Fans of failed dance school applicant spam institution with Yelp star slam after online rant
Fans of an aspiring actor and TikTok user have reportedly beleaguered online charts with poor reviews from a competitive dance school that rejected him.
Axel Webber told his TikTok followers on January 10 that the Juilliard School in New York rejected his application, “but I got a modeling contact.”
Explaining how it happened, he told his 3.6 million TikTok followers in another video that he was told he was “no longer under consideration for admission to the fall 2022”.
A TikTok user with 2.9 million followers, Ty Bott, commented below the video: “How can we leave a Google review on Juilliard???” This apparently inspired social media users to flood Google Maps and Yelp with negative reviews for Juilliard.
“What did I do,” Bott asked in his own video on Jan. 11. “I commented on Axel’s TikTok after it got rejected from Juilliard and said ‘How do we leave a Google review on Juilliard?’ And y’all, it’s almost at 2,000 likes.
The TikTok user shared screenshots of one-star ratings left at Juilliard, noting, “We just canceled one of the most prestigious universities in the entire world.”
Initiated reported on Thursday that reviews of the school were not publicly visible on Google Maps, but The Independent was able to see reviews that seemed positive and not associated with Axel or Ty.
When on Yelp, visitors to the review website are warned that the Juilliard School page was “monitored by Yelp’s support team for content related to media reports.”
The budding actor appeared in another video on Jan. 12 and told his fans to tone down Juilliard’s criticism, and apologized after tens of thousands of liked comments, including one that read “Justice for Axel “.
“Thank you for your support…Let’s stay positive,” Axel said in a TikTok. “Let’s try not to totally ruin their Instagram account. Poor social media manager at Juilliard: I’m sorry!”
His TikTok account has since been given verified status, and the budding actor has been inundated with messages of support from across the entertainment industry, including playwright Jeremy O’Harris.
The Juilliard School declined to comment.