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YouTuber Lauren Love banned from Walmart after ‘firing’ employees in cruel prank video

Published: 15/May/2019 18:26 Updated: 15/May/2019 18:33

by Virginia Glaze

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Like many video sites across the internet, YouTube is a hive for hilarious skits and pranks – but sometimes, these practical jokes take things too far.

Popular YouTuber Lauren Love is one such prankster, who decided to dress up as a faux CEO of Walmart in a bid to “fire” store employees during their shifts.

“So, I’m going to be going up to Walmart employees and basically observing them, and then I’m going to be, like, ‘You’re fired. Let me see your badge,’” Love explained in a now-deleted video, titled “CEO Firing People Prank.”

Lauren Love, YouTubeLauren Love uploaded a prank video to YouTube, where she dressed up as a Walmart CEO and “fired” employees while they worked on the clock – resulting in massive backlash.

In the video, Love “fired” an array of employees – one of which claimed that she had been working for the company for over six years, who held back tears as Love assured her that her “termination” was merely a prank.

The worker in question, Maria Leones, told a Houston news outlet that she felt “really so crushed, I felt so little, I felt so powerless,” explaining that her husband was recovering from triple bypass surgery.

Walmart has since expressed solidarity with Leones, decrying Love’s actions as “bullying,” and asking YouTube to remove the offensive video altogether – even banning Love from their stores due to the prank.

“We’ve taken actions on behalf of our associates, including asking YouTube to remove the video and calling their attention to the bullying nature of this hoax,” a Walmart spokesperson said of the debacle. “Our associates work hard every day to serve our customers. They do a fantastic job, deserve better than being subjected to such disrespect, and will continue to have our full support.”

Lauren Love, InstagramLauren Love is a mother of two – a fact that she claims led to her infamous Walmart firing prank, which she intended to “go viral” as a means to help support her children.
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Love has since published an apology video to YouTube discussing the matter, where she claimed that the prank was meant as a “social experiment” and a means to “go viral” to provide for her children.

Love wouldn’t be the first YouTuber to publish such a prank video, either; in fact, popular YouTuber Cassady Campbell garnered mass backlash for his own “CEO Firing People Prank” video in March 2019, which similarly took place at a Walmart store.

Other pranksters have undergone scrutiny on the site for various, over-the-top videos, such as ‘Prank Invasion’s’ multiple kissing videos with women posing as his family members.

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Charli D’Amelio slams “out of control” hate from 100m followers scandal

Published: 3/Dec/2020 21:21

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok star Charli D’Amelio is hitting back at the intense criticism she received after joking about not reaching 100 million followers in a year, as well as the hate that followed her tearful Instagram Live on the subject.

Charli D’Amelio is TikTok’s most-followed content creator. Now boasting over 101 million followers, Charli has become the poster girl for the viral video application — but not everyone is a fan of the internet superstar.

The 16-year-old influencer got hit with an avalanche of negativity upon the release of a “Dinner with the D’Amelio’s” episode on November 16, where she appeared to jokingly bemoan not reaching 100 million followers in a year’s time.

The issue quickly erupted into a scandal, with users calling out Charli for purportedly only seeing her fans as “numbers” and being ungrateful for her privileged position as a celebrity.

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The hate soon spun into a hurricane of vile comments, with D’Amelio even revealing she’d been sent death threats from angry viewers during a tearful Instagram live addressing the situation. She even lost 1 million followers over the ordeal.

She has discussed the matter yet again in a solo December 3 episode of her ‘2 Chix’ podcast sans sister Dixie D’Amelio, hitting back at the shocking amount of hate she received over the scandal.

“The thing that I think happened was, it spiraled completely out of control,” she said of the situation. “It turned into a place where I was getting threats for my life. When talking about this on Live, I got emotional, because that’s not something that people take lightly.”

“I feel like people really have to understand that yes, I do have a substantial amount of people that follow me on social media,” she continued. “That does not mean that I am not a person. …The entire situation was taken completely out of proportion by lots of people.”

“I know I’m not a disrespectful person. I know that I’m not a genuinely horrible person. I know I’m a good person, at the end of the day. Whether or not everyone agrees with that is for them to figure out, and that’s totally fine.”

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Charli’s podcast shines a light on the growing negativity from social media platforms like TikTok, which even bullied the likes of Taio Cruz off the website within just a few days of him creating an account.

This situation serves as an important reminder to remember that no matter the circumstances, there’s always another person behind your phone screen who your words are directly affecting — 100 million followers or not.