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Liza Koshy apologizes for mocking Japanese in video with David Dobrik

Published: 29/Jun/2020 12:19

by Alice Hearing

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Former vlog squad member Liza Koshy has issued an apology on Twitter, after facing backlash from fans for mocking the Japanese language in videos with David Dobrik.

Liza Koshy is a former member of the vlog squad and YouTuber. She shot to fame after she started her Vine account in 2013, and has since established herself as an actress and presenter, as well as a social media star.

She has 17.8 million YouTube subscribers and 18.4 million Instagram followers. Liza dated David Dobrik from 2015 to 2018, and the pair still occasionally collaborate.

Last week, a video from 2016 resurfaced of Liza and David trying ‘foreign’ candy together where they pretended to speak Japanese. At one point David says: “It’s not racist, that’s like the sounds I hear when they talk,” while Liza adds: “No, it’s not racist as long as I keep saying ‘no'” and responds in that way each time David makes an offensive joke.

On June 21, a TikTokker uploaded a clip of the video in question captioned: “Why is no one talking about this? It’s a clear example of the normalized racism against Asians.” The clip has 73,000 likes and 1.4 million views and caused some outrage.

One user in the comments wrote: “They really filmed that, edited the video, rewatched it, and still thought it was okay to post that???”

The TikTok was also shared to Twitter and liked over a thousand times.

@callmesukiwiWhy is no one talking about this? It’s a clear example of the normalized racism against Asians @daviddobrik @lizzza ##fyp ##asian♬ original sound – callmesukiwi

In a post to Twitter and Instagram, Liza wrote: “While we focus on systemic anti-black racism in our country, I’ve been hesitant to center my voice. My work has been within but I now recognize and take responsibility for the times I was not the ally I am becoming today. Being anti-racist requires a personal reckoning, and I can’t in good faith continue to use my platform for progress without taking accountability myself.

“I am taking inventory, taking initiative, and taking note that my impact and influence will weigh greater than my intention. What I once thought of as “innocent jokes” were actually tainted with implicit bias, and what might have been intended as “playful” was actually to some, incredibly painful. And for that, I am so sorry.

“As a woman of color and a self-defined “little brown girl.” I have experienced the harm of prejudices in my own life. However, this really does not exempt me from the responsibility of acknowledging the times I’ve unknowingly perpetuated racist ideas…

“…It takes a combination of individual and collective reckoning with our past to heal and move forward together. Consider this my resignation from ignorance, and my declaration as an ally in action. I will give grace, make space, and break these damn systems in place like my life depends on it.”

David Dobrik is yet to respond to the allegations against him and Liza.

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Jake Paul KO’s Nate Robinson in just two rounds: recap

Published: 29/Nov/2020 4:20 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 4:32

by Connor Bennett

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After months of back-and-forth, Jake Paul and Nate Robinson finally stepped into the squared circle for their highly-anticipated boxing matchup, but Jake Paul dominated and wrapped it up early.

YouTubers strapping on boxing gloves and squaring up with one another was a trend kicked off by KSI and Joe Weller back in 2018. Since then, the concept has exploded – including KSI forging rivalries with the Paul brothers and fighting Logan Paul in a professional bout in Los Angeles. 

Typically, it has been all about a YouTuber fighting another content creator, but Jake Paul’s next fight was a little different. He fought former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of the Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. exhibition bout, and it was a dominant performance.

Jake Paul done with YouTube
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Paul and Robinson have been going back-and-forth for months, with their fight being delayed previously.

Jake Paul dominates Nate Robinson, Round 2 KO

Nate Robinson looked anxious right out of the gate, but it didn’t stop him from having an energetic start. He came in with his fists flying and tried to assert his dominance early on, although he looked a little clumsy at times.

Still, it wasn’t long before Jake Paul’s superior experience and skillset started to show. He dished out a series of calculated strikes and hugs to stop Nate in his tracks. It totally slowed down the momentum and even reversed it.

From that point onwards, Jake Paul was never in doubt. He downed Nate Robinson towards the end of the first round, but the former NBA star managed to get back on his feet and stay in the fight.

However, it didn’t last much longer. Jake Paul continued to dominate in the second round and sent Nate crashing down once again. He managed to get up one last time, but Jake Paul absolutely flattened him with an impressively powerful punch to knock him out and seal the deal.

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. fight card

As for who else was in action on the card, it wasn’t full of YouTubers or other side shows like some of Paul’s other fights, but instead, actual professional bouts. Former undefeated light-heavyweight star Badou Jack was in action, moving to Cruiserweight, while the highly anticipated matchup between Tyson and Jones Jr was an electrifying affair.

  • Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr
  • Jake Paul vs Nate Robinson
  • Badou Jack vs Blake McKernan
  • Hasim Rahman Jr vs Rashad Coulter
  • Jamaine Ortiz vs Nahir Albright
  • Irvin Gonzalez vs Edward Vasquez
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs Nick Jones

All in all, it was an impressive performance by Jake Paul. Of course, he was widely expected to win since he’s been in the game for longer than Nate Robinson.

Still, he moved and punched like a true professional, and has already set his sights on what’s next.