On Thursday, August 5, Outer Banks’ star Rudy Pankow took to Instagram to defend his girlfriend, Elaine Siemek, after she received a slew of hate messages from the actor’s fans.
Rudy, who was recently seen in Outer Banks season 2, has over five million followers on Instagram. Despite his huge fan base, the actor prefers to keep his personal life under wraps.
His socials rarely feature pictures with Elaine. However, the actor recently posted a photo of his girlfriend on Instagram, slamming some of his followers for sending “hate” messages to her lately.
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Who is Elaine Siemek?
In comparison to her actor boyfriend, Elaine keeps a much lower profile. She has over 100,000 followers on Instagram, but her account has been made private.
However, we know that she too works on Outer Banks. Elaine, who is a film photographer by profession, works as an assistant on the Netflix show.
Rudy turns 23 this month, on August 12, while Elaine’s exact age is not known. It is estimated that she is somewhere between 22 and 25 years old.
The photographer’s Instagram handle features a link to her website, which displays her work. Many of the photos on her site are from the sets of Outer Banks, while it also features a bunch of landscape pictures and portraits taken by her.
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A look at the controversies surrounding her
Fans who haven’t entered the depths of Outer Banks‘ fandom might be confused by Rudy’s latest Instagram post.
However, the Netflix show’s fanatics know that the Outer Banks fandom has turned against Elaine for various reasons. We found an entire Twitter thread titled ‘elamecancelled’ where the show’s fans have posted various reasons for why they “hate” Rudy’s girlfriend.
One post in the thread features some of the posts that Elaine had allegedly saved on Pinterest. These posts feature derogatory remarks against women. She has also been accused of cultural appropriation and of being a “Republican supporter.”
Many fans also accused her of sending out Rudy’s exclusive pictures and videos to fan accounts without his permission. Elaine has denied these allegations in her recent Instagram story.
Rudy Pankow’s latest Instagram post explored
Rudy’s latest Instagram post features an adorable picture of him with Elaine. In the caption, the star addressed the allegations made against her.
He wrote: “I’m here to call out the disrespect and harassment someone who I love dearly is getting on a daily basis. It has gotten to the degree where lies are being spread and accusations are being said that goes beyond the normal “hate”. Not only is she not what she is accused of being, but she also is the complete opposite and actively is so.”
He further urged his fans to stop speaking “lies” about Elaine and asked them to “spread positivity” instead.
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