Remi Bader, a TikTok influencer, said a ranch did not let her ride a horse because of her weight.
An employee at the ranch posted a TikTok video calling Bader a “fat bitch,” sparking controversy.
The ranch apologized on Facebook, saying it does not “condone” the employee’s video.
A New York cattle ranch has apologized after one of its employees posted a TikTok video saying an influencer was not allowed to ride a horse at the ranch because she was “fat.”
The ranch said they did not “condone” the employee’s now-deleted video in a Facebook statement posted on June 11.
TikTok influencer Remi Bader, who has 2.1 million followers, initially posted a complaint about the ranch in a TikTok of her own on June 11. The video showed the ranch’s buildings and an on-screen caption that read, “Shoutout to Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk for making me leave because I weigh over 240.”
The TikToker wrote an additional caption under the video that said, “I’ve rode horses before and have never had this issue. Please advertise this on your signs for the future.”
Deep Hollow Ranch does not list any weight requirements for riding horses on its website at the time of this story. While the comments function in Bader’s video is now disabled, it has received 144,000 likes and 1.7 million views.
Later that same day, Bader posted a video that was marked as a duet, showing footage from a TikTok uploaded by a user called @broudy.keogh, whom the ranch later identified as one of its employees. It showed an image of a TikTok comment from Bader, which is no longer available to view, reading, “I don’t really need any opinions on this one. Its the fact of how it wasn’t advertised and how poorly it was handled. This was my experience, not yours.”
Toward the end of the nine-second clip, the user could be heard saying, “When you’re not a fat bitch you can ride at Deep Hollow Ranch.”
The original video is no longer available to view, but Bader’s duet has 1.3 million views on her account. Insider was not able to reach out to the original user for comment following the removal of his videos.
Bader responded to Keogh’s video in written statements on her Instagram Story, which are no longer available to view, but were shared with Insider by a representative of Bader. The influencer said she was “laughed at” by the owner of the ranch. She went on to say, “What I experienced in person was only supported later by the owner’s son’s video, which made it very clear that they did not want me there because of my weight and that is truly disappointing.”
It is unclear whether the user in the video was the ranch owner’s son. In the ranch’s apology statement from June 11, the business referred to the user as a “teenage employee,” adding, “We would like to apologize to anyone who this offended and we do not condone or agree with any part of that employee’s video.”
The ranch’s website says that a couple named Pete and Cate Keogh run the ranch with the help of their children, one of whom is name Broudy. This name matches the username of the user who posted the video.
On Facebook, 2,000 people reacted with an “angry” emoji to the ranch’s statement, with some commenters calling for the employee to be fired.
Deep Hollow Ranch did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. Remi Bader declined to comment.
Bader is a fashion-content creator who typically posts videos about beauty and body expectations. She produces a series on TikTok that she calls the “realistic haul” series, in which she tries on outfits from various brands to give viewers an indication of how those outfits would look on people with a larger clothing size.
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