Shane Dawson exposes SMOSH parent company in brutal video - Dexerto

Shane Dawson exposes SMOSH parent company in brutal video

Published: 29/Nov/2018 19:49 Updated: 29/Nov/2018 19:51

by Virginia Glaze


Popular YouTuber Shane Dawson sat down with boyfriend Ryland Adams to detail their experiences with SMOSH parent company Defy Media, who underwent massive criticism after their sudden shutdown in early November.

Adams spoke on his hosting work with YouTube channel Clevver, which was likewise under the Defy umbrella, claiming that he was threatened with legal charges “literally every single day for about three months,” should he come out with a ‘Why Left Clevver’ video.

Additionally, Adams was made to sign an ‘MCN,’ which allowed Defy to take a percentage of his earnings from ad revenue in an effort to prevent him from creating the video in question (ultimately to avoid being sued by the company).

“For them, it was a way to for them to screw me over but let me out of my full time job at Clevver,” Adams stated.

Adams also claimed that Defy withheld their checks before closing, insinuating that the company had used the funds to allegedly settle their own debt – and even accused Defy of having a “brainwashing, cult mentality” toward their YouTubers.

Dawson likewise came forward with allegations against Defy, claiming that one Clevver Style employee was only getting paid “1/100th” of what the channel itself was making, despite her hard work.

“It is disgusting,” Dawson expressed. “And companies like Defy …they find YouTubers, they make them work super hard, and they pay them nothing – and they’re not honest about how much the channels themselves are making.”

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Defy was hit with multiple class-action lawsuits in the weeks following their closure, both from former employees and companies partnered with Defy, alike. 

If won, Defy faces massive financial restitution to the plaintiffs – which could include paying its former employees the equivalent of 60 days of work.


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

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze


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.