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JoJo Siwa dismisses “mean” followers after blackface accusations

Published: 26/Jun/2020 5:11

by Andrew Amos

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JoJo Siwa has hit back at “mean” followers after coming under fire for allegedly dressing up an 11-year-old actor in her latest music video in “blackface.”

Siwa’s latest music video, Nonstop, has come under fire. The circus-themed clip has been deemed offensive after allegedly featuring an 11-year-old actor in “blackface” makeup, portraying a monkey.v

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Fans have condemned the video, publicly shaming the 17-year-old star on her Twitter and Instagram accounts. Comments on her music video are also disabled.

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JoJo Siwa’s latest video has come under fire for featuring a young actor in blackface.

However, Siwa has fired back at those “mean” followers. She told fans on Instagram that she is blocking anyone “bossing [her] around,” and expressed her gratitude to those “being kind right now.”

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“This is for all the people I blocked today ⁠— peace out girl scout,” she said. “This is my Instagram and anyone who is going to be mean is not going to be allowed on here.”

 

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This is for all the people I blocked today…. peace out girl scout.✌️ This is my instagram and anyone who is going to be mean is NOT going to be allowed on here. People are bossing me around, telling me who to follow, what to post, what to like, what to say, what to do, everything. It’s not about what you do on social media it’s about what you do in real life. I said it best when I was 12 “Hide behind the screen cause their just so mean. but we don’t play it like that, we don’t even fight back”….. and now this is for everyone who is being kind right now…. thank you❤️! I really do see your posts, I really do read your captions, and I really do appreciate them. More than you know.❤️ also side note…. People went to my DOGS instagram. my DOG. to hate on me. iconic! ?

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“People are bossing me around, telling me who to follow, what to post, what to like, what to say, what to do, everything,” she continued. “It’s not about what you do on social media, it’s about what you do in real life.”

The response has only outraged the community more, who want the 17-year-old star to address the allegations.

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“Care to explain why you still haven’t reached out to apologize about putting an 11-year-old into blackface make[up] and then instead of apologizing, blocked everyone who commented, including your supporters,” one Twitter user asked.

Some have also brought up a tweet from earlier in June when the star came out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Black lives matter. Today they do, Yesterday they did, and forever they will. As they should. Everyone is equal and everyone is human. No matter your color, size, sexuality, if you are a good person, which is ALL that matters, I will stand by your side,” she said on June 2.

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The tweet and Instagram post came under fire as the star attached her logo to the cause. Siwa has also reportedly blocked followers asking her to comment further on the movement.

The Nonstop music video currently has just shy of 750,000 views on YouTube after debuting on June 20. It is also featured on YouTube Kids, which is said to promote “a safer online experience for kids.”

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Twitch streamer goes viral by posting same photo on Instagram every day

Published: 8/Oct/2020 19:26 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 19:35

by Virginia Glaze

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Twitch streamer and comedian Mark Samyal Bonanno has gone viral for posting the same photo of himself and his father to Instagram every single day — with a few humorous modifications, of course.

Every once in a while, someone gets incredibly creative with their social media presence; but with so many content creators out there nowadays, it seems like just about everything has already been done.

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This is not the case for Twitch streamer, comedian and actor Mark Bonanno, who took his Instagram game to the next level with a little inspiration from his father.

Bonanno is part of Australian absurdist comedy group Aunty Donna, which boasts an impressive YouTube presence of over 315,000 subscribers.

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Best known for their comedy sketches and humorous podcast, Aunty Donna has become quite the name in the Aussie online space, and Bonanno is showing off his comedy chops even further via his Instagram account.

A quick look at his profile will show some interesting results: His entire profile consists of a single photo posted multiple times, showing himself and his father posing in front of a blue Ford sedan.

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GOLD 104 GOOD TIMES AND GREAT CLASSIC PHOTO OF MY DAD (CHARLIE) AND ME IN FRONT OF THE WOGLYF CAR

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These photos stretch back far into his account, each with a different spin; Bonanno even recreated the photo with TF2 characters in Garry’s Mod, while others show the two in front of the famous code seen in the Matrix films or other odd backgrounds.

His latest pic (at the time of writing) shows his father’s head photoshopped into that of a velociraptor — and although it’s not exactly Jurassic Park-levels of frightening, it’s certainly worth a good laugh.

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Just the photo of my dad (Raptor) and me in front of the woglyf car. I hope neither of us turn to the darkside. Credit: @brennawin89

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Bonanno’s Instagram shenanigans have since gone viral online, earning him wide appeal as viewers can’t seem to get enough of the daily photoshopped madness of the same picture; but a cheeky Q&A session with his pater has revealed that he wasn’t actually aware the photo would turn into such a long-running gag.

In response to a fan’s question about the pic, Bonanno’s father, Charlie (real name Carmelo), wrote: “I thought it was a bit of fun. I didn’t know he was going to do this, though.”

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A cheeky Q&A sesh with Mark’s father, Charlie, revealed his humorous thoughts on the now viral daily photo project.

Shenanigans aside, it seems that Mark’s wacky undertaking has taken off in a major way, giving fans and onlookers something wild to look forward to every day.