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Madison Beer explains why she isn’t actually leaving “hateful” TikTok

Published: 28/Apr/2020 22:43

by Virginia Glaze

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Music artist and social media celeb Madison Beer shocked fans by announcing an unexpected hiatus from TikTok, calling the app “hateful” and citing issues with body shaming comments — but it doesn’t seem like her break is as permanent as viewers first believed.

Aside from her musical career, Madison Beer is also a popular presence on social media, boasting over seven million followers on TikTok and over 17 million on Instagram due to her unique look and viral videos.

However, it seems that Beer has grown tired of TikTok, as evidenced by a slew of comments the star made on the application that revealed her struggles with the platform’s negative outlook on female creators’ bodies.

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“This might be my last TikTok for a bit, my loves,” the “Stained Glass” singer began. “The energy on this app is draining me. So much hate and negativity. It’s all I see these days.”

“I’m tired of seeing a girl dance on my fyp, only to go to the comments and see people making fun of her body or something,” she continued. “It hurts me. So much.”

Despite the severity of her comments, it doesn’t seem that Beer’s hiatus from the app will be as long as fans feared, with the star returning on Instagram Live with a message clarifying her stance on the subject.

According to the singer, she didn’t mean she was officially “done” with the platform in her posts, instead explaining that she merely needed to take a short breather from the “negativity” on the app.

“I made a statement saying that I was going to be done with TikTok, and that I’m going off TikTok, and that’s not necessarily true,” she clarified. “I basically just said that I think I need to take a break from posting, maybe. I don’t really know what my point was from my post.”

Beer isn’t the only creator speaking out against body shaming on the site, by far; in fact, TikTok’s most-followed star, Charli D’Amelio, addressed hateful comments just a day later in a series of pointed Tweets.

“STOP TALKING ABOUT MY BODY!” the star Tweeted. “It’s not your place to tell me if I’m losing weight or gaining weight.”

With other names like Dixie D’Amelio and even Addison Rae also fighting against body shaming on TikTok, Beer’s comments mark just another instance of content creators getting frustrated with negativity on the viral video app.

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.