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Charli & Dixie D’Amelio reveal why they get “freaked out” by paparazzi

Published: 16/Oct/2020 23:18

by Virginia Glaze

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Charli and Dixie D’Amelio are two of TikTok’s biggest stars — but just because they’re at the height of social media fame doesn’t mean they’re prepared for everything that stardom brings, as they revealed during a recent podcast episode.

Charli D’Amelio is currently reigning as TikTok’s undisputed queen, boasting over 93 million followers on the app — more than anyone else who has ever used platform.

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She and sister Dixie have become the veritable posterchildren for the popular video application, and have scored everything from major record deals to their own drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, between the two of them.

Considering their celebrity status, it comes as little surprise that they and other TikTokers are being assailed by paparazzi at every turn, which anyone can see with a quick look at Instagram tea pages and photographer YouTube channels.

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Although it might seem like a normal part of celebrity life, Charli and Dixie aren’t huge fans of the paparazzi, as told during an October 15 episode of their podcast, ‘2 Chix.’

During the episode, Charli called out these photographers, calling it “weird” that someone would film her eating at a restaurant.

“A lot of the time, their intention is to be like, ‘Let’s see if we can get them to say something that they didn’t want to say, or that they’re gonna regret,’” Charli said. “When it’s happening, there’s so many flashing lights and so many people. It gets really, really stressful sometimes.”

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“You don’t want to say the wrong thing, because it’s going to get taken out of context, or you’re going to be looked at as rude,” she continued. “But if you say, ‘Hey I don’t want to answer any questions,’ you get the whole, ‘Oh, she thinks she’s a celebrity, she’s so rude.’”

Big sis Dixie even revealed that she’d had a breakdown while playing cards with her family because there was “too much going on,” with everyone speaking at once “freaking her out” — similar to being crowded by the paparazzi, in her opinion.

“I never even watch the videos [from paparazzi], because I’m afraid of what I’m going to say,” Dixie admitted.

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This isn’t the first time TikTokers have hit back at the paps; Nessa Barrett similarly hit out at a photographer who filmed her crying during dinner, upset that such a vulnerable moment was shown to the entire world without her consent.

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The rise of social media stars in the world of traditional celebrities continues to bring up the topic of privacy as more and more influencers break into the mainstream space.

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BrookeAB reveals “horrific” stalking experience led to Twitch hiatus

Published: 17/Oct/2020 1:43

by Andrew Amos

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100 Thieves streaming star BrookeAB took a month-long hiatus off streaming and social media earlier in 2020. She said she was “working through something painful.” Now, she’s opened up on the “horrific” stalking experience that led to her Twitch hiatus in an emotional statement.

BrookeAB suddenly disappeared online on July 1, without so much of a hint as to why. She stopped streaming on Twitch, didn’t post on social media, and laid low.

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It was out of the ordinary for the 100 Thieves streamer, who has an active presence in the community. However, she came back a month later, revealing that she was dealing with a “painful and frightening [experience] at a personal level.”

Now, she’s opened up on some of the specifics. BrookeAB was dealing with a stalker for over six months, who was doxxing her family with “the most horrific threats you can imagine.”

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“Like countless women in gaming and frankly, too many people around the world, for the last year, I have been targeted by a handful of online stalkers and abusers that did, and continue to do, everything in their power to hurt me and those who support me with threats of murder, arson, bodily harm, job loss, and the most horrific threats you can imagine,” she said in an October 16 statement.

BrookeAB took time off social media to spend time with family, as well as work on her mental health. She also revealed that while she was offline, she was working with federal authorities in the US to help put an end to her ordeal.

With the help of law enforcement, BrookeAB has managed to find some sort of justice. She stated that “the most vile offenders” are all being held accountable ⁠— but she didn’t make mention of any charges being laid.

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“With the help of the finest experts and law enforcement specialists in the world, several of the most vile offenders have been identified, interviewed, are being closely monitored (as you read this), and will be held accountable.”

BrookeAB is using her experience with harassment and stalkers online to help other women in the gaming industry escape the same abuse. She stated that it’s a widespread problem with gaming culture, and she hopes she can provide the resources to help break the cycle.

“We must all work together to change an online culture that allows this level of hate to impact us and our new project will do just that,” she said.

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The 100 Thieves streamer has received an outpouring of support from the community, including fellow 100T members Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop and The Mob.

BrookeAB also revealed that she’ll share details about her new program to “identify [harassers and hold them criminally…accountable” in the near future.

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