A Tom Cruise lookalike continues to be kicked off Instagram to get ‘pretending to be someone’, eliminating his business in the process.
Jerome LeBlanc, 33, from Quebec, canada ,, Canada, who resides throughout San Diego, California was taken off the social media platform to get breaking one of the apps ‘community guidelines’ which forbid individuals from impersonating others.
Instagram rules state: ‘Creating a merchant account to impersonate someone can be against the Community Guidelines and can result in the removal of your account.’
The app further advises: ‘Don’t pretend to be the real specific or brand. This includes: Talking in the voice or explaining yourself as the individual, model, or organization. Misrepresenting your own relationship to the individual, model, or organization.’
Jerome LeBlanc, 33, accumulated his Tom Cruise lookalike business over 10 years nonetheless has now been kicked off of Instagram
LeBlanc impersonates the real Dan Cruise and his character Maverick, pictured, from the 1986 picture Top Gun
LeBlanc, who endowed with good looks appears uncannily like the real Tom Vacation cruise, had been able to find work impersonating the Top Gun actor in addition to built up his Instagram adhering to over the course of six years.
Having built up over 30,000 followers, their sudden removal from Instagram led to a sharp drop running a business.
‘It was a fairly big blow for someone independantly employed like me to lose an account that will brought me so much organization,’ LeBlanc tells DailyMail.com.
LeBlanc was banned from the platform throughout June 2021. He become a huge hit and was reinstated just before being stuck off for great weeks later.
Instagram kicked LeBlanc off twofold for ‘impersonation’ and breaking the app’s Community Regulations. He is pictured during a meet up with with fans in 2020
LeBlanc often makes in-person hearings at military-themed events
‘I tried appealing the stopping of my account – explaining I’m impersonating a fictional character, but no luck. They stated “I was pretending to be someone, and my name did not match the account.” Of course I wasn’t pretending to be anyone, I was impersonating a fictional character.’
LeBlanc set about providing Instagram documents that would hopefully see the company which is owned by Facebook reconsider. LeBlanc supplied them with information including a business license showing that owned a lookalike business, but the decision was a firm ‘no’.
‘I began to appeal three times a day for weeks. Finally, I received a different response, they said I needed either a lawyer or someone on my behalf to prove my legitimacy. So I retained a lawyer. After thousands of dollars lost during the process, and thousands spent on a lawyer trying to regain my account. They never even responded to my lawyer,’ LeBlanc explained.
LeBlanc has now been forced to switch to TikTok to generate business. He is pictured in 2021
LeBlanc says he does not believe the real Tom Cruise, pictured above, is responsible for him being removed from Instagram while others have suggested that he may well be
‘It has affected my business greatly due to the fact my instagram was mainly a San Diego base following. Which is where I live. Also, to top it off… This is all happening during a pandemic where we need to maintain a physical distance.’
Before heading online, LeBlanc began impersonating Cruise’s character Maverick from Top Gun, on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles at the age of 23, where he would pose with tourists.
In recent times, when not making inrapidperson appearances at parties or larger events such as the San Diego Comic Con for a fee of thousands, LeBlanc would generate income by making personal videos for those who requested them for around $80 a time.
Despite speaking French as a first language, LeBlanc trained himself to perfect the quintessential Tom Cruise laugh, a trademark of the Syracuse-born superstar.
Now married with two children, his impersonation role is his full-time job.
LeBlanc began impersonating Cruise’s character Maverick from Top Gun, on Hollywood Blvd pictured above, in Los Angeles at the age of 23, where he would pose with tourists
On TikTok he has quickly managed to build up a loyal fanbase of more than 530,000 followers. Nevertheless, he is still disappointed in how he was treated by Instagram.
‘My career was mainly ‘meet and greets’ and appearances, and because of this platform My partner and i survived the entire pandemic creating videos for people and never ever receiving unemployment. I’m extremely disappointed that a platform so huge wouldn’t have a customer service system with real people responding.’
LeBlanc tells he does not believe the actual actor is behind his suspension but offers had word that Cruise may well have had some influence behind the scenes.
‘In November I tried appealing once again but the email address simply bounced, so I have been definitely banned via the appealing process with this point.’
Despite a new frustrating six months, LeBlanc remains humble. ‘I am just very grateful for a career that will is not only enjoyable for me, but fun individuals. The exchange of energy this particular job brings is absolutely wonderful.’
Source: Daily Mail