Self-proclaimed Christian, self-help author, and social influencer Rachel Hollis, continues to deal with media fallout over remarks she made in a since-deleted TikTok video last week. In the video, Hollis speaks about a "sweet woman" who "cleans her toilets," as she attempts to fend off accusations that her affluent lifestyle makes her "unrelatable."
"What is it about me that made you think I want to be relatable?" Hollis says to one of her critics. "No, sis. Literally everything I do in my life is to live a life that most people can't relate to."
The author listed several prominent women who she claims were also "unrelatable," including Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marie Curie, Oprah Winfrey, and Amelia Earhart.
Hollis, whose first book, "Girl, Wash Your Face" rocketed to instant fame particularly in Christian circles, later apologized for appearing insensitive and elitist. But her initial apology also seemed to deflect blame for her remarks onto her "team."
"I listened to my team instead of my gut. I listened when they told me not to respond, to let it blow over," Hollis wrote on Instagram. "I listened when they said they would monitor the situation."
Under pressure, Hollis deleted the apology and issued a second one that acknowledged her regret for initially comparing her own effort to being unrelatable to those of Harriet Tubman.
"I know I've caused tremendous pain by mentioning prominent women - including several women of color - whose struggles and achievements I couldn't possibly understand," Hollis wrote.