Instagram Model Slammed After Defacing 200-year-Old Statue in Poland

By Tiffany Meier

Instagram model Julia Slonska has been slammed on social media after she posted a short video of her defacing a 200-year-old statue in Warsaw, Poland, allegedly in the hopes of gaining more followers.

In the six-second video clip, Slonska can be seen laughing to the camera before she uses a hammer to knock off the statue’s nose in a few strokes. The statue is believed to be around 200 years old and is situated in Swiss Valley Park in Warsaw, Poland, according to Metro.

It was reportedly a prank to get more followers on social media, where Slonska has over 6,000 followers on Instagram.

However, after a friend posted the video in an Instagram story and tagged her in the footage, appalled viewers expressed outrage at her actions.

Before the Instagram story was taken down, a viewer shared it to YouTube, where the video has since been viewed over 50,000 times at the time of this article’s publication.

People took to the comments section to slam Slonka’s actions and many called for her arrest.

“Jail time, period. No questions. Jail.,” one person commented.

“I hope everyone involved gets in some sort of trouble,” another person wrote, adding, “It’s so disrespectful.”

And another person wrote, “Why they are so stupid? I don’t understand this world anymore.”

Following the incident, Slonska deleted her Facebook account and disabled all comments on her Instagram account.

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Instead of gaining more followers, the prank has reportedly led to the online Polish bank, mBank, dropping Slonska as an advertising campaigner.

A spokesperson for the bank released a statement on Instagram: “We definitely do not support such behavior, and the appropriate services should deal with it. As for the responsibility for what the actress does many weeks after the completed photos are taken—we cannot be responsible for the individual choices of such people. In this case, it’s a role for carers. We do not plan to involve this girl in the next spots.”

After the backlash on social media, Slonska issued an apology on her Instagram story, according to Metro.

After translation, the apology is believed to have been: “What happened yesterday should not have taken place at all and seriously, I regret that I did it. I’m so stupid. I will not say what was driving me, why I did it, because it is more of a private affair, but I really wanted to apologize to everyone.”

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