TikTok superstar Addison Rae’s fans have launched a campaign to cancel her after she excitedly greeted former US president Donald Trump at the star-studded UFC 264 fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
In footage uploaded by YouTube channel NELK earlier this week, Rae was seen approaching Trump, 75, as he watched the UFC bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier from his ringside seat.
The clip shows Rae tapping on Trump’s shoulder to get his attention before she says: ‘Hi! I’m Addison. Nice to meet you. I have to say hi, hello. So nice to meet you.’ It’s not clear what Trump said to her in return.
The greeting caused a stir on social media, with the woke Twitter mob calling for the 20-year-old start from Louisiana to be canceled.
Rae’s devout fanbase also speculated about her political affiliation – a topic first brought up in 2019 when she was accused of registering to vote as a Republican.
Addison Rae (pictured left on Saturday) had an unlikely run-in with former president Donald Trump (pictured right on Saturday) over the weekend as the pair each attended the star-studded UFC 264 fight in Las Vegas
‘Hi! I’m Addison. Nice to meet you,’ said Addison politely, after appearing to tap on Trump’s shoulder to get his attention
Rae then told Trump it was ‘so nice to meet you’
The clip of Addison’s run-in with Trump, once uploaded to NELK’s YouTube channel, went viral across multiple social media platforms
After shaking hands with the former president of the United States, the social media star told him that she just ‘had to say hi’ and that it was ‘so nice to meet you.’
Over the weekend, the 20-year-old TikTok star seemingly approached the former president as he watched the fight ringside, in footage captured by he YouTube channel NELK
Social media users quickly slammed Rae over the greeting, with comedian Chris Klemens saying he believed she had revealed her political affiliation, writing: ‘Oopsies Addison… your Republican is showing.’
The 27-year-old YouTuber later quipped: ‘Word on the street is Addison Rae’s song Obsessed is about Donald Trump actually.’
Another user wrote: ‘#addisonrae whatttttttt [hand covering mouth, face screaming in fear emojis] I feel like she’s gonna get canceled again I would bet my five dollars on this.’
One took pleasure in the possibility Rae could be canceled, tweeting: ‘addison rae getting cancelled for shaking donald trumps hand is in my top 10 moments of 2021.’
There were several fans, however, who came to the popular TikTok star’s defense.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Addison Rae being cancelled for saying hello to trump is why people vote trump. Far left American is just as ridiculous as right.’
Another said: ‘if you care that addison rae said hi to trump then you are probably a loserr.’
One took a similar stand despite not being a fan of hers, writing: ‘As much I dislike Addison rae, she shouldn’t get cancelled for saying hi to president Trump.’
On Twitter, users were also quick to point out one of Rae’s previous controversies where she appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in April to perform dances which were choreographed by black TikTok creators and failed to credit them.
Days later, Fallon was forced to apologize and invite all of the black creators behind the dances on the show to interview them before they did the choreography.
‘In my top 10 moments of 2021’: Many users took to Twitter to react to the brief meeting as some even believed that Addison would be ‘cancelled’ over it
‘Oopsies Addison… your Republican is showing’: Comedian Chris Klemens had one of the most popular reactions on social media as he believed she had revealed her political affiliation
‘As much I dislike Addison rae, she shouldn’t get cancelled for saying hi to president Trump’: There were several, however, who came to the defense of the popular TikTok star
Rae has come under fire from her fanbase before. In 2019, a TikTok went viral claiming she ‘had allegedly voted Republican in 2014, 2016 and 2018 in Tarzana, California after she was accused of being featured in a video that showed her registering to vote as a Republican.
Rae slammed the video as being fake, and said she had not registered to vote in her home state of Louisiana where she was raised in an RV trailer with her siblings.
‘This isn’t real … First I’m from Louisiana, second I’m not even registered to vote and never have been I’m actually doing it for the first time with someone important and I’m excited to do so. This is fake,’ she wrote at the time.
Controversy: One user pointed out one of Addison’s previous controversies of going on Jimmy Fallon to perform dances which were choreographed by Black TikTok creators – whom they failed to credit – back in April
Damage control: ‘Several Black creators were invited appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to talk about the dances they created which went viral and actually perform them
Some fans slammed Rae and said her public support of Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements was at odds with her excitedly greeting Trump.
A Twitter user wrote: ‘Miss Addison Rae how you stealing from black creators and shaking hands with trump and saying ‘it’s so nice to meet you’ ermmm the math ain’t mathing.’
Another said: ‘not Addison Rae being one of the biggest performative activists last summer and now her willingly going up to Trump to introduce herself and talk to him.’
One Twitter user pretended to be shocked by Rae greeting Trump
‘Couldn’t be me’: Many users sounded off on the brief encounter
Coming to Addison’s defense, one fan asked those angered by the clip to explain exactly ‘what is wrong with’ her introducing herself to Trump, adding: ‘You kids need to grow up and realize folks can agree to disagree and still show respect.’
Reiterating the same stance, another Twitter user wrote that they ‘dont like trump but seeing a former president in front of ur eyes hell imma say hi too wtf.’
‘I love Addison Rae now,’ tweeted out one Twitter user, seemingly impressed with Addison’s conduct.
Mixed: It drew mixed reactions from the TikTok superstar’s devout fanbase, with a few fans speculating about her potential political affiliation – a topic that was first brought up and shutdown by the star early in her career
Disgusted? One Twitter user described the clip as ‘disgusting’ and that they were put off by Addison ‘casually saying hi and fangirling over a racist piece of sh**’
Not adding up: ‘why would she want to say hi?? It ain’t adding up,’ read one critical tweet, who suggested that Addison’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice movements contradicts her apparent desire to meet Trump during Saturday’s fight
Others moved past the outrage and instead wondered just how Rae was able to seemingly make it past Trump’s team of secret service agents.
‘How does a random person just walk walk up and touch a person with secret service protection?’ read one concerned tweet, with another writing: ‘Is nobody surprised how she casually just strolled up on the former president and tapped his shoulder where the secret service at?’
Rae has yet to address the her now viral Trump interaction, but she has continued to post on social media as usual, with her most recent post being a series of backyard portraits.
A new fan: ‘I love Addison Rae now,’ tweeted out one Twitter user, seemingly impressed with Addison’s conduct
What’s the big deal? Coming to Addison’s defense, one fan asked those angered by the clip to explain exactly ‘what is wrong with’ her introducing herself to Trump, adding: ‘You kids need to grow up and realize folks can agree to disagree and still show respect’
How? Others moved past the outrage and, instead, wondered just how Addison was able to successfully make it past Trump’s secret service agents
We need answers! ‘How does a random person just walk walk up and touch a person with secret service protection?’ read one concerned tweet, with another writing: ‘Is nobody surprised how she casually just scrolled up on the former president and tapped his shoulder where the secret service at?’