Addison Rae hits back at claims of "dropping" friends after TikTok fame - Dexerto
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Addison Rae hits back at claims of “dropping” friends after TikTok fame

Published: 26/Aug/2020 9:06

by Andrew Amos

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Addison Rae has defended herself after critics claimed she “dropped” old friends after getting a taste of fame online, saying she still keeps in touch with friends from high school and college, even being a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding.

Addison Rae has blown up over the last year. She has almost 60 million followers on TikTok, the platform she went viral on 12 months ago. It turned her life upside down ⁠— from being a college student to an online celebrity.

The 19-year-old has been in the public eye since then, which has come with its fair share of criticism. However, people are now attacking the TikTok star for “dropping” friends from her ‘past life’ in college and high school after hitting fame.

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After a TikTok of one of Addison’s high school friends, @gracieahart, went viral, critics slammed Rae for not interacting with her old acquaintances. However, she hit back, saying that she still tries to hang out with them as much as possible.

“Saying I changed and dropped old friends knowing nothing, I flew my best friend from high school to Los Angeles this year,” Rae stated.

Hart backed up Addison, who said the two still talk whenever they can. “We actually do talk when we get the chance, she’s obviously a very busy person.”

Rae also added onto her first statement, saying that she actually had more ‘friends’ from high school reach out to her after she moved to LA after becoming one of TikTok’s most popular creators.

“Once you graduate high school and move away to college, life changes. When I moved to college, no one from high school reached out to me. When I moved to LA though, everyone started to. Weird.”

 

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She stated that moving away for college also played a huge factor in her friendship circles changing. “I moved from where she lived to go to college four hours away, you tell me if you hang out with everyone from high school.”

The response has been well received by fans. After all, things do change over time ⁠— regardless of fame. However, Addison has seemingly made an effort to stay true to her roots, and still stay in touch with her childhood friends.

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Pokimane responds to transphobia accusations after Discord DMs emerge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 2:15

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Pokimane has been accused of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist after a mod tried to blame her for discriminating against a trans girl, but she apologized and maintained her innocence.

Iman ‘Pokimane’ Anys is normally in the spotlight for the right reasons. However, she’s been caught up in drama lately after leaked documents about her relationship with Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan surfaced.

Pokimane denied the allegations, and it looked like smooth sailing from here on out. But now, another incident has surfaced. It’s a serious one that has thrown her into drama yet again.

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Pokimane has been caught up in one drama after another lately.

Pokimane’s official Discord server has a role exclusive to girls, but users can’t get it unless they confirm their gender by speaking in voice chat. It’s supposed to be a failsafe way to stop male viewers from pretending to be females for trolling purposes.

However, a mod rejected a trans girl from the role. He claimed he was following orders and deflected the blame onto Pokimane. Apparently, the trans girl persisted, which ultimately lead to being banned from the server.

This sparked an uproar on social media. Some people even accused Pokimane of being a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF). Fortunately, she responded quickly and assured fans that everybody is welcome in her community.

“I’m looking into this with said mod/proof of the conversation that was held between them,” she said. [I] will [also] contact SHSLChris directly to resolve this and to assure she is welcomed properly.”

“Anyone in my community should be welcomed with open arms no matter what gender/sexuality,” she added. “I’m so sorry if anyone was made to feel otherwise, especially by a mod. That is not okay, and I’ll make sure it’s properly handled.”

“Furthermore, I’ve unmodded the person in question,” she said, implying that he acted independently.

“Again, I’m so sorry for this interaction, as it is not something I reinforce/a rule of mine, and is far from representative of my personal opinions, as I truly support the trans community.”

The key takeaway is the mod appears to have acted or interpreted the rules in his own way, and has since been unmodded.

Pokimane also maintained her innocence and claimed she is in full support of the trans community. Whether the affected user will accept her invite back into the Discord remains to be seen.