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TikToker Sebastian Bails responds to outrage over military prank video

Published: 20/Jul/2020 23:37

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star, YouTuber, and noted prankster Sebastian Bails has responded to fan outrage after posting a video pranking his girlfriend Lauren Godwin by tricking her into thinking he was enlisting into the U.S. military.

Like many online entertainers before him, Bails is a noted practical joker, having pulled a number of pranks on his girlfriend, Lauren Godwin, which he uploads to his YouTube channel.

While he’s orchestrated fake proposals, cheating scandals, and more to “prank” Godwin, none of his past shenanigans have sparked as much backlash as his most recent upload, where he pretended to enlist in the United States military.

Bails convinced Godwin that he “couldn’t do social media forever” and claimed that his makeup artistry was “meaningless,” prompting an emotional reaction from his girlfriend at the prospect of him giving up his life as an influencer to join the armed forces.

However, at the beginning of his video, Bails put out a “huge” disclaimer, claiming that his video meant no disrespect to those currently enlisted in the military or veterans — a statement that was brought up after his video incited outrage from viewers.

“There are people risking their lives for our country, families going through extremely hard times, including mine, because of it, and you’re out here worried about an expensive green duffel bag for a disrespectful prank,” one critic wrote. “This is so completely disrespectful to use this for content. This was not ok.”

Sebastian Bails YouTube comments
Sebastian Bails, YouTube
Commenters came out en masse to speak out against Bails’ prank video, decrying the practical joke as disrespectful toward members of the armed forces and their families.

“This is unacceptable,” another said. “Some people actually have to go into the military, and leave their families. Unfortunately, some never return. …Please consider removing this video.”

Bails responded to the backlash in an Instagram direct message a day later, reiterating his disclaimer and comparing his prank to Hollywood war movies while also noting that he’d bought his “uniform” as a costume from Party City.

“If it is so bad to wear this costume, then why does Party City sell it?” he argued. “And why are there actors getting paid millions of dollars to act and pretend to be in the army for a movie?”

Needless to say, critics still aren’t happy with his response to the matter, and are taking issue with his other pranks, as well, leading to mass calls for “cancelling” the influencer over his divisive practical jokes.

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TikToker Nessa Barrett slams TalentX’s Michael Gruen: “He hates me”

Published: 29/Oct/2020 16:57

by Alice Hearing

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Nessa Barrett has slammed TalentX manager Micheal Gruen in the third installment of Josh Richards and Dave Portnoy’s new podcast BFFs in which they talk about all things TikTok drama.

The first episode of the podcast sent fans into a frenzy after the Barstool Sports’ president claimed that Nessa Barrett had found her fame through dating Josh Richards. The host claimed he was “in the middle of a TikTok war” and fuelled drama by tweeting memes and jokes about the situation.

But for their third episode, they actually invited Nessa herself onto the show, and while there appeared to be no beef between Dave and the popular TikToker, it was revealed that the manager of TalentX Michael Gruen and Nessa are feuding.

Fans of Nessa will know that the pair don’t necessarily like each other. After the drama surrounding the first episode, Michael weighed in with his own opinion on an Instagram fan page for the star.

Nessa Barrett Instagram
Instagram: Nessa Barrett
Nessa Barrett has more than 11 million followers on TikTok

He wrote, “I must’ve missed the memo that Nessa – or anyone for that matter – deserves ‘the world’. The earth is inhabited by ~7B people…last I checked Nessa is just one of them (along with myself and everyone else).” Nessa did not publicly reply but she did unfollow him on Instagram.

It turns out that their beef runs a little deeper. After remaining quite held back with her answers for the first half of the podcast, Nessa suddenly had words to say once Micheal was mentioned by Dave.

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She said, “I do not like him. He’s rude. He hates me. He has it out for me. I think he’s jealous because he’s secretly in love with Josh which is no problem but yeah he has called me ugly to my face and in front of people”

Josh attempted to defend Michael, and said that the word “Ugly” wasn’t used, but instead that “he said my taste in women was not good.”

Nessa continued, “He has said like the beginning of quarantine that he wants to send me on a one-way ticket to Mexico and I’ve been sat there alone and I was 17 like he is just rude…I just don’t waste my energy on him I just don’t like him he’s a terrible person” She also added and emphasized that “he is a certified a**hole.”

Michael is yet to react to Nessa’s brutal takedown, but given his reputation, he is likely to respond very soon.