Tom Cruise impersonator Jerome LeBlanc kicked off Instagram for pretending to be someone

The Tom Cruise lookalike was fired on Instagram for “pretending to be someone,” ruining his business in the process.

Jerome LeBlanc, 33, of Quebec, Canada, and a resident of San Diego, California has been removed from the social media platform for violating one of its ‘App Community Guidelines’ that prevent people from impersonating others.

Instagram’s rules state: “Creating an account to impersonate someone is against our Community Guidelines and may result in your account being removed.”

The app further advises: “Don’t pretend to be the real individual or the brand. This includes: speaking out or portraying yourself as an individual, a brand or an organization. Misrepresenting your relationship to the individual, brand or organization.”

Jerome LeBlanc, 33, built his Tom Cruise-like company over 10 years but has now launched on Instagram.

Jerome LeBlanc, 33, built his Tom Cruise-like company over 10 years but has now launched on Instagram.

LeBlanc impersonates the real Tom Cruise and his character Maverick, pictured, from the 1986 movie Top Gun

LeBlanc impersonates the real Tom Cruise and his character Maverick, pictured, from the 1986 movie Top Gun

Blessed with a good looks who oddly looks like the real Tom Cruise, LeBlanc was able to find work impersonating the Top Gun actor and built his Instagram over the course of six years.

Having gained more than 30 thousand followers, his sudden removal from Instagram led to a sharp decline in business.

“It was such a huge blow for a self-employed person like me to lose an account that has brought me so much business,” LeBlanc told DailyMail.com.

LeBlanc was first banned from the podium in June 2021. He resumed and reinstated before being suspended for good weeks after that.

Instagram has fired LeBlanc twice for 'impersonating' and violating the app's community guidelines.  Filmed during a meet and greet with fans in 2020

Instagram has fired LeBlanc twice for ‘impersonating’ and violating the app’s community guidelines. Filmed during a meet and greet with fans in 2020

LeBlanc often appears in person at military-themed events

LeBlanc often appears in person at military-themed events

I tried to resume deactivating my account – explaining that I’m impersonating a fictional character, but no luck. They said “I was pretending to be a person, and my name doesn’t match the account”. Of course I wasn’t pretending to be anyone, I was just impersonating a fictional character.

LeBlanc set out to provide Instagram documents that we hope will see the Facebook-owned company reconsider. LeBlanc provided them with information including a business license showing they owned a similar company, but the decision was a “no”.

I started to resume three times a day for weeks. Finally I got a different response, they said I either need a lawyer or someone acting on my behalf to prove my legality. So I hired a lawyer. After losing thousands of dollars during the process, and spending thousands on a lawyer trying to get my account back. LeBlanc explained that they did not even respond to my lawyer.

LeBlanc has now had to switch to TikTok to build business.  Filmed in 2021

LeBlanc has now had to switch to TikTok to build business. Filmed in 2021

LeBlanc says he doesn't believe the real Tom Cruise, pictured above, is responsible for his removal from Instagram while others have suggested it might be.

LeBlanc says he doesn’t believe the real Tom Cruise, pictured above, is responsible for his removal from Instagram while others have suggested it might be.

It affected my business greatly due to the fact that my instagram was basically a San Diego affiliate. Where I live. Also, and on top of that… all of this is happening during a pandemic where we need to maintain physical distance.

Before heading online, LeBlanc began impersonating Cruise’s Maverick from Top Gun, on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles at the age of 23, posing with tourists.

More recently, when not appearing in person at parties or larger events like San Diego Comic Con for fees running into the thousands, LeBlanc has been generating income by creating personal videos for those who order them for $80 at a time.

Despite speaking French as a first language, LeBlanc trained himself to master Tom Cruise’s perfect laugh, a trademark of the Syracuse-born superstar.

Now married with two children, his impersonation role is his full-time job.

Since Instagram launched, LeBlanc has been forced to start over and has now switched to TikTok and Cameo.

LeBlanc began impersonating Cruise Maverick from Top Gun, on Hollywood Blvd pictured above, in Los Angeles at the age of 23, posing with tourists

LeBlanc began impersonating Cruise Maverick from Top Gun, on Hollywood Blvd pictured above, in Los Angeles at the age of 23, posing with tourists

On TikTok, he quickly managed to build a loyal fan base of more than 530,000 followers. However, he remains disappointed with the way Instagram has been treated.

My career has mainly been a meet-and-greet and appearance and because of this platform I have survived the whole pandemic making videos for people and have never received any unemployment. I am very disappointed that a platform so huge won’t have a customer service system with real people responsive.

LeBlanc says he doesn’t think the real actor is behind his comment but said Cruise might be we will She had some influence behind the scenes.

In November I tried to appeal again but the email address simply bounced, so I have certainly been denied the appeal process at this point.

Despite six frustrating months, LeBlanc remains humble. “I am very grateful for a career that has been not only interesting for me, but also enjoyable for others. The exchange of energy that this work brings is quite remarkable.

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