A Black Lives Matter activist who previously called for the defunding of police called cops over a reporter’s interview request.
Zyahna Bryant, 22, was recently hired by Dove to promote “fat liberation” in the brand’s new campaign.
However, in 2020, Bryant, a University of Virginia student, was accused of ruining a white student’s life over a remark she later said she “misheard.”
The partnership between Dove and Bryant has resulted in many boycotting the brand.
A reporter with the Daily Mail visited Bryant on Friday after getting the activist’s contact details from a woman claiming to be Bryant’s sister, the publication reported.
Bryant’s manager Sean Lawton reached out after the reporter did not connect with Bryant and claimed the activist felt threatened, comments which were backed by Charlottesville police Chief Mike Kochis.
Kochis explained that Bryant reached out to him, saying she “was feeling uncomfortable” and wanted to “get ahead of any situation.”
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He acknowledged that the Mail had done nothing wrong and the reporter was on a public street and had simply asked for an interview and left.
Kochis added that the family is “good people,” adding that he was not aware of any threats having been made to Bryant.
Lawton had called right before the Kochis call, explaining, “Zyahna feels threatened right now. The biggest concern right now is about her security and her safety.”
Earlier this month, Dove hired Bryant as a “fat acceptance ambassador,” but many on social media have been calling for the brand’s cancellation due to the controversial partnership.
Three years ago, Bryant falsely accused fellow student Morgan Bettinger of threatening BLM protesters after she accidentally drove into a group protesting the death of George Floyd.
Bryant claimed she overheard Bettinger saying they would make “good speedbumps,” a horrific comment she denied and got the white student bullied, threatened and cancelled, the Mail reported.
However, Bryant later admitted she may have “misheard” what Bettinger said.
Around the same time, Bryant was advocating to defund the police, even writing those very words in an Instagram post that appears to be more about people of colour more likely to be suspended and expelled from school and Black girls “being pushed out of school simply for existing.”
The boycott, which has picked up steam, has been likened to Bud Light’s partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
One woman, Carole Thorpe, shared a photo of three bars of Dove soap in the garbage, declaring she was done with the brand and its parent company, Unilever.
“After hearing that Dove Beauty chose Zyahna Bryant — who ruined Morgan Bettinger’s life — for their “fat acceptance ambassador”, THIS lifelong large lady & now former Dove customer tossed out the last three bars of Dove product she will EVER buy,” she wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
“I have written to Unilever too.”
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