YouTuber Ethan Dolan slams “hateful” followers over acne comments

Andrew Amos

One half of the Dolan Twins, Ethan Dolan, has slammed “sh*tty people” for criticising his appearance, with the Vine star-turned-YouTuber opening up candidly about his issues with acne.

Ethan Dolan has been public about his struggles after the loss of his father in 2019, but this week, after the release of the documentary honoring his father’s legacy, the spotlight has been shone back on him.

Fans have been criticizing the way the YouTuber has looked as of late, with a breakout of acne being visible in most photos uploaded to social media.

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After seeing the comments, Ethan Dolan went to set the record straight on February 27. He opened up about his skin, which he said was “out of [his] control,” and targeted bullies harassing him for his “bad luck.”

“So many people deal with acne, I can just imagine the comments they get about their appearance daily,” he said.

“We all know it’s never cool or okay to pick on someone for their appearance and what’s out of their control, but that’s not going to stop people from doing it. Sh*tty people will continue to be sh*tty.”

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However, the YouTuber reiterated to his followers ⁠— which total 8.3 million on Twitter and 9.2 million on Instagram ⁠— that acne and the way someone looks doesn’t define them as a person, and all that matters is “loving yourself.”

“I do think the world is headed in a way better direction where people will take others feelings into consideration and be more supporting and accepting,” he said, “but until it’s fully there, it’s important to focus on loving yourself so hateful people’s words are meaningless.

“If you’re struggling with your skin, no matter how severe your conditions may be, I encourage you to embrace it.

“Talk yourself up, remind yourself of all of your great qualities and remember acne isn’t a bad quality. I know it’s easier said than done, honestly sometimes not even easily said, but just know you deserve to have confidence and you’re not alone in this.”

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Well, my hair is gone. I shaved it during the documentary my brother and I made for our dad. My dad is my role model. He taught me everything I know and every good quality that I have came from him. Growing up I always thought my dad was the most bad ass person on the planet. Now after watching him fight the fight he fought against this terrible disease and do it with the dignity he did it with, I know he is the most bad ass person I’ll ever know. I had never seen my dad insecure in his life EVER, besides the day he lost his hair from the various cancer treatments he was going thru to treat the cancer in his brain. He was upset because he thought his bald head made him look sick. He didn’t want it to look like he was fading. He wanted to be strong for everyone around him. He wanted us all to know that giving up wasn’t an option. He thought losing his hair would convince people he was giving up. I wanted to shave my head for him so bad so he wouldn’t be alone in this. He didn’t want me to, but I still should have. Thinking back, maybe I just wasn’t brave/confident enough to do it. Today, I’m happy to say I fuckin did it! I know it’s just hair and I wanted this to help show anyone who may be losing their hair or thinking about shaving their head to support someone who may have lost their hair, that it’s true, it is just hair. To me it symbolizes strength. I feel really proud. My dad wasn’t only just a bad ass, he was the most caring, kind, generous, thoughtful and just fuckin sweet man myself and pretty much everyone who knew him will ever know. He just wanted to help people, always. Gray and I wanted to be able to carry out his legacy and allow him to still be able to help, even though he’s been stripped being able to physically help here on earth. We started a cancer foundation so my dad will still be able to do what he loved most and help others, forever. My dad didn’t want ANYONE going through what he went through. To help those affected by this horrible disease, with my dad, visit to donate. No donation is too small

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His brother also stepped in, with Grayson tweeting that the hate is undeserved.

“I’ve seen a fair amount of tweets calling my brother ‘ugly’ because of his current acne breakout,” he said. “Ethan isn’t one to let things like this bother him but this sh*t doesn’t sit right with me.”

“Making fun or putting someone down because of a physical appearance that is out of their control is ugly.”

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Ethan Dolan has mentioned that he and his brother have been going through a rough patch since the release of their self-directed documentary “Losing A Best Friend” in memoriam of their late father. Sean Dolan passed away in 2019, at the age of 50.

He tweeted on February 26 about having “the most f**ked month” in his life, but he’s ready to leave all the hate behind and push forward for the rest of 2020.

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