Montreal actress Adina Katz has been facing some bizarre and undeserved backlash this week after being misidentified as a woman in Andrew Scheer campaign video. The person who resembled her in the video was also named Adina and was a cancer survivor who said she would be voting Conservative. The outrage started when people started accusing Scheer of hiring actors in his campaign who were posing as real people, and Adina Katz has seen the brunt of these accusations.
Here's the video everyone's talking about:
Since the accusations, Katz has been working tirelessly to clear her name of any slander from people who got the story all wrong. Here is something she recently retweeted:
The video surfaced on Aug. 2 and since then, Katz has been bombarded with rude and misinformed accusations. The Alberta Renaissance Twitter account accused her of posing as a cancer survivor a couple of days after the video surfaced.
Other on twitter followed suit, and the fiasco got out of control. The accusatory tweet has since been deleted and replaced with the following:
Adina told The Montreal Gazette, “I know I’m sensitive, but it really touched a nerve when people accused me of pretending to be a cancer survivor. My father died of cancer, two of my uncles died of cancer and my friends have died of cancer.”
In the same interview, Adina says, “I had nothing to do with that video, and people were so quick to be cruel,” she said. “If I just had a little less self-esteem, I can see how I could have been depressed or suicidal.”
This goes to show how fast inaccurate information can circulate in the internet age, and how quick people are to believe anything they read.
Katz has since been going on radio shows and her story has been published by multiple news media outlets. Luckily, it didn't take too long for the issue to be cleared up, but that doesn't take away from the damage done. Katz has been subjected to cruel and demeaning language from strangers across the internet that will no doubt stick with her after this has passed.
“Harmful words do hurt. And to see them on the screen, one after the other, can do a lot of damage,” she said to CP24.