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Noah Beck responds to backlash over “homophobic” Sway LA TikTok

Published: 10/Aug/2020 23:37

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star and Sway House member Noah Beck has addressed the massive backlash he’s received after taking part in a group video that some critics are deeming “homophobic.”

Noah Beck is a recent addition to the Sway House, a content group full of TikTok and YouTube stars who collaborate on video ideas and other social media projects, much like the Hype House and Team 10.

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While the Sway House is full of super-popular influencers, the group has come under fire as of late, after posting a video of themselves dancing to a song with motions that many critics are finding offensive.

The video in question shows Beck and the Sway boys dancing to Ayo Eisha’s song “Eisha No!” which features a lyric that says, “Look at the way that I walk.”

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During this point in the song, the group walks in a way that some feel are mocking gay men, with commenters finding the dance moves offensive and homophobic.

One commenter spoke out on the issue underneath the original TikTok, writing, “Kinda sus bro,” to which Beck replied, “HAHA, that’s the point silly.”

Both the original TikTok and Beck’s response to the subject have been met with intense scrutiny online — but some are finding the tea around this particular scenario to be somewhat dry.

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Noah Beck replies to a fan.
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TikToker Noah Beck is coming under fire for his response to fans’ concerns over his recent video.

While many are calling out the dance moves as offensive, others are debating if the “walk” wasn’t simply meant to poke fun at sassy women, while others debate that the choreography is merely goofy, in general.

“I don’t understand how it’s homophobic,” one user wrote via Instagram. “That’s basically people saying that only gay men can act feminine, when that’s not true, ‘cause guys can act feminine and not be gay.”

“It isn’t even funny,” another argued. “I’m not even gay, but those type of boys would’ve definitely bullied the ‘feminine’ gay kids and are doing this for a trend.”

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Commenters appear to be largely divided as to the intentions behind Noah Beck’s TikTok.

While neither Beck nor Sway LA have said more at the time of writing, Beck and the House remain a subject of scrutiny as users continue to weigh in with their takes on the controversial video, which boasted over 8 million views before being deleted due to apparent copyright infringement.

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Josh Richards slams influencers who use the Sway House for clout points

Published: 13/Oct/2020 19:28

by Virginia Glaze

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Josh Richards is one of TikTok’s most popular content creators and an integral part of the Sway House — a group that he’s not too pleased is being used for clout by other influencers looking to get a leg up in the industry.

Josh Richards, who boasts over 22 million followers on TikTok (in no small part due to showing off his abs in every other video), feels that some creators are taking advantage of the Sway House’s kindness to grow their own platforms and split.

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Richards spoke on the situation during an episode of Barstool Sports’ ‘BFFs’ podcast on October 13, claiming that he had at first wanted to help other creators get started by giving them a boost.

“I knew how to pump out a million videos back to back,” he explained. “And I’d do five a day. And then I would see these other kids who were starting to blow up, and I was like, ‘Okay, if I give them a little bit of direction, they could be huge.’”

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However, co-host Dave Portnoy noted that sometimes these kinds of relationships can go south — a sentiment that Richards agreed with, sharing his own experiences with stars just trying to use the Sway House.

“There’s so many people that come to us, and they’ll start filming at our house,” he continued. “I think we’ve gotten better at not letting this happen, but they would just use us for videos. They would sleep over, they would always be like, ‘Get in our videos!’”

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“The thing that sucks about that is that you don’t really know who’s out to get you anymore and then who’s just really trying to be there, be your homie and just vibe with you,” he added. “That really sucks.”

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Richards isn’t the first internet star to make such claims, by far; YouTuber Jake Paul has also infamously accused other creators of using Team 10 to blow up and subsequently “act like they don’t know nobody,” leading to quite a bit of drama in his own realm.

While Richards’ statement has yet to be called out by other TikTokers, it’s not hard to believe that someone would try to piggyback off of someone else’s success in the age of social media fame.