As TikTok star Remi Bader knows all too well, navigating public areas as a fat person can be difficult. When she was recently abused by ranch staff, she blasted the business for failing to make its standards clear and for being unpleasant when enforcing them.
Remi Bader, a plus-sized influencer, has criticized a Hamptons ranch after she was rejected away for ‘weighing too much,’ before the owner’s son labeled her a ‘fat b****’ on social media.
On Saturday, the 26-year-old social media sensation posted a TikTok video detailing her stay at Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk, New York.
She added, “Shoutout to Deep Hollow Ranch near Montauk for forcing me to leave because I weigh over 240,” over a video of the ranch.
Bader said in the video’s description that she had “never had this difficulty” while riding horses, adding, “Please advertise this on your signage for the future.”
In the comments section of her post, Bader also stated that she didn’t “need any opinions on this one.”
“It’s the fact that it wasn’t announced and how horribly it was handled,” she told her over 2 million Twitter followers. “This was my experience, not yours,” says the narrator.
“It was quite humiliating [sic] to be told I needed to leave alone while everyone else was allowed to stay,” she continued.
Bader then responded to TikTok user @Broudy in a second video. “When you’re not a fat b——, you can ride at Deep Hollow Ranch,” Keogh — who the ranch confirmed is a minor employee — said.
“Imagine this being deep hollw [sic] ranch’s response to your experience,” she captioned the video.
Following the employee’s TikTok, Deep Hollow Ranch issued an apology on Facebook.
The ranch claimed, “It has come to our attention that a TikTok video was posted referencing the ranch, and a teenage employee posted a comment that in no way represents or is aligned with the values that the ranch owners hold.”
“We would want to apologize to anyone who has been upset by this, and we do not condone or agree with any portion of that employee’s video,” the ranch stated.
On the ranch’s website or blog, there are no formal weight restrictions. “A rider should not be more than 15% of the horses’ weight,” according to a piece titled “How Much Weight Can A Horse Carry?”
Deep Hollow Ranch did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment right away.
On Tuesday, Bader issued a statement to PEOPLE. “I just wanted to express my gratitude for everyone’s kind comments and support following yesterday. I’d also like to state that I would never take down or make a small business appear bad unless it was really required. I posted for a reason other than being refused the opportunity to ride the horses. I understand that some locations have weight limitations, and I’d never want to damage the horses, but it was the way the owner spoke to me and laughed at me, as well as how I was handled in general, that bothered me.
What I saw in person was only afterward confirmed by the owner’s son’s video, in which he stated unequivocally that they did not want me there due to my weight, which is quite disappointing. Furthermore, I’d want to state that Hampton Water has been nothing but supportive and has felt bad about the situation, and believe me, you’d know if I didn’t. They are not to blame “she penned