90 Day Fiance Steven Frend is again drawing criticism from the TLC fan base. Some are upset that he got a tattoo in Russia after running a GoFundMe campaign. Steven set up the GFM to help with baby expenses. So critics are lashing out that he got a tat when they think he should be saving every penny. Here’s the latest.
90 Day Fiance: Steven Frend’s New Tattoo
Steven Frend is getting a sizable chest piece in Russia. In the US, a piece of ink like that can cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. However, a quick look around Google tells you that it’s drastically cheaper to get a tat in Russia. What costs hundreds in America can be had for the price of “a single lunch” in the former USSR, said one source.
Russia has a cottage industry of doing high quality tattoos for tourist for extremely low prices. It appears that Steven had a bad tattoo he needed covered up and is using this opportunity to get the work done at a reduced rate.
After sharing (and later deleting) a pic of the new ink, Steven Frend responded to critics. He said the money from the GoFundMe is for baby Alex and is safe in the bank. He also said that it would be “foolish to think Olga would let me blow that money”. Despite running the fundraiser, the 90 Day Fiance dad also said that his pockets are not and “never were” empty.
In addition, Steven shared recently that he spent the money he’d saved for his college education to bring Olga Koshimbetova and their son to America.
90 Day Fiance Fans Not Happy About Anyone’s GoFundMe
This could also be a side effect of “GFM Fatigue”. It seems like one of the 90 Day Fiance cast members is always running a campaign asking fans to send them money. Selling Cameos and merch is one thing, but there’s been many GFMs in recent months. And show viewers are quick to pile on with the criticism if they don’t like what they see.
Danielle Jbali took heat for her campaign to catch up with rent (to avoid eviction) on the rental lot where her trailer sits. She had to defend herself against haters. Larissa Christina started one to help cover legal fees for her third domestic violence arrest last month. Then she said the GFM was shut down, people sent money directly, then it was reopened. Fans that were expecting refunds from Larissa’s GoFundMe because they sent money to PayPal or Zelle were upset when all the money was kept.
Ashley Martson Criticized for $700 Gucci Shoes After Fundraiser
Most recently, Ashley Martson ran a fundraiser to help cover costs of time off work while she said she was hospitalized for her lupus. But then recently, a 90 Day Fiance fan shared the pic above with an annoyed comment about Ashley’s spending habits.
Then Ashley clapped back at those that commented on her spending after running a Go-Fund-Me. She called her critics trolls and insisted she shut down her campaign when she could have kept it going and raking in the cash.
90 Day Fiance Fans – Tired of all the GoFundMe?
Steven Frend’s tattoo got some worked up – but none of those commenting proved that they were donors. One donor to Steven’s campaign told Soap Dirt that once he gave the money to Steven, it is his money to do with as he wishes. “Gifts do not come with strings attached,” he said.
None of the other critics that slapped at Ashley or Larissa for their GFM and subsequent spending appear to be donors. So it’s hard to say whether those upset with the 90 Day Fiance stars are donors or just those that have opinions to share.
Fans of the TLC franchise seem tired of the show’s stars trying to stay relevant. Some are trying to model, and some are trying to launch clothing lines. Others are selling cameos and pimping personal appearances. Many reality show celebrities try to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame, some with more success than others.
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