-old student named Giovanni
In the snapshot the bloggers wear scarves around their necks, strategically torn skinny jeans, ankle boots and matching handbags.
The photo was taken by Caitlin's mother when they traveled to Highlands, North Carolina in 2016 to share their & # 39; autumn content & # 39; for the season.
Giovanni's tweet inspired countless memes, and people quickly made negative assumptions about the influencers based on their scarves and slippers, which are associated with white women who love everything Pumpkin Spice comes in September.
Some also made assumptions about girls' beliefs and called them & # 39; racist & # 39; and & # 39; homophobic & # 39 ;, entirely based on the one image that is shared on social media.
Surprise! Giovanni said he came across the snapshot when he & # 39; cute church outfits & # 39; and & # 39; all scarf outfits & # 39; googled, admitting he had no idea that his post would become viral
& # 39; Christian Girl Autumn are girls who judge others for their sins, but don't take the trouble to look at their own sins & # 39 ;, said a person on Giovanni's tweet with the bloggers.
& # 39; This photo just accidentally bumped into me and had the guts to give me the stinking eye as if I had to apologize, & # 39; another tweet.
Someone else wrote: & # 39; This photo asked to speak to my manager.
Others joked that Emily and Caitlin were anti-gay and racist based on their appearance in the image.
& # 39; This photo was drunk in a gay bar at 2:00 am and shouted homophobic blot on the bouncer, & # 39; a person replied.
Autumn fans: the meme finally found its way to Emily (photo) and Caitlin, who have been friends since living together in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2013
Misconceptions: the tweet inspired countless memes and people quickly made negative assumptions about influencers based on their vallook
& # 39; This photo just told me that his best friend is black, so he can't be racist & # 39 ;, another Twitter user wrote.
The meme eventually found its way to Emily and Caitlin, who have been friends since living together in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2013.
The two laughed at it and admitted that they fully understood why people mock the photo.
& # 39; We agreed a bit. It was cheesy, & # 39; Emily told BuzzFeed News, & # 39; while Caitlin added: & # 39; We look so basic in our overall scarves and hold our Pumpkin Spice Lattes. & # 39;
The women are both Christians, but they have made it a point to set the record straight when it comes to the misconceptions that they are intolerant.
In joke: the two have laughed at it, admitted that they fully understand why people mock the photo
Laugh off: Caitlin even tweeted some of her best photos in response to the meme
& # 39; Love is love & # 39 ;: women are both Christians, but they have made a point of setting the record straight when it comes to the misconceptions that they are intolerant
FYI: Caitlin has even revealed that she is not a republican, as many people thought
It's just that you know: Emily admitted that she doesn't even drink pumpkin herb lattes
Purify: & # 39; I am white and Christian, but none of the tweets were accurate & # 39 ;, Emily said about people's perception of them
& # 39; I am not at all, & # 39; said Caitlin. & # 39; I am a nice person and I love everyone and I accept everyone. & # 39;
& # 39; I am white and Christian, but none of the tweets were accurate, & # 39; Emily explained. & # 39; I laughed about it, but … it's not true. We never want to talk to the manager! & # 39;
Caitlin even tweeted some of her best photos in response to the meme, and wrote: & # 39; If Twitter will have a lot of fun with my fall photos, choose at least some good ones ! Super proud of this. For the record, I love pumpkin herbs. Cheers! & # 39;
When asked about her thoughts about the LGBT community, she shared rainbow emoji and said & # 39; love is love & # 39 ;. She also said she was not a Republican, as many people had assumed.
She knows: Emily agreed that the viral photo of her and Caitlin & # 39; cheesy & # 39; used to be
Consistent: & # 39; We look so basic in our overall scarves and hold our Pumpkin Spice Lattes, & # 39; said Caitlin
Au naturel: Caitlin wants people to know that her thick curls are all real & # 39; to be. She explained that she had a & # 39; really good curling iron & # 39; has and deeply cares for her hair
Emily also enjoyed the viral photo and tweet: & # 39; Fall fashion is on the rise … the responses made me spit my pumpkin herb (I don't drink them) but really, I LOL the responses. & # 39;
& # 39; If it has brought something, it has brought everyone a little closer & # 39 ;, Emily told BuzzFeed News. & # 39; People started to realize: & # 39; Oh, these girls are real. They are not what we thought they were. & # 39; They assumed we were anti-LGBT, but we don't do that at all. I have friends who are trans and gay!
& # 39; I think people realized that not all white girls who love fall fashion and pumpkin herbs are what we are all classified to look. & # 39;
Regarding their notorious appearance, they insist that their styles have evolved over the past three years and Caitlin wants people to know that her thick curls are all real & # 39; to be.
& # 39; I just have a very good curling iron and a deep condition, & # 39; she said.
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