It looks like spending a little time in the slammer has self-proclaimed Philadelphia-area influencer “Meatball” regretting her decision to livestream looting and other mayhem that occurred in the City of Brotherly Love earlier this week. That decision has left her grandmother “ashamed” of her granddaughter, whose real name is Dayjia Blackwell, but maintains that Meatball has a certain business acumen that can be used for good.
On Thursday, The Daily Wire reported that Meatball was arrested during her livestream of the looting as large groups of mostly teenagers damaged and robbed multiple stores in Philadelphia. The 21-year-old Blackwell was hit with six felony counts as well as two misdemeanors and was seen crying in her mugshot.
During the stream, Meatball boasted, “Tell the police they’re either gonna lock me up tonight, or it’s gonna get lit, it’s gonna be a movie.”
Philadelphia continues to be in absolute chaos. pic.twitter.com/hgMphlu8c9
— Catch Up (@CatchUpFeed) September 27, 2023
Well, they did lock her up and it turned into a bit of a nightmare for the budding social media star.
Blackwell’s mother bailed her out of jail, and Meatball told NBC 10 that the experience scared her straight.
“I just prefer, you know, never loot again, stay out of trouble, never go to jail,” she told the outlet.
She also said on social media she was “scared and traumatized,” adding, “never again in my life.”
#WATCH | Influencer Dayjia Blackwell ('Meatball'), who was released after live-streaming her involvement in the looting that took place in Philadelphia, thanks her followers and says that she doesn't "even know what happened" and that she is "scared" and "traumatized." pic.twitter.com/JKqw7f6RV1
— VOZ (@Voz_US) September 28, 2023
Indeed, the girl’s grandmother hopes that Meatball becomes a force for good in the world.
Vashti Fields, Meatball’s grandmother, told Fox 29, “What goes through my mind, as a grandmother, is I’m very ashamed. I’m very ashamed to see my child there, at that time. Number one, she could have gotten hurt.”
Fields has bigger dreams for Meatball.
“I want her to start a business and, most of all, I want her to be a positive influencer,” Fields said.
Indeed, she added, that Meatball is a “loving, kind, caring, business minded go-getter.”
Of course, part of Meatball’s business includes having an Only Fans account which is nothing but smut and akin to a virtual form of the oldest profession in the world.
It’s unclear what her family thinks of that career choice.
Meatball’s mother chose instead to honk her car horn repeatedly when approached by reporters and refused to speak to the press.
Perhaps the real lesson here is that jail can work in steering ne’er-do-wells on the straight and narrow — contrary to what justice reform advocates state.
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