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Loren Gray apologizes for using racial slurs in “insensitive” TikToks

Published: 18/Sep/2020 19:58

by Virginia Glaze

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Loren Gray is one of TikTok’s most popular content creators, boasting over 47 million followers due to her unique style, lipsyncing videos, and original songs — but she has been called out over her older content, and is now issuing an apology.

Loren Gray was once TikTok’s most-followed account, rising to the top of the video platform for a long streak before being overtaken by Charli D’Amelio in late March.

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While Gray still boasts a huge fanbase — in part due to her well-received original song “Cake” from May — critics are taking issue with her older videos, discovering TikToks where she appeared to use racial slurs while lipsyncing to certain songs.

Although Gray is a largely positive presence on social media, the star took to Twitter to issue an apology to her fans, explaining that she’d made the offensive videos when she was around 13 years old.

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This didn’t stop her from taking accountability, though, with Gray likewise claiming that she “was old enough to know better” at the time of creating the TikToks.

“All I can do is hope that my actions since then have proven that I’m not racist and never have been,” she wrote. “Uneducated, yes. And that is my fault. I do not have a discriminatory bone in my body, and I am well aware of my privilege.”

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“I’ve made very insensitive videos in the past, and I’m very happy that the world is growing and educating people like me who were obvious to the impact words can have,” she continued. “I’m very sorry and again, take full accountability.”

Thus far, the TikToker’s apology post has been met with positive reactions from fans, with many happy that Gray addressed the situation and is aware of the impact of her previous posts.

Gray is far from the first TikToker to make a lengthy apology post in response to accusations of racism; Addison Rae likewise issued an apology in July for similar allegations, as has newly-made TikTok star Bella Poarch.

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At least Gray is taking full responsibility for her actions — although, looking at past trends, this won’t be the last time a TikToke will be issuing a statement for their older videos.

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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.”

Charlie answers a question about Mark's daily photoshopping posts.
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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.