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Nessa Barrett apologizes after backlash over “racist” TikTok

Published: 11/Apr/2020 11:57 Updated: 11/Apr/2020 12:31

by Calum Patterson

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One of TikTok’s biggest stars, Nessa Barrett, has apologized after a video she posted dancing to sound of the Quran being read aloud after it was labeled “racist”. She says that she was not aware that the audio was a reading from the holy text.

Barrett boasts over 6 million followers on TikTok, and is closely associated with other stars in content houses such as the Hype House, as well as being in a relationship with another popular TikTokker and YouTuber, Josh Richards.

The 17-year-old has since deleted the video, which many called offensive, and has apologized, claiming that neither she or her friend knew the source of the audio.

In an Instagram Live, Barrett defended herself, explaining “My step-siblings and stepmom are from Egypt and all that stuff. I know that it could have been taken offensively.”

She then apologized for any offense caused, saying “I just want to apologize for anyone who took it that way and was offended. I think… I’m sorry for anyone who practices that religion.”

Her apology did little to quell the criticism though. “Having a Muslim stepmom doesn’t justify what you did,” one comment read.

 

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Many also doubted that Barrett was unaware that it was from the Quran, as the original caption on the video read “I’m Muslim and I oop-.”

Barrett claimed in her Instagram Live that she had simply stumbled upon the audio while browsing the ‘For You’ page on TikTok, and thought it was “cute.”

Barrett’s boyfriend Josh Richards commented on the controversy in an Instagram Live, saying “I had no idea what it was either when I first saw the video, I didn’t know that was the Quran.”

In response to people who said her first apology “wasn’t good enough”, Nessa released another TikTok to apologize further. “I am truly and deeply sorry to those who I have offended, I love people of all races, religions, shapes, and sizes.”

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She reiterated that she first saw the video of an “old man” and that if she had “known that it was something so sacred, I would never have used it.”

Barrett concluded by saying that the hate she was receiving was “really hard to handle, and it’s also coming at my friends and family, which is completely unacceptable, as it was my mistake, and not theirs.”

Barrett’s second apology video has racked up over 3.4 million views already, and attracted over 60,000 comments, some sympathetic, while others are still unforgiving.

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Alexandra Botez responds to creepy Twitch viewer asking to see her feet

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer and chess guru Alexandra Botez wasn’t going to put up with trolls asking to see her feet during a live stream.

During the broadcast, as Botez was challenging players in chess, a viewer decided to ask the streamer if they could see her feet – something that promoted a hilarious response from Alexandra.

“Sir, you’re not seeing… you know what,” the frustrated streamer began, before pausing with a smirk. “I’m going to show you what’s on my feet, and you’re going to stop asking.”

With that, the 25-year-old lifted up her shoe and showed it off in front of the camera.

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Mess with the Botez, get the shoe.

“I’m wearing these clogs, okay? This is all you need to know. And if you would ask me that in person, I would turn into Romanian Botez,” she added.

Next, Alexandra pretended to smack the person with her clog while rambling on in Romanian.

“And I would hit you in the head with my shoe,” she warned. “And you wouldn’t see feet because your vision would be blurry.”

Amusingly, after that whole rant, the streamer went right back into challenging whoever she wanted to play next, as if the whole foot fiasco never even happened.

Fans have requested feet before

This isn’t the first time that Alexandra has been asked to show her feet, oddly enough. Earlier in 2020, a viewer donated $3 and asked the streamer to reveal her highly fetishized body part.

Instead of showing them off, however, she simply drew a foot on a piece of paper and held it up for the camera, which confused her two on-stream guests.

“Someone donated to show feet,” she explained, prompting some laughs in the chat.

While Botez has handled the foot remarks quite well thus far, the next time someone dares to ask the chess queen to slip off her shoes to expose her feet, they could be getting a clog to the skull.