May 09, 2023
Alix Earle Showed TikTok Her Messy Dorm: Viewers Were Horrified
TikTok's "it girl" Alix Earle showed viewers around her University of Miami
TikTok's "it girl" Alix Earle showed viewers around her University of Miami college home, and viewers have responded in varying states of festive and abject horror.
Earle, who experienced an increasingly rare meteoric rise to fame in December 2022, has received a ton of comments about her bedroom, where she does most of her filming, and has featured hair extensions, half-eaten takeout on her bed, and flowers that have been sitting out for more than two months. It's been described by one fan as "a frat house without any frat boys."
On February 26, she gave viewers a full and unapologetic tour of the space she shares with six other women.
Commenters expressed horror about the chaos and urged the creator to buy her fish a new home. Some jokingly lobbied for "hazard pay" for famous celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta, who recently paid her a visit for a collaborative video.
Earle, of course, seems characteristically unbothered by the reaction. She also assured people in a GRWM TikTok posted later that day that she and her roommates cleaned the home before Ta arrived.
In any case, here are a few details of the influencer's living space that seemed to disturb viewers most.
In the TikTok, Earle introduced viewers to a small bright red wooden birdhouse that she's nicknamed "Casa Cucaracha." It's conveniently placed next to the trash can.
"We get a lot of cockroaches," Earle told viewers with a laugh. "So we just made a little house for them."
Chip clips were also cockroach themed, as if the house had accepted the infestation.
A viewer told Earle the roach clips "will live in [their] nightmares" forever.
Earle panned across living spaces in varying degrees of disarray — a living room table littered with cups, Starbucks drinks, and bottles of alcohol; a laundry room stacked with overflowing bags of clothing and packages; and a miscellaneous room filled with packages and a lone vacuum haphazardly leaned against one wall.
It appears there's more laundry than Earle and her six roommates know to do with.
Earle showed viewers a tile floor with clothes, a cardboard Corona beer box, and paper bags scattered across it. She said every floor in their house is littered with clothing and other miscellaneous items.
In the bathroom, Earle demonstrated how flimsy the toilet seat was by moving it back and forth with a hand.
"You grabbing the toilet seat just sent shivers up my spine lmao," one user commented.
Tons of viewers called for "justice" for Earle's fish, Elton. Fans lobbied for Earle to "please get him a better tank."
Earle assured viewers he was OK, explaining that "Elton's a chiller" — though she said he would, in fact, be getting a new home.
Earle told viewers her bedroom was nicknamed "the dungeon" due to its paltry, dark lighting.
"You're so brave for even giving this tour," one user wrote.
"I mean honestly I feel like this is pretty fitting for five college girls," another added. "I mean everyone is hating but it could be worse." The 22-year-old responded in agreement: "6 girls! We're killing it."
TikTok — in direct opposition to Instagram's aspirational influencer content — is home to an anti-aesthetic culture.
Julia Fox, who also received praise and weird looks for her New York City apartment tour last month, commented on Earle's video. "I love this," she wrote. Fox admitted to fans that she has a mouse problem but she, like Earle, is unbothered by pests.
In this arena, showing imperfections — like hoards of toys or a pot of $1 ramen boiling on the stove — can read as authentic, self-assured, and endearing. But not everyone appreciates it.
"When did living like this become a flex?" one commenter posed.
Representatives for Alix Earle did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.