A 23-year-old New Yorker has gone viral with her push to help people across the country make new friends after hers were cruelly exposed excluding her on TikTok.
Marissa Meizz first gained social media attention when TikTok user @drewbdoobdoo sought her out after overhearing a group of her friends devising a plan to intentionally exclude her from a birthday party.
‘I hate to be the one to stick my nose where it doesn’t belong. But if your name’s Marissa, please listen up,’ Drew said in a video. He explained that he was walking by her friends in the park and that they intentionally chose to plan a party while she was out of town.
Meizz, who revealed that she was the woman targeted by the friend group in Drew’s video, was met with an outpour of support from other users on the platform and decided to host an in-person meet-up with her new internet friends.
Since the first picnic get together in New York City, Meizz has started the No More Lonely Friends club and hosted meet-ups across the nation.
A 23-year-old New York woman has gone viral for starting a club to meet new friends after she learned her so-called friends had intentionally excluded her from an event
So many people contacted Marissa Meizz after the incident, requesting to be her friends that she decided to host a picnic in Central Park. 200 people attended the event
Meizz told DailyMail.com that several people had sent her Drew’s TikTok video asking if it was about her.
After some investigation, Drew and Meizz determined the people he overheard talking in the park were indeed her so-called friends.
She said thousands of social media users reached out to her after the incident saying things like: ‘We should be friends,’ ‘Keep your head up,’ and ‘This happened to me too’.
‘People were pouring their lives out in my DMs and kept saying they were lonely,’ she explained. ‘So, I made a video the next day and said ‘let’s all meet up at one time”.
The influencer says her friends did not attempt to contact her after they were exposed, and that she has not heard from them since.
Meizz hosted her first picnic meet-up in Central Park and nearly 200 people attended. She posted a video of the event, which also went viral.
‘People kept commenting, ‘Come to my city, come to my city,” she said. Meizz drove to the nearby cities of Boston and Philadelphia to host meet-ups there as well.
Meizz has hosted nine meet-ups in total since, some as far away as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
She has another picnic scheduled for next Saturday in Washington D.C. and plans hold more throughout the rest of the year.
TikTok user @drewbdoobdoo (left) first posted the viral video alerting Meizz of her friends’ conversation. He and Meizz (pictured together on right) have since become great friends
Meizz has hosted nine picnics so far, which another one scheduled for next weekend
‘It is so fun to have all these people come to the picnics,’ Meizz shared. ‘They are all here for the same thing — to have a good time.’
Meizz said the turn-out has been astonishing. She has had participants as young as teenagers, with the oldest attendees in their 70s.
‘It’s a very large demographic,’ she said, sharing how she had a group of mothers attend one picnic.
‘They met in the comments section of my video, decided to go the picnic together. They even went to brunch together,’ said Meizz.
Meizz, who moved to New York City last November amid the pandemic, is so happy that she is able to host these meet-ups and help other people who are looking to expand their social circles. She believes the people she met through her picnics could become lifelong friends.
The No More Lonely Friends club has held picnics in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco (pictured)
‘My whole entire friend group is from No More Lonely Friends,’ she shared.
As for the so-called friends who intentionally hosted a party without her, Meizz said she doesn’t associate with them any longer.
They have not contacted her since she went viral or apologized for their actions.
She has, however, become very close with Drew – the TikTokker whose video kickstarted the whole chain of events.
Meizz said the picnics are completely self-funded. She is currently selling merchandise on her website to promote the club, as well as attempt to off-set her travel expenses.
Meizz said the picnics are completely self-funded. She is currently selling merchandise on her website to promote the club, as well as attempt to off-set her travel expenses
‘My whole entire friend group is from No More Lonely Friends,’ she shared. Anyone interested in learning more about No More Lonely Friends is encouraged to follow her social media pages