Popular YouTubers and family vloggers Cole and Savannah LaBrant are coming under fire for their April Fool’s prank – which made their 6-year-old daughter cry.
The LaBrants pulled a major prank on their viewers during the holiday with a video titled, “We Have To Give Our Puppy Away… Saying Goodbye Forever.”
In the video, Cole and Savannah manage to convince their 6-year-old daughter, Everleigh, that they needed to give away their pomeranian, inciting an emotional outburst from the youngster that left the internet fuming.
After receiving ample criticism for their prank, Cole and Savannah uploaded an apology video on April 3, where they claimed that they had ultimately meant to prank their audience, rather than their child.
“We were going to April Fools you guys,” Cole explained. “That was the whole plan. …as we’re talking, Everleigh hears us talking in the other room and she buries her face into a pillow and starts crying.”
Cole went on to admit that he wasn’t sure if Everleigh was “fake crying” or not, since the family had been pranking each other all day; however, he later apologized to his daughter, and owned up to taking the joke “too far.”
Despite the LaBrant’s largely positive fanbase, the couple has been bombarded with hate following their prank video, with Savannah claiming that angry viewers had called for their children be removed by Child Protective Services.
The Labrants have received ample backlash following the release of their prank video, with some viewers calling for Child Protective Services to remove their children from their home.
“I would never tell someone because of a mistake that they made that they should go to jail, or they should get Child Protective Services and get their kids taken away from them,” she said of the matter. “I just think it’s so wrong.”
While comments on both videos are disabled, the LaBrants did not do this themselves; they explained that the disabling was part of YouTube’s effort to decrease pedophile rings on the platform, who use the comments section to alert other child predators of “explicit” moments in videos featuring children.
YouTube’s efforts to decrease pedophilic content on the platform included disabling comments and even demonetizing videos, inciting backlash from some of the site’s top creators.
This is far from the LaBrant’s first controversy; Cole and Savannah garnered mass backlash for allegedly faking an evacuation of their home due to the California fires in summer 2018 – although the couple never directly addressed these claims.
Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has hit back at claims made by former OfflineTV streamer Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan in a leaked exposé document, and revealed the disgraced Twitch star sent her what she believes is an “admission of guilt.”
Several members of the Twitch content group, including Lilypichu and Yvonne, detailed how Gaytan would “come to [their] room, drunk” and “massage [their] feet and thighs.” Yvonne also revealed he had “crawled in bed” with her, kissed her cheek, and put his hand up her shirt.
These accusations were compounded when Pokimane claimed Fed had been a “big reason” why she moved out of the house. Fedmyster was subsequently expelled from the OfflineTV house, and removed from the company.
After months of silence from the Twitch streamer, a document leaked online on Nov. 24, which mainly detailed Fed’s relationship with Pokimane. In the unreleased exposé titled “My Truth”, which Dexerto has read copies of, Gaytan, 25, accused Pokimane of “twisting the truth” about their relationship.
Pokimane has now hit back, speaking about the leaked document in a short Twitch stream on Wednesday. In her response, she suggests Fedmyster sent her an “admission of guilt” in regards to his “manipulative” actions.
Fedmyster’s leaked doc, “My Truth,” mainly revolves around his relationship with Pokimane.
Fedmyster allegedly sent Pokimane “admission of guilt”
Anys, who admitted she’s already seen several versions of the Fedmyster document, doubled down on her previous June 29 claims. According to the Twitch star, Fed’s claim to a potential hookup, Steve, that they were “a thing” was the best example of his manipulation.
“I want to make it clear that, to me, this incident [with Steve] was clearly a mess-up on Fed’s part. I confronted Fed, he apologized… he admitted fault,” she said.
Pokimane revealed she messaged Fedmyster ahead of her ‘tell-all’ stream in June, asking if there was anything she “should maybe leave out.” When Gaytan requested she skip over the incident with Steve at the party, however, she refused.
“He said ‘if you can… leave out the Steve stuff, it’s something I wouldn’t like mentioned.’ I couldn’t leave that out. He asked me not to mention it, and I think that’s an admission of guilt, then later he says ‘that’s not how it went down’.”
Pokimane says Fed’s claims ‘overshadow’ real issue
The problem, she continued, is that Fed has focused on her being a “villain” and leading him on in the leaked document. This focus, which she believes “blows everything out of proportion,” is being used to overshadow the actual OfflineTV accusations.
“Essentially we had trouble being close but managing our friendship, knowing he wanted more, but I always felt I was upfront about it… it really bothers me that in this document he tried to make me out as the bad guy,” Pokimane said.
“Obviously we weren’t on the same page. I hope you guys can see this from my perspective… I didn’t see a future between the two of us. I thought I was always honest. Looking back, I should have been more aware of how I acted around him, but hindsight is 20/20!
“To me, in all honesty, all of this is just not important. It’s regular 20-year-old relationship bullsh*t. What I shared about the situation is my honest truth, and it’s totally irrelevant to the actual incidents that triggered all of this.”
Fedmyster says he “stands by document”
Fedmyster has addressed the leaked document too; according to the disgraced Twitch star, he had no plans to release the exposé, because it felt like “airing dirty laundry.”
“[Poki and I] came to agree that keeping things private and making no further statements publicly was what was best for us…We wanted to heal and prevent any further harm to the people involved,” he explained in a short Twitter post.
“On the topic of whether I tried to manipulate our friends to hate her, I still fully stand behind what my document reads but I want to emphasize that it wasn’t my intention to shine Poki in a bad light… I am deeply sorry, and wish I wasn’t so naive and insensitive.”
Fedmyster also said he “still believes [he] was mischaracterized,” but added “after talking to Poki I came to understand her perspective. My outlook on the situation as a whole now comes from a better place of understanding.”
Hours after finishing her stream, Anys took to her second Twitter account, where she said she was “looking forward to moving on” from the whole situation.
“Sorry, td was tough, it’s hard for me to reply to v private things without making the situation messier + I was not in a good headspace,” she wrote. “ty to those that were understanding. looking forward to moving on.”
sorry td was tough, it’s hard for me to reply to v private things without making the situation messier + i was not in a good headspace.
ty to those that were understanding, lookin forward to moving on 👍🏼