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Jenna Marbles leaves YouTube following racism allegations

Published: 25/Jun/2020 23:41 Updated: 25/Jun/2020 23:46

by Virginia Glaze

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Long-time YouTuber Jenna Marbles has explained her decision to private many of her older videos following accusations of racist behavior and blackface against the star, which she addressed in a tearful video on June 25.

Jenna Marbles is one of YouTube’s most popular content creators, boasting over 20 million subscribers on the platform due to her hilarious, over-the-top content that she’s been posting for over ten years.

Marbles is also known for not getting into the drama that seems to permeate the YouTube scene, with many fans calling her an “unproblematic queen” — but in wake of many callouts against top online entertainers for past offenses, she has now spoken out about her own history.

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Jenna Marbles, Instagram
Jenna Marbles, pictured here with longtime boyfriend Julien Solomita, has been on YouTube for over ten years.

Marbles uploaded a heartfelt video on June 25 discussing her older content, explaining that she wanted to address a few videos in particular that had offended viewers, which have since been set to private.

Specifically, the YouTuber brought up a video from 2011 parodying rapper Nicki Minaj, where she wore dark tan foundation and a pink wig. Marbles explained that the makeup matched her tan, as seen after she took her wig off at the end of the video, but noted that an argument from her side paled in comparison to the hurt she may have caused regardless of her intentions.

“I don’t know how else to say this, but it doesn’t matter,” she said. “Because all that matters is that people were offended and it hurt them, and for that, I am so unbelievably sorry. This isn’t okay, and it hasn’t existed on the internet for a long time because it’s not okay.”

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Jenna Marbles, YouTube
Jenna Marbles came under fire for an older video where she parodied rapper Nicki Minaj, as seen here.

Marbles went on to address another video made in 2011 that appeared to mock Asian languages, showing the star wearing a rice hat and long mustache.

“It’s inexcusable, and it’s not okay,” she continued. “I’m incredibly sorry if this offended you. Then, now, whenever. It doesn’t need to exist.”

The star also dissected an upload from 2012 where she went on a self-described “sl*t-shaming rant,” and admitted that she’d privated videos poking fun at gender-prescribing behavior, going on to announce that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from uploading regular content.

“For now, I just can’t exist on this channel,” she said through tears. “…I think I’m just going to move on from this channel for now. I don’t know if that’s forever, I don’t know how long that’s gonna be. I wanna make sure the things I put into the world are not hurting anyone.”

Twitter later erupted with the news, with many fans expressing shock and dismay that Marbles was seemingly pressured into leaving YouTube over her older videos.

This is far from the first time Marbles has addressed backlash from her content; the star also came forward with an apology video in late February regarding a previous upload where she’d strapped her dogs into the back of her car with a special harness made for travel.

After being called out for fans for potentially hurting the animals, Marbles took to YouTube to deeply apologize for the situation and explained that she was “just trying to do the best thing that we can.”

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Jenna Marbles, YouTube
Jenna Marbles took to YouTube in late February to apologize after viewers expressed concern over a car harness she’d tested out on her dogs. Both her apology video and the original upload have been deleted.

Marbles has yet to speak further on the situation on her other social media platforms in wake of her latest video.

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TikToker Sienna Mae slammed by fans for “privileged” trip to Hawaii

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Sienna Mae faced backlash from fans after she posted a TikTok of herself going on a spontaneous trip to Hawaii.

TikToker Sienna Mae found herself at the receiving end of criticism recently after she posted a TikTok implying that she had gone to Hawaii to surprise her boyfriend, fellow TikTok star Jack Wright.

In a video posted on her TikTok, she can be seen receiving a text from her boo, who was already in Hawaii, saying how he “wished [she] was here” before throwing clothes in a suitcase, driving to the airport and surprising Wright on a Hawaiian beach.

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Due to the current health crisis, fans didn’t react well to Mae’s trip. Several TikTok users reminded Mae in the comments that “we are in a p*ndemic”, with one TikTok user quipping that they “can’t even go to the store” due to the current restrictions.

In response to the backlash, Mae commented on her original TikTok claiming that she flew to Hawaii for work and had tested negative prior to her arrival.

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TikTok: Sienna Mae
Mae reassured fans that she had tested negative and was taking all the necessary precautions during her trip.

However, for fans on Twitter, this wasn’t good enough. One user said: “She’s privileged enough to have a job that she can comfortably work from home with and make thousands of dollars a DAY. Why exactly does she have to go to Hawaii?”

Meanwhile, another Twitter user cast doubt over Mae’s claims, joking: “Yeah right! I’d like to know what job lets you run off to Hawaii! How can I get hired there?”

Mae is yet to publicly comment further on this backlash.

Who is Sienna Mae?

Sienna Mae Gomez is a California-based TikTok star who has seen exponential growth in popularity during the late summer/early autumn of this year.

Although she is only sixteen years old, she has already grown a sizeable platform due to her entertaining dance videos and content advocating for body positivity. She currently has 10.7 million followers on TikTok and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

While some TikTok stars gained their platform over time, Mae’s rise to TikTok stardom was fairly rapid, with TheNetline reporting that she gained 1.5 million TikTok followers in two weeks.

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Instagram: Sienna Mae Gomez
Alongside her work as an influencer, Sienna Mae is also an outspoken advocate for body positivity.

Many would be intimidated by such a rapid rise to fame, but in an interview with The NetLine in September, Mae said: “I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. This is what I have been saying I’ve wanted to do ever since I came out of the womb. I’m really happy and I really am thankful for the support. I am ecstatic about my TikTok fame.”

Mae has been dating Jack Wright since October, with the two confirming their relationship with a kiss at Saddle Ranch on 12 October. She met Wright at the high school they both attend.