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Zoe LaVerne deletes Instagram amid lip-syncing controversy

Published: 12/Sep/2020 13:37 Updated: 6/Oct/2020 10:19

by Charlotte Colombo

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TikTok star Zoe LaVerne’s Instagram account has been deactivated, following days of backlash from fans after a video re-emerged of saying a racial slur whilst lip-syncing to the 2018 song ‘Motorsports’.

19-year-old LaVerne is one of TikTok’s most prominent influencers (just don’t tell her about Charli D’Amelio’s follower count).

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At the time of writing, she boasts a following of 17.2 million users on the app, as well as 2.9 million followers on her now-deleted Instagram – which makes her decision to delete it all the more surprising.

After all, this isn’t the first time LaVerne has faced scrutiny from fans. Following her messy break-up with fellow TikTok star Cody Orlove, he uploaded a video of her lamenting over D’Amelio’s success – something which inevitably caused her to face major backlash.

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Update, September 12, 11:55am EST: Zoe LaVerne has taken to her private fandom Instagram account to explain why she took down her main account. She explains that a combination of factors including mental health issues and “AWFUL rumours [sic]” about her led to the decision to take what she describes as a “break”. She reassures fans that she will continue to go live on her TikTok user account.

Why did Zoe LaVerne delete her Instagram?

In the past few days, an old video of LaVerne has been circulating on Twitter where she lip-syncs to Nicki Minaj’s verse in the 2018 song ‘Motorsports’.

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As many fans have pointed out, in this clip she failed to skip past the use of a racial slur in this song despite seemingly skipping past a different curse word in the verse.

The clip went viral in the first week of September. In response to the growing backlash against her, LaVerne said in a video statement that the clip was from her musical.ly account in 2o16, and that lip-syncing racial slurs “wasn’t a big deal back then”.

This is despite the song ‘Motorsports’ only being released in 2018, which would presumably make the video two years old as opposed to four years old like she claims in this video.

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This response to her lip-syncing did not go down well with fans, with one Twitter using despairing: “why did ya’ll give her a platform [sic]”.

Another user accused LaVerne of attempting to “normalize” the use of this slur, while another simply called Zoe and her fans – who she has dubbed her ‘ZoeHoes’ – “childish.”

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It would appear that this latest influx of online scrutiny has become too much for Zoe, as drama account The TikTok Shaderoom has confirmed with screenshots that she has deactivated her account.

Visiting her Instagram account now will take you to a broken link.

While some Twitter users celebrated – with one user declaring “YES ITS FINALLY OVER [sic]”, this does lead to the question of what’s next for this TikTok influencer.

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Future reveals insane custom Chevrolet truck

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:00

by Kieran Bicknell

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Rapper Future has had an incredible career spanning over several decades. In that time, he’s risen through the ranks to become a household name in the rap/hip-hop genres. Now, he’s revealed the latest addition to his garage in the form of this crazy one-off Chevrolet Blazer.

Future – real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn – is an American rap artist from Atlanta, Georgia. In his time as a musician, he has amassed a number of awards and released several critically-acclaimed albums and tracks.

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With a car collection including Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys, he has now revealed his latest addition.

Standing out from his collection of ‘typical’ exotic cars, Future has now taken delivery of his custom-commissioned Chevrolet K5 Blazer truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

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Future Custom K5 Blazer
Instagram: @hre_wheels
Future commissioned the custom truck from renowned tuners RingBrothers.

Future’s new Ringbrothers Chevy K5 Blazer

This fully-restored, one-off build looks absolutely incredible and will stand out among Future’s other ‘stock’ cars. Finished in British Racing Green, this is a color that was not available from factory, and was used only for his personal build.

The exterior has been left mostly stock other than the color change, but the front headlights have been upgraded to LED units. Not only have the headlights been changed, but also the wheels – the stock items being replaced by a set of 18″ gold HRE wheels.

Inside, the car has been completely re-trimmed in brown leather, with a number of embossed logos throughout. The factory analog dials have been refreshed, but a 10″ touchscreen has been fitted to the dash. This is coupled to an uprated JL audio system – a key upgrade for a musician such as Future.

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Future unveiled the truck on his Instagram:

Underneath the hood is the biggest upgrade to the car – a complete engine and transmission swap. The stock motor has been ditched for a 6.2l LS3 V8, coupled to an uprated GM automatic transmission. With 430hp on tap, Future will have plenty of fun driving this custom truck around.

RingBrothers co-owner Mike Ring is justifiably proud of the result: “We’re humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this.”

“We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It’s an honor we don’t take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We’re glad Future appreciates that.”

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