The Black Lives Matters activist at the center of a furious backlash after Dove announced a partnership with her has complained she felt ‘threatened,’ and called police after a polite interview request.
DailyMail.com visited community organizer and University of Virginia student, Zyahna Bryant, 22, who ruined white student Morgan Bettinger’s life when she had her canceled over words she later admitted she ‘may have misheard,’ Friday.
Following a calm and pleasant conversation with a woman claiming to be her sister explaining we were simply wanting to ask if Bryant would speak to the furor, contact details were exchanged.
Moments later, before DailyMail.com had a chance to depart, we received a telephone call from a man who introduced himself as Sean Lawton, her manager.
DailyMail.com visited community organizer and UVA student, Zyahna Bryant, 22, on Friday to request an interview in the wake of the Dove boycott
X user Carole Thorpe dumped her remaining Dove bars at news of Zyahna Bryant’s hiring and says she will no longer make any purchases from the brand
Lawton said: ‘Zyahna feels threatened right now. This is now about her security.’
Dove’s decision to hire the controversial Bryant as a ‘fat acceptance ambassador’ has seen thousands take to social media calling for a boycott of their products in what has been billed as their ‘Bud Light moment’ – a reference to the beer’s disastrous partnership with Dylan Mulvaney.
Speaking on Friday Bryant’s manager said: ‘The biggest concern right now is about her security and her safety. That means this has now fallen into the domain of a legal matter which means we are unable to offer any comment at this time.’
When asked what he meant by a ‘legal matter,’ Lawton said. ‘It means I am unable to offer a comment at the advice of legal.’
And, revealing that his client was holed up in her Charlottesville home Lawton added: ‘Are you in a grey SUV? She can see you from her window.’
Tycoon and anti-woke crusader Elon Musk also replied to news of Bryant’s hiring by describing it as ‘messed-up’
The Unilever-owned brand partnered with a professional Black Lives Matter activist named Zyahna Bryant to campaign for ‘fat liberation’
Within 20 minutes of his call DailyMail.com received a second phone call this time from Charlottesville’s Chief of Police Mike Kochis.
Kochis explained he had received a call from Bryant saying ‘she was feeling uncomfortable,’ and wanting to ‘get ahead of any situation.’
He acknowledged that DailyMail.com had done nothing wrong, was on a public street, and had simply asked for an interview and left.
He described the family as ‘good people’ and stated he is not aware of any actual threats having been made to Bryant at this time.
In stark contrast Bettinger, 24, was the target of myriad threats from an ill-informed online mob fueled by Bryant’s claims that she had heard the student threaten to turn protesters in Charlottesville into ‘speedbumps’ when she accidentally drove into a group protesting the death of George Floyd July 17, 2020.
Bryant tweeted Bettinger’s image and said: ‘The woman in this truck approached protesters in #Charlottesville, and told us that we would make ‘good speedbumps.’ She then called the police and started crying saying we were attacking her.’
Bettinger is pictured in her car during the July 2020 protest. She insists she told a trucker blocking the road she was glad he was there to avoid a repeat of the 2017 Unite the Right rally, when a white supremacist struck and killed anti-racism protester Heather Heyer. But Bryant claimed Bettinger had suggested she wished to harm George Floyd protesters
Video evidence does not show the moment Bettinger made the comment, but it does show the aftermath of protesters banging on her car, yelling obscenities at her, and making fun of her for crying as she called her mother and the police
The claims which Bryant later admitted may not have been true were retweeted 1,000 times and a torrent of dream-destroying hate poured down on Bettinger, the daughter of a police officer.
Furious conservatives have begun boycotting Dove after the soap brand hired the notorious Black Lives Matter activist after she destroyed a white student’s life over a remark she later admitted she may have ‘misheard.’
Carole Thorpe, from Charlottesville, shared a snap of three bars of Dove soap tossed in the trash Thursday on learning the Unilever-owned brand had joined forces with Bryant to push a ‘fat liberation’ campaign.
Sharing her horror at news of Bryant’s glitzy Dove gig, Thorpe wrote: ‘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. I have written to Unilever too.’
Scores of other angry users on X, formerly known as Twitter, also vowed to stop buying Dove products in protest at the campaign, which 22 year-old Bryant has been pushing on Instagram.