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David Dobrik begs YouTube fans to stop showing up at his house

Published: 24/Jun/2020 7:07 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 9:38

by Isaac McIntyre

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David Dobrik has issued an impassioned plea to fans that have been getting a bit too close to the YouTube superstar and his family recently, begging them “not to come to [his] house” because it can be “a little scary” at times.

The popular YouTube personality has been largely absent from his famous vlog-dedicated channel recently, leaving his 17.8 million subscribers in the dark. It looks like some fans got fed up with waiting and visited Dobrik’s house. The star was, of course, not too keen on that.

He asked fans not to invade his privacy by turning up at his West Hollywood home, especially during his break. On top of being invasive, he said, it can get “scary” having strangers lurking around his house.

“Guys… I appreciate you guys so much. I promise! But please, please, do not come to my house,” the internet celebrity said in an Instagram story on June 23.

“If I see you out and about, come say hello! I love that,” the 23-year-old continued in his written message. “But coming to my house is a little scary. Especially ‘cause everyone is a stranger, and Mama Dobrik always says “stranger danger.”

David Dobrik has begged fans not to turn up to his house uninvited during his YouTube hiatus.
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David Dobrik has begged fans not to turn up to his house uninvited during his YouTube hiatus.

Dobrik has been on an extended hiatus from his popular YouTube vlog series during the current global lockdown. That hiatus has left fans following his day-to-day adventures on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

Luckily, the end of his absence from the video-hosting website seems to be nearing an end. Dobrik confirmed on the Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show “the end is in sight” in regards to keeping his vlogs on the back burner.

“I actually set a goal for myself,” he admitted to Fallon. “There’s a bar down the street [Saddle Ranch, in West Hollywood] that we always go to and, once it’s reopened at full capacity, I will start making videos again.”

Dobrik has uploaded just a single YouTube video since March 11.
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Dobrik has uploaded just a single YouTube video since March 11, but says he’ll be back soon.

Earlier this week, Hype House duo Nick Austin and Bryce Hall lashed out at fans that “weren’t respecting privacy” and turning up to film TikToks at their house. Tony Lopez had a similar message for Hype House superfans last week too.

“We moved because this was such a problem at our old house. We even had our property broken into multiple times. Please don’t show up to our home uninvited,” Austin said after some girls and their mom broke into the old Hype House.

TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio has also had to deal with her own fan drama in the past few days, after her VSCO account was hacked and splashed with “All Lives Matter” messages, contrary to her ongoing support of the BLM movement.

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Vinnie Hacker lashes out at “manipulative” fans after TikTok fame

Published: 22/Jan/2021 7:20

by Andrew Amos

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Vinnie Hacker has spoken out about the problems of TikTok stardom, saying some of his fans are “manipulative” and “controlling.” He echoed the sentiment that nobody is perfect, and that people should “live life and learn from it.”

The role models and idols of today appear almost out of nowhere thanks to social media. The medium also leads to a host of those celebrities being quite young.

One of them is Vinnie Hacker. The TikToker has over 5.7 million fans on the platform, as well as 2 million on Instagram. However, life in the limelight has come with its own set of problems. Hacker feels like he’s been forced to live to unreasonable standards put by his fans.

“Why do some people want to control my life. Telling me who I can and can’t talk to. Saying that you’ll only allow me to be with “this person.” Grow up. Don’t be manipulative,” he said in a TikTok.

“You preach against manipulation and then go on and make sure that they live a life that’s satisfying to you and not them. One mistake and a person’s career is over in this area of work.”

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“In the eyes of the internet, people are subjected to be role models. And people say to not set unnecessary standards for others, but wouldn’t you think a life without mistakes and growth and perfection is more of a high standard than learning and growing?”

He also said that once you get thrown into the social media machine, you can’t really pull yourself out. Ultimately, these stars live and die by their fans’ judgment.

“Once it gets past that breaking point to where someone becomes relevant, the assumptions come and get dragged along with them. Privacy is invaded and people try to tell them how to live their lives. You end up not being your own person, but the internet’s person.”

These comments come as Hacker takes a break from Twitch streaming to focus on his personal life.

“Taking a break from streaming for quite a while. I don’t really feel to explain. A lot of personal stuff, on top of the unfortunate stuff that happens whilst streaming. Something always goes wrong. I might begin again, I might not,” he said.