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TikTok star Bella Poarch addresses outrage over racism accusations

Published: 17/Sep/2020 0:44

by Virginia Glaze

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The TikToker behind the site’s wildly popular “M to the B” video is facing allegations of racist behavior, after viewers took issue with one of her tattoos and a nickname she’d given to one of her friends.

Bella Poarch rose to fame in mid-September, after uploading herself lipsyncing to Millie B’s “M to the B” on TikTok.

This quickly skyrocketed her to viral status on the already popular video app, receiving a mind-boggling 30 million likes and breaking the site’s record for getting the most likes on a single post.

Of course, with internet stardom comes internet critics, who quickly uncovered some offensive behavior from the star that is causing some major drama around her newly-famous status.

@bellapoarchTo the ? ? ? ##fyp♬ M to the B – Millie B

Viewers were quick to take issue with one of Poarch’s tattoos, which is the Japanese Rising Sun — a symbol known for its use on the Japanese Imperial Flag in WWII.

That’s not all; others accused her of using an offensive nickname to refer to one of her friends, claiming that she’d called the friend — a person of color — “Harambe.”

Poarch addressed the backlash in a series of TikTok comments on September 16, clarifying that her friend is okay with the nickname and that the name had stuck during his time in the military.

A TikToker calls out Bella Poarch for purportedly racist behavior.
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TikTokers were quick to call out Poarch for allegedly calling her friend a racist nickname.

“I’m sorry that you believed rumors about me and my best friend Albert,” Poarch wrote. “He’s Samoan and not Black, and that’s his military nickname because he’s big and always very protective. That was his name before I even met him.”

“Please stop spreading lies,” she continued. “He’s very heartbroken and sad about this. We’ve been friends now for three years and for people to tell me I was treating him wrong… breaks my heart, too. I’m sorry.”

Bella Poarch explains the accusations of racism against her in a TikTok comment.

Bella Poarch explains the accusations against her in a TikTok comment.

Poarch previously published an apology regarding the outrage around her tattoo, writing in a series of Tweets, “I apologize to Koreans, because six months ago I got a tattoo of the red sun with 16 rays. At that time, I didn’t know the history, but when I found out, I immediately scheduled it for removal.”

Considering her relatively quick rise to internet fame, it comes as little surprise that critics aren’t happy with her response to the matter, likewise finding fault with TikTok fandom for producing massive social media stars with relatively short turnaround.

Gaming

Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

TRAVIS SCOTT CACTUS JACK PLAYSTATION NIKE DUNKS
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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.