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Tana Mongeau explains how she was “almost killed” in Uber incident

Published: 30/Oct/2019 18:49 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 18:57

by Virginia Glaze


Although internet star Tana Mongeau turned heads with her livestreamed wedding to Jake Paul, die-hard fans know the YouTuber for her history of wild storytime videos – and her most recent tale will leave viewers’ jaws on the floor.

Mongeau uploaded her latest storytime video on October 28, where she described a chilling encounter with an Uber driver while attempting to leave the house of her ex-girlfriend, former Disney star Bella Thorne.

According to Tana, Thorne lives in a highly isolated area of California’s Beverly Hills – a locale that many drivers will refuse to frequent due to the long drive (and lack of cell service).

Needpix.comAccording to Tana Mongeau, ex-girlfriend Bella Thorne lives way out in the California wilderness – a locale that ultimately resulted in a terrifying experience for the YouTuber.

After canceling multiple Uber and Lyft rides, Mongeau finally got a bite from an UberBLACK SUV – but the driver’s attitude set her on edge, with the YouTuber claiming that she was terrified of angering the intimidating man.

“I’m getting into the car, and he goes, ‘Bad,’” she explained. “…everything in my body was like, ‘Stop!’ I literally stop in my tracks, and I get out of the car.”

Freepik.comTana Mongeau’s late-night Uber experience quickly turned into a chilling encounter with a shady driver.

While she described his voice as a “six foot tall, white, school teacher but, like, murderer/rapist,” that wasn’t the only concerning part of her ride: the driver’s license plate didn’t match up with her app, which she made sure to note.

“There was something about him that was so angry and scary that I felt like if I cancelled, he would be even angrier with me,” she continued. “…He turns his head back to Imari and me and says, ‘Get in the car.’”

Thus, Mongeau and her friend Imari decided to use the Uber anyway – a decision that she later regretted when the driver came upon a four-way stop and didn’t seem to know the route to their destination, opting to turn right when the YouTubers clearly suggested a left-hand turn.

“He could have easily killed us there and gotten away with it,” she recalled.

Tana Mongeau, InstagramWhile Mongeau thought of contacting husband Jake Paul, she realized that a four AM alert might not be in her best interests – but ultimately managed to escape the uneasy situation.

The group then went on an elongated drive past a series of freeway exits that she claimed the driver’s app was prompting him to take, and managed to get out of the car near a Shell gas station before it was too late (using the excuse that she was on her period and needed a tampon – classic Tana).

Thankfully, the YouTuber managed to order a second Uber whose license plate actually matched, resulting in a relieving ride home – and a chilling reminder to be exceedingly cautious when ordering late-night rides.


FBE founders Benny & Rafi Fine called out by staff for “toxic workplace”

Published: 16/Jan/2021 19:54

by Charlotte Colombo


Benny and Rafi Fine, the two creators behind the FBE (Fine Brothers entertainment) brand have come back into the spotlight today a year after they stepped back from FBE after former employees publicly accused them of racism and a “toxic” working environment.

In an investigative article by Insider, 26 former employees spoke out about their experiences working for FBE. The company’s former head of casting, Steve Caustey, revealed that the Fine brothers used a three-tier system to rank their “reactors”, and demanded that at least 33% of the people in their “react” videos involved people in the top tier before an episode could be made.

Causey told Insider that there were “more white people at the top” of the tier, which meant that episodes ended up being predominately white.

He said in an interview with them: “It was noticeable, but I don’t think it was intentional. I feel like it might’ve started as unconscious bias, but after a time enough people brought it up that it should have been addressed.”

A former researcher told Insider that FBE staff “profit from the idea that they’re diverse without valuing it authentically. They try to capitalize and commercialize on it as much as they can.”

FBE’s lawyers said to Insider that race wasn’t a factor in decisions such as tiers and video thumbnails, with a spokesperson adding that the Fine brothers “have always endeavored to feature a majority of underrepresented voices in FBE’s content.”

What happened with FBE last year?

In June 2020, a video resurfaced of a comedy sketch Benny Fine did with fellow YouTuber Shane Dawson, wherein Benny was wearing blackface. The footage went viral and led to the two founders receiving extreme backlash.

High profile members of their ‘React’ series, such as Kennedy Zimet, made the decision to leave the channel after the footage went viral, with Zimet saying in a statement shared to Twitter that they felt “blindsided and flat out used, especially since they have not owned up to their actions by apologizing publicly or to their black cast members.”

This led to Mark Plier, who claimed to be a former producer for FBE, to claim on Twitter that the Fine brothers “wanted to benefit from the “diversity” but not benefit diversity”, alleging that YouTube video thumbnails with more than one BAME person were frequently turned down by the pair.

He also claimed that they “would frequently ask for the person of color to be on the right of the thumbnail and not the left, our only conclusion as to why that would be is the left person is the first one you’d see and thus the first impression.”

In further Tweets, Plier alleged that “the culture was so entrenched and they were so unwilling to hear our demands for changes that employee turnover became larger than the company’s actual size in just the 3 years I was there.”

The brothers released a statement apologizing for their “terrible errors of judgment” and ultimately decided to take a step back from the FBE company following the backlash.