Tayler Holder addresses merch controversy with Corey La Barrie's family - Dexerto
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Tayler Holder addresses merch controversy with Corey La Barrie’s family

Published: 30/Oct/2020 12:41

by Alice Hearing

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TikTok star Tayler Holder has issued a formal apology after he was accused of stealing a design from late YouTuber Corey La Barrie, which he will use on his own upcoming line of merchandise.

Corey La Barrie was a popular YouTuber who tragically passed away on May 10 due to a fatal car accident. Fellow YouTuber Daniel Silva was also involved in the accident and was driving the car during the time of the crash.

Tayler recently appeared to use La Barrie’s slogan and logo for his own merchandise line — prompting shock and upset from some of the YouTuber’s fans.

Tayler was hit with a wave of backlash from fans accusing him of stealing the logo and design. The slogan reads “Under-Appreciated,” with the letters “nde” crossed out so that it reads “U R Appreciated.” The logo also features a pair of angel wings above the slogan.

Tayler Holder shows off his new merchandise.
Instagram: Tayler Holder
Tayler Holder’s upcoming merch line features a design and slogan from late YouTuber Corey La Barrie.

Tayler responded to critics, explaining that he partnered up with La Barrie’s family to produce the upcoming merchandise. He also claimed that he would be donating a percentage of the line’s profits to Corey’s foundation.

Shortly after, alleged DMs to Barrie’s mother appear to show that she was unaware of her family’s supposed partnership with Holder for the merchandise line. In the messages, she claimed that she is “pretty upset” to have found out about the initiative via public internet drama.

However, Tayler has now confirmed the family’s involvement in a short video that he tweeted, clearing up any confusion around the situation. In the video alongside Corey’s brother Jared and his dad Simon, Tayler said: “There seems to be a lot of confusion that got out of hand.”

He apologized and reiterated what he had initially said in his previous response: “First up I just want to say that from the bottom of my heart I’m so sorry for anyone that I affected with this and upset it was by far never my intentions with this.

“Corey is a very very close friend of mine. He’s like family to me. We were teaming up on this, it was a thing that me, and Jared, and Simon had been talking about for the past few months”

Simon, Corey’s father addressed the concerned fans, adding: “Wow, you guys are the best. We’re not saying it was wrong you thought what you did was right but this shows how much love there was for Corey… Thank you for what you did. What you said on social media was from the heart we get that”

Tayler ended by saying that they would be holding off on the merch line for the time being.

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TikToker Sienna Mae slammed by fans for “privileged” trip to Hawaii

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:54

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Sienna Mae faced backlash from fans after she posted a TikTok of herself going on a spontaneous trip to Hawaii.

TikToker Sienna Mae found herself at the receiving end of criticism recently after she posted a TikTok implying that she had gone to Hawaii to surprise her boyfriend, fellow TikTok star Jack Wright.

In a video posted on her TikTok, she can be seen receiving a text from her boo, who was already in Hawaii, saying how he “wished [she] was here” before throwing clothes in a suitcase, driving to the airport and surprising Wright on a Hawaiian beach.

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Due to the current health crisis, fans didn’t react well to Mae’s trip. Several TikTok users reminded Mae in the comments that “we are in a p*ndemic”, with one TikTok user quipping that they “can’t even go to the store” due to the current restrictions.

In response to the backlash, Mae commented on her original TikTok claiming that she flew to Hawaii for work and had tested negative prior to her arrival.

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TikTok: Sienna Mae
Mae reassured fans that she had tested negative and was taking all the necessary precautions during her trip.

However, for fans on Twitter, this wasn’t good enough. One user said: “She’s privileged enough to have a job that she can comfortably work from home with and make thousands of dollars a DAY. Why exactly does she have to go to Hawaii?”

Meanwhile, another Twitter user cast doubt over Mae’s claims, joking: “Yeah right! I’d like to know what job lets you run off to Hawaii! How can I get hired there?”

Mae is yet to publicly comment further on this backlash.

Who is Sienna Mae?

Sienna Mae Gomez is a California-based TikTok star who has seen exponential growth in popularity during the late summer/early autumn of this year.

Although she is only sixteen years old, she has already grown a sizeable platform due to her entertaining dance videos and content advocating for body positivity. She currently has 10.7 million followers on TikTok and 1.3 million followers on Instagram.

While some TikTok stars gained their platform over time, Mae’s rise to TikTok stardom was fairly rapid, with TheNetline reporting that she gained 1.5 million TikTok followers in two weeks.

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Instagram: Sienna Mae Gomez
Alongside her work as an influencer, Sienna Mae is also an outspoken advocate for body positivity.

Many would be intimidated by such a rapid rise to fame, but in an interview with The NetLine in September, Mae said: “I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. This is what I have been saying I’ve wanted to do ever since I came out of the womb. I’m really happy and I really am thankful for the support. I am ecstatic about my TikTok fame.”

Mae has been dating Jack Wright since October, with the two confirming their relationship with a kiss at Saddle Ranch on 12 October. She met Wright at the high school they both attend.