YouTuber and MTV starlet Tana Mongeau is facing backlash online after finally uploading her previously promised apology video and immediately privating it.
While Mongeau boasts an impressive 5.4 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, the star has been hit with criticism throughout the past year and a half after marrying fellow influencer Jake Paul in what many deemed to be a publicity stunt.
The two “divorced” shortly thereafter, leaving Tana single after months of heavy speculation in paparazzi’s watchful eyes — but the drama wasn’t over just yet.
Mongeau received heavy scrutiny from critics after a former friend, YouTuber Kahlen Barry, released a video accusing Tana of racist behavior while he was involved with their old content group, “Trash,” leading to a slew of outrage over the situation.
While Tana later apologized, she was also criticized for partying in the midst of the current global health crisis, and promised fans an apology video on multiple occasions to address all the claims against her.
Mongeau finally uploaded her apology video on September 4 at around 2 PM PST — but the video went private almost immediately, with comments turned off, sparking yet even more controversy around the YouTuber.
Thankfully, Mongeau’s video was up again an hour afterwards — although it doesn’t seem her forthcoming apology was met with good reviews.
In her video, Mongeau claimed she was “disgusted” by her previous apology videos and acknowledged her offensive behavior, but commenters are finding the statements disingenuous after waiting three months for the fifteen-minute-long video that appeared to be all over the place.
“It is far past the time I needed to own up to my behavior and take 100% accountability for my actions,” Tana said in her video. “If I had wanted people to see that I had truly grown, you’d think that my actions would have been in unison with that thought before this moment.”
Tana Mongeau's new apology video puts Laura Lee's to shame. It was obviously a script written by her team. She didn't mean any of it.
— ? ??? ? (@uglxwitch) September 4, 2020
— Princess Tea (@PrincessTea17) September 4, 2020
also the AGGRESSION in this apology. she is MAD she has to make this. girl nobody told u to. we told you NOT TO. u did this to yourself. @tanamongeau
— FULL ACCOUNTABILITY (@KahlenBarry) September 4, 2020
Other viewers felt that her video seemed rushed and forced. That’s not all; the video currently has more dislikes than likes, with 404k dislikes to 115k likes at the time of writing.
Considering all the outrage against Mongeau at the moment, it comes as little surprise that her highly demanded and long-awaited apology is being met with negativity despite calls for her to grow and change.
Tana has since commented to the outrage, claiming that she will upload another explanatory video responding to her fans’ thoughts on the video with further explanation, as told in a tweet reply to Drama Alert’s KEEMSTAR.
or sad for attention. I am sad. I was sad off camera over it every single day. I just wanted to get straight to the fax. But you definitely make a lot of valid points which is why like I said in my video I will be making a follow up video responding to what ppl have to say
— tana mongeau (@tanamongeau) September 4, 2020
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