Nikita Dragun gets heat for texts over “annoying” blackfishing scandal - Dexerto
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Nikita Dragun gets heat for texts over “annoying” blackfishing scandal

Published: 15/Sep/2020 21:20

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star and beauty guru Nikita Dragun is facing backlash after texting fans about the current scandal surrounding her latest tan — a tan that some critics feel is racist in nature.

Nikita Dragun is one of YouTube’s biggest content creators, first gaining fame for documenting her transition over a period of time on her channel, at the beginning of her social media climb to stardom.

Sine then, the Belgian-born influencer has become a massively popular beauty guru and model on multiple social media platforms — but with internet fame comes intense scrutiny from online followers.

In mid-September, Dragun came under fire after posting a few photos to her Instagram stories that showed herself sporting a new, dark tan — and fans were not happy about the change.

Almost immediately, she was met with accusations of “blackfishing,” a term used to describe non-black people who darken their skin and otherwise change their appearance with the aim of passing as a Black person.

Although she didn’t respond to the issue immediately, it seems that she has since texted a few of her fans about the controversy — and leaked screenshots of the conversations are stirring up even more outrage.

“Omg everyone is so annoying online right now,” one of the purported texts reads. “Idk why they’re so obsessed with my skin tone. I swear they forget I’m Mexican and Vietnamese… Like sis that pic was months ago when I was tan. …but anyways, love you, f**k what the hating hoes got to say.”

While some questioned whether the texts were real or not, others hypothesized that the messages could have been a move from her PR team to help assuage the situation.

This wouldn’t be the first time Nikita has spoken out about such accusations, though; the star also commented on alleged blackfishing in early July during a paparazzi interview with the Hollywood Fix.

Explaining that she could no longer tan naturally due to a history of skin cancer in her family, Dragun claimed that she now spray tans, also citing her Mexican/Vietnamese heritage.

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“My mom is full Mexican and my dad is Vietnamese, and when I tan naturally, I get this dark. …I just have to spray tan. But people think in their minds that because, oh, it’s a spray tan, I can’t be this dark, but Latinas get dark. Asians get dark. People get tan. It’s just a tan.”

Dragun has yet to speak out regarding the outrage around the latest texts she’s sent to fans, leaving many hoping for further clarification from the star on an issue that seems to continually crop up among her viewers.

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KSI starts hilarious “beef” with Minecraft star TommyInnit

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:13

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star-turned-boxer KSI has struck up yet another humorous “feud” with the uber-popular Minecraft influencer TommyInnit — leading to a completely hilarious and unexpected response from the gamer.

When it comes to fandom feuds, most bystanders know better than to get involved… but when content creators themselves declare war against each other, it’s almost impossible for viewers to not take an interest.

This time around, British rapper and influencer KSI has taken some shots at TommyInnit — all for the jokes, of course. While the two have “duked it out” on social media before (all for the lulz), this time, a slew of other high-profile names are getting involved in a chuckle-worthy social media showdown.

On February 24, KSI stirred the pot with a tweet that caught the attention of Minecraft fans all over the app: “Sidemen fanbase > Minecraft fanbase.”

A short while later, the commotion caught the attention of none other than MrBeast, who replied: “Anyone else waiting with popcorn for TommyInnit to reply?”

It wasn’t long before the British Minecraft star chimed in on the situation with a series of responses that left the internet in stitches.

“Mr Beast,” he began “I don’t do drama Mr Beast. I just tell people who are wrong why they’re wrong, and why they’re f***ing stupid. KSI is almost always wrong. He’s never been right. He just sits there dissing people in his ivory tower, meanwhile I’m sat here on Reddit studying algorithm. F*** him.”

However, it was Tommy’s next response that took the joke even further, with the YouTuber poking fun at his own viewers: “Tommy fanbase is a bunch of 12 year old girls who fangirl over him. Same for Carl and Dream, and Sidemen fanbase who can handle jokes.”

The Minecrafter then jokingly asked his fans to ratio KSI’s Tweet — a request that fellow Minecraft personality Quackity graciously agreed to, writing: “I just think it’s funny when old people get less likes. Signal boosted.”

While this is far from the first time KSI has effectively “stirred the pot” with the Minecraft fandom, their “feud” is no more than playful banter and humorous jokes — which are currently giving their respective fanbases a hilarious interaction that has some calling for a diss track.