Following UFC 264 this past weekend, TikTok star Addison Rae faced backlash for her recent announcing role within the organization. However, she found an ally in fellow social media star and former pro golfer Paige Spiranac.
The golfer came to the defense of Rae after the TikToker faced fierce criticism online this weekend. The UFC offered Rae a commentating job, which she began during Saturday night’s event in Las Vegas. Rae’s recent Twitter post sent fans and Twitter users into a frenzy though. Many deemed the star privileged while many others criticized the UFC for giving the position to an unqualified candidate.
“I studied broadcast journalism in college for 3 whole months to prepare for this moment,” Rae tweeted. She also shared two photos of her on the red carpet with a microphone at the UFC event. The famous social media personality did attend Louisiana State University for a short time. But she quit college to pursue her social media-based career instead.
While the TikTok star took a considerable amount of heated criticism for her inexperience, Paige Spiranac defended the 20-year-old.
“Don’t discredit all her hard work. UFC is smart to hire someone with millions of followers,” Paige Spiranac replied to one comment.
Paige Spiranac Supports Addsion Rae as the UFC Removes Her From the Announcing Job
Paige Spiranac and others came to the defense of Addison Rae over the weekend. But it seems the UFC heard the overwhelming backlash and took action anyways.
Rae’s tweet about only studying journalism for three months offended many, especially those trying to find jobs in the tough field. Tons of commenters slammed her and the UFC for diminishing journalists’ hard work and their extensive educations.
“This is disrespectful to all the people who go to college and work their a–es off for jobs like this and sometimes don’t even get them because Addison has clout she gets them over QUALIFIED sports journalists,” one Twitter user commented on her post.
In contrast, others joined Paige Spiranac in defending Rae and the opportunity that was presented to her.
“Not her fault she got famous [to be honest]. She’s just taking advantage of the opportunities she received, thanks to TikTok,” one fan replied, asking, “I mean, who wouldn’t? And plus, she was chosen.”
Yet it seems like the damage had already been done since the criticisms seemed to far outweigh Rae’s support. In a later tweet, Rae confirmed that the UFC had removed her from the position going forward.
“[Nevermind] y’all got me fired,” she wrote in a separate tweet added to the original post.
In addition, Rae reshared a tweet that called her out for being the “most hated UFC commentator ever.” Her time with the UFC may have been short-lived, and the backlash may have been overly harsh, but Rae has other opportunities that should make up for it. She’ll be making her big-screen debut in the upcoming He’s All That movie. The film is a remake of the 1999 comedy She’s All That.