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Addison Rae under fire for “racist” Instagram live stream

Published: 29/Jun/2020 21:28

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Addison Rae is facing backlash from fans after a video surfaced from a past Instagram live stream that appeared to show her tricking fellow TikTokker Kio Cyr into saying a racial slur.

Addison Rae is one of TikTok’s most popular content creators, boasting over 48 million followers on the app due to her viral lip syncing and dancing videos.

On par with names like Charli D’Amelio and Loren Gray, Addison Rae was rarely involved in online drama — until late June of 2020, when fans took issue with a moment captured in an Instagram live stream with Kio Cyr.

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TikTok star Addison Rae is a massive face on the viral video platform with over 48 million followers.

In the stream, Rae sits and talks with Cyr, who recently made headlines due to his shocking breakup with ex-girlfriend Olivia Ponton. While the two chat, Rae covers her mouth and seems to whisper to Cyr to “say the ‘n-word.’”

“No!” Cyr shouts in response, prompting Rae to clarify her request with an, “I’m kidding!”

“Luckily, your Live just froze when you said that,” Rae says a few moments later after Cyr claimed he “didn’t want to be the next ‘Melanin King.’”

The moment quickly went viral online, with many fans speaking out against Rae for her purported racist comment.

“Lmao, Addison Rae said the n word, and y’all are just sliding past that?” one critic Tweeted about the scandal.

“Addison rae shared a video that said the Black Lives Matter movement is a cult, told another TikTokker to say the n word on live, insulted Charli, but hardly anyone batted an eye at her because she’s pretty,” another commented. “Pretty privilege is real and it’s insanely ridiculous.”

While Rae has yet to speak out about the moment via her own social media accounts, some fans are arguing that she had asked Cyr if he had said a racial slur, rather than asking him to say it. This possibility is one that he himself has backed up, as told in an Instagram comment replying to the backlash.

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TikTokker Kio Cyr has since spoken out about the outrage, claiming that Rae had asked him if he’d said a racial slur and did not ask him to say it.

Rae’s mother has also published several statements via Twitter, and while they do not directly address the video, some fans are convinced they’re subtweets about the situation.

“I’ve always been a person to see the good in people,” she wrote. “I’m genuinely losing hope in people and that makes me so sad.”

This isn’t the first time Rae has come under fire, by far; the star also faced criticism for dancing to a song that contained lyrics about eating disorders, as well as for liking comments in 2019 that appeared to shade Charli D’Amelio.

Stay tuned to Dexerto for more on this developing story.

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Jake Paul claims he’s hospitalized ahead of Mike Tyson undercard fight

Published: 29/Oct/2020 19:32

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star Jake Paul shook up the boxing world after being confirmed for the upcoming Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. exhibition match — but his statement from a recent press conference is sparking rumors that he may not be fit to compete.

The youngest Paul brother boasts a short, if successful, boxing history; after defeating fellow influencer Deji on the undercard of Logan Paul’s August 2018 bout, Jake took his talents to the professional level, taking out YouTuber AnEsonGib in a first round KO in January 2020.

Now, Jake has been confirmed to fight on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. against ex-NBA star Nate Robinson — but some are wondering if he’ll even appear in the ring.

An October 29 press conference saw an unexpected development from Jake’s side, with the YouTuber-turned-boxing pro appearing from what seemed to be a hospital room.

 

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ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani was understandably taken aback by the scenery, and asked Jake where he was — which lead to a surprising, if a bit humorous, answer.

“Uh, I’m just chilling man, I came to the hospital to get a little check up,” he replied.

When asked why he was at the hospital, the YouTuber had an even more astonishing response: “We were having a little morning practice, and my team was afraid that I was turning into Iron Man. I punched a hole through a car.”

Needless to say, it seems like Robinson isn’t worried if his opponent will show up on fight night, claiming that Paul “has to show up” in spite of his purported injury.

However, some fans are claiming that they think Paul has a black eye, or even a broken nose, although his mask admittedly makes it a bit difficult to see if these alleged injuries are for real.

This isn’t the first time Jake has taken a trip to the hospital before a fight, and it may not be his last — but considering his ambition and near-constant training, fans can expect that he will turn up for the show (although whether he will “turn out” is still up in the air).