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Dixie D’Amelio apologizes for now-deleted TikTok which included slur

Published: 21/Nov/2020 14:51

by Connor Bennett

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Social media star Dixie D’Amelio has apologized for a now-deleted TikTok where she used a sound that contained a racial slur. 

While a number of stars have been borne out of TikTok’s success, none have been quite as successful as the D’Amelio’s – Charli and Dixie. 

The sisters have a combined 143 million followers on TikTok, and millions more combined across their Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts. They’ve even got their own podcast on Spotify and a Keeping up with the Kardashians-like TV show in the works.

However, despite their success, it hasn’t been completely plain sailing. In November, the pair have come under fire – Charli for comments made about wanting to hit 100 million TikTok followers and Dixie for apparently being “disrespectful” about a dinner, and using a sound that contained racial slur during a now-deleted TikTok she has apologized for.

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Charli and Dixie have seen unrivalled success on TikTok.

In the since-deleted video, Dixie was seen dancing by herself to a sound recorded by Trisha Paytas, where she used a racial slur while singing a song. 

The D’Amelio sister quickly deleted the video and responded in the comments that she used the sound to make a point and wasn’t trying to promote the use of a racist comment. 

She followed her own response up by taking to Twitter to issue a longer apology. “I posted a TikTok with the intention of making a point that didn’t need to be made,” Dixie tweeted on November 21. “I took it down and I sincerely apologize for posting it in the first place and am so thankful for everyone.”

Plenty of supportive comments rolled in for Dixie, though there were a few negative responses as well. She offered an additional comment in a follow-up tweet, saying the TikTok was “dumb and tone-deaf” of her.

Unlike her sister losing thousands of TikTok followers, Dixie doesn’t appear to have suffered any backlash from the post as she’s received plenty of appreciative replies on Twitter.

This is likely because Trisha, whose sound was used in the video, has been under fire herself for attacking Dixie’s sister, amid the ongoing drama.

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Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.

 

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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.

 

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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
Step.com, Press Kit
Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.