2023 TikTok Awards: Aussies erupt over toe-curling moment influencer Sopha Dopha, 19, accuses ABC host Tony Armstrong of ‘flirting’ with her – as misunderstanding that led to gaffe is revealed

Teen influencer Sopha Dopha has suffered another blow in the aftermath of her humiliating interaction with host Tony Armstrong at the 2023 TikTok Awards on Wednesday night. 

At the awards show, the 19-year-old, real name Sophia Begg, accused the ABC presenter, 34, of flirting with her despite the fact he just went public with his new girlfriend. 

‘How are you feeling? You look ecstatic and I’m pumped for you,’ Tony said as he addressed Sophia who was nominated for the Creator of the Year award. 

‘Thank you. Wow! Stop flirting with me!’ Sophia replied, prompting scattered laughter in the audience. 

Aussies erupted online and Sophia’s fans turned on her when the embarrassing moment went viral. 

Aussie influencer Sopha Dopha has suffered another blow in the aftermath of her humiliating interaction with host Tony Armstrong at the 2023 TikTok Awards on Wednesday night 

They soon worked out what went so badly wrong: Sopha appeared to not understand the word ‘ecstatic’ and believed it was somehow a physical compliment, such as ‘exquisite’.

‘She definitely doesn’t know what ecstatic means,’ one wrote. 

‘Doesn’t understand the word ecstatic but wants to be a doctor,’ another said, referencing the dream Sophia of going into the medical field.

One wrote on TikTok, ‘Does she not know what ecstatic means?’ while another added: ‘The silence is deafening.’.

‘Omg the second hand embarrassment this gave me,’ someone else wrote. 

‘She clearly didn’t understand the word ecstatic and first reaction was to accuse him of flirting,’ another said.

‘I literally struggle to watch this,’ one chimed in. ‘The fact that nobody laughed says it all. This girl needs her accounts deleted.’

Others criticised the profession of being an influencer, writing: ‘Morons as influencers no wonder we are going down hill face.’

Another wrote, ‘Not known as ThickTok without reason’.

Aussies erupted online and Sophia's fans turned on her when the embarrassing moment went viral

Aussies erupted online and Sophia’s fans turned on her when the embarrassing moment went viral

Others criticised the profession of being an influencer, writing: 'Morons as influencers no wonder we are going down hill face'

Others criticised the profession of being an influencer, writing: ‘Morons as influencers no wonder we are going down hill face’

Some of Sophia’s fans tried to rally around her and provide support, with one writing: ‘Soph is only 19. She was nervous. Give her a break.’

‘I say really awkward things when I’m nervous too and then feel extremely embarrassed,’ another commented.

A third said: ‘It’s just sarcasm and a bit of banter.’

Some of Sophia's fans tried to rally around her and provide support, with one writing: 'Soph is only 19. She was nervous. Give her a break'

Some of Sophia’s fans tried to rally around her and provide support, with one writing: ‘Soph is only 19. She was nervous. Give her a break’

Sophia was left red faced on Wednesday night after she made the humiliating mistake during an interview with Tony at the TikTok Awards. 

She was sitting in the audience when host Tony Armstrong approached her for an on-camera interview. 

Footage of their brief chat has since gone viral after Sophia bizarrely told the TV presenter, 34, to stop flirting with her – despite the fact that he has a girlfriend. 

The AFL star responded with a brutal slap down, telling the blonde teen ‘had a hard launch this week, mate. Don’t know if you caught the news…’ , referring to his new relationship with girlfriend Rona Glynn-McDonald.

Aussies erupted online and Sophia's fans turned on her when the embarrassing moment went viral

Aussies erupted online and Sophia’s fans turned on her when the embarrassing moment went viral 

The audience roared with laughter as Tony continued: ‘That was not flirting, that was flattery.’ 

Visibly embarrassed, Sophia covered her mouth with one hand, before finally composing herself to reply: ‘No, thank you. I’m happy to be here.’ 

Ever the seasoned professional, Tony brushed off the awkwardness by asking Sophia how she was feeling about the prospect of winning Creator of the Year. 

‘Yeah, I’m very excited. Very nervous, but excited for everyone up for the nomination,’ she replied. 

They roasted her for not knowing what the word 'ecstatic' means, with one person saying: 'She definitely doesn't know what ecstatic means'

They roasted her for not knowing what the word ‘ecstatic’ means, with one person saying: ‘She definitely doesn’t know what ecstatic means’ 

It came shortly after Sophia lost out the award for Creator of the Year to mummy blogger Indy Clinton.  

The blonde later ended her evening by visiting a Maccas drive-through in Sydney to drown her sorrows, sharing a snap of her fast food order to Instagram Stories. 

On the menu for the night was a large Quarter Pounder meal, large Coke Zero, Filet-O-Fish and a medium fries.

With the meal coming to a grand total of $28.50, Sophie captioned the photo: ‘Ofc a sneaky Maccas run on the way home.’

Sophie lost out the award for Creator of the Year to mummy blogger Indy Clinton (pictured)

Sophie lost out the award for Creator of the Year to mummy blogger Indy Clinton (pictured)  

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