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Jenna issues second apology in wake of racism and homophobia scandal

Published: 17/Jan/2020 1:05

by Andrew Amos

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Twitch personality Jenna has issued another apology in the aftermath of offensive messages from her Discord being made public, saying that she “understands what [she] did was incredibly wrong.”

The streamer has been embroiled in controversy this week over racist and homophobic messages she sent in her Discord server were made public on Reddit.

Over 30 examples were shared, dating back from 2016 to as recently as December 2019. The thread, shared on /r/livestreamfail, peaked at over 30,000 upvotes and hit the website’s front page before being deleted.

Reddit post on /r/livestreamfail about Jenna
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The post detailing Jenna’s offensive remarks made front page Reddit.

While she issued an initial apology on stream saying that she “doesn’t remember doing any of this,” she took some time away from the platform to reflect on her actions and prepared another one.

“I wanted to think about all my actions, the things I said, the things I did, to really look deep inside and ask myself if that’s the person I want to be,” she said. “I don’t ever think ignorance is a valid excuse which is why I want to educate myself about all of these issues very well.”

She said that she “hurt so many people with [her] words,” which included the use of the n-word, as well as homophobic, anti-semetic, ableist, and xenophobic slurs.

“I wanted to apologize for the absolutely horrible and harmful behaviors I exhibited in my Discord, both recently and in the past,” she said. “I’m now aware how saying these kinds of words can affect people and I’m learning to reform the way I speak to and about others.”

She also acknowledged the story about forcibly kissing her friend, which led to allegations of sexual assault being leveled against the streamer. She mentioned that it was “irresponsible in reflecting on the story without giving the full context.”

“I want to be clear that I think all sexual assault is wrong and I don’t advocate for any acts that are pressured or forced or made uncomfortable for anyone even if the situation may seem innocent.”

Jenna apologizes on Twitch stream
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Jenna’s initial apology was criticized for not being sincere.

Jenna said that she was “blindsided” by the Reddit post, and wasn’t expecting it to blow up. “I know that this situation was brought up entirely out of nowhere, and to be honest it blindsided me because I didn’t understand the weight of my actions.”

The streamer mentioned that she is going to work on “changing” herself after “this life-changing experience.”

“I am truly grateful for this life-changing experience because it has caused me to open my eyes to the reality of my harmful words and behavior. I truly do care for people, and I genuinely am sorry if I ever hurt anyone with my words.

“I want people to simply exist in peace without feeling unaccepted, misunderstood, or that they aren’t loved. I hope that this change in myself and my community will help these goals be reached.”

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Jenna has over 250,000 followers on Twitch, and is a partner on the platform.

Jenna, who is a Twitch partner, has not faced repercussions from the company as of January 16.

While the messages were made off the platform, the community guidelines state that Twitch “may take action against users for hateful conduct or harassment that occurs off Twitch services” that’s targeted at other Twitch users.

She has not indicated when she will return to the platform.

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Dixie D’Amelio officially drops music video featuring Wiz Khalifa

Published: 4/Dec/2020 19:26 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 19:31

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio has finally dropped her long-awaited music video with rapper Wiz Khalifa, which initially sparked so much controversy among fans that she deleted a teaser for the tune two days prior to its release.

Dixie D’Amelio is more than TikTok royalty; alongside her impressive 45 followers on the viral video app, Dixie has also signed a major record deal with Hitco, releasing her own original music.

While her single ‘Be Happy’ was met with general acclaim among her fans, her subsequent song ‘One Whole Day’ was instantly met with vitriol among TikTok users, with many criticizing the star for her lyrics and singing ability.

In fact, the hate got so bad that D’Amelio promptly deleted her teaser for the song two days before its official release, sparking conversation — once again — about the brutal nature of TikTok’s userbase.

“I’m just trying to have fun,” Dixie said of the fiasco. “I love music and photoshoots. But I’m losing passion for everything now.”

“I literally can’t be excited about ANYTHING,” she added.

However, it looks like the trolls couldn’t stop her from releasing the official song on December 4, the music video for which already has 494,000 views at the time of writing — and we have to admit, it’s a certified bop! (Don’t blame us if it gets stuck in your ears for the next week, though.)

Dixie appears to have gotten over the backlash, too; she even uploaded satirical TikTok where she feigned crying as a duet to a user who mocked those currently criticizing the song.

@dixiedamelio##duet with @user768jjy3no7 i understand u dont like me but bullying is not okay!!! 😭😭♬ original sound – Dixie D’Amelio

Dixie likewise hit out at critics in a paparazzi interview on December 3, giving haters a good piece of her mind regarding the shocking amount of backlash she received.

“Everyone judges a song over the first five seconds,” the TikToker exclaimed. “I get it, but give constructive criticism. Don’t tell me to f**king go to therapy for a song you don’t like!”

(Dixie’s statement starts at 1:36)

However, it seems that reviews for ‘One Whole Day’ are still mixed — but it doesn’t look like Dixie is letting the trolls bring her down, anymore. You go girl!