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Dixie D’Amelio addresses backlash over liking “transphobic” tweets

Published: 6/Aug/2020 0:02 Updated: 6/Aug/2020 0:05

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio has published a statement addressing tweets she’d liked from 2018, which included some comments that many deemed to be fatphobic and transphobic regarding Victoria’s Secret models.

Dixie D’Amelio is one of the net’s fastest-rising social media personalities, best known for her viral dance videos and being the big sister of TikTok queen Charli D’Amelio.

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Despite her popularity, Dixie has come under fire as of late, after leaked screenshots showed that she had liked tweets from 2018 that many critics found to be problematic.

The tweets in question centered around Victoria’s Secret’s previous stance on not allowing plus-sized and transgender models to walk the runway, as told by chief marketing officer of L Brands, Ed Razek.

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Dixie D'Amelio smiles for a selfie.
Instagram: Dixie D'Amelio
TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio has come forward with an apology after critics slammed her over liking divisive tweets from 2018.

The tweets in question appeared to echo these sentiments, with one stating, “People are too sensitive nowadays. Not everyone has to accomodate to what you want because it hurts your feelings.”

“NASA doesn’t want my college dropout a** flying the space shuttles, and you don’t see me crying,” another read.

Dixie D'Amelio's liked Tweet from 2018.

“Sensitive people are gonna destroy the human race,” read yet another.

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Dixie D'Amelio's liked Tweet from 2018.

After catching flak from just about everyone on the internet — with many finding the liked tweets to be highly offensive — Dixie took to social media to address the outrage, revealing that she’s already made a statement on the tweets beforehand.

Dixie D'Amelio's liked Tweet from 2018.

“I was so uneducated on everything, and I know that’s not an excuse, but I do everything in my power now to educate myself properly on every topic,” Dixie explained. “…I have my own body image issues, so I would never want to bring anyone else down again.”

“I spread so much love and positivity toward anyone, and I would never spread hate or harmfulness on something I was educated on,” she continued.

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Dixie D'Amelio apologizes for liking older Tweets.
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Dixie D’Amelio apologized for having liked the divisive Tweets and claimed she would have never done so had she been educated on the topics they addressed.

Thus far, it seems that Dixie’s response has been met with mixed reviews among critics — but it seems like Dixie’s tweets in wake of the drama are more focused on her recent split from ex-boyfriend and fellow TikToker Griffin Johnson.

While both Dixie and Charli have come under the microscope before, this marks the latest controversy surrounding the D’Amelios, who have even hired security after receiving threats and even being swatted at their home.

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Addison Rae’s “awkward” BBMA presentation for Harry Styles goes viral

Published: 15/Oct/2020 19:09

by Virginia Glaze

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The Billboard Music Awards kicked off on the night of October 14, and TikTok star Addison Rae was one of the personalities conscripted to host them; but her presentation for winner Harry Styles didn’t go as planned.

Addison Rae is one of TikTok’s most popular (and highest paid) content creators, boasting well over 40 million followers on the app for her cutesy choreography and bubbly, Southern personality.

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As one of the net’s biggest celebrities, it came as little surprise that she was assigned to help host the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, alongside fellow TikToker Spencer Polanco Knight and even singer Kelly Clarkson.

However, her presentation for ‘Watermelon Sugar’ singer and One Direction member Harry Styles wasn’t well-received, with many on the net taking issue with her “awkward” demeanor on-stage.

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In fact, it doesn’t seem that Rae even opened up the envelope when she presented his award, which she accepted “on his behalf,” since he couldn’t be present at the Los Angeles Dolby Theater for the ceremony.

Her mannerisms incited quite a bit of criticism from online viewers, who found her stage presence to be less-than-ideal, with some also taking issue with a social media influencer taking part in such a prestigious event.

“Why was that the most awkward presentation… EVER?” one critic wrote.

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“I feel awkward… does anyone else feel awkward?” another chimed in.

“She looks like she is in a funeral,” one user quipped. “Also, the way in how she announced that Harry won is so cringy. Like girl, put some emotion in it, ‘cause its Harry freaking Styles who you’re talking about, not a TikTok dancer.”

Although Rae has yet to respond to the criticism she’s received since presenting Harry’s award, it certainly is exciting to see influencers break into the space of traditional celebrities — although there’s bound to be some bumps in the road along the way.

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