Famed YouTuber and internet personality Jenna Marbles announced her departure from vlogging after some fans pressured her to apologize for her past problematic videos.
The details: The 33-year-old YouTuber, whose last name is Mourey, apologized in a video titled “A Message” on Thursday where she addressed her past videos that were offensive to Black people and Asians, according to BuzzFeed.
- In the video, Mourey first addressed a 2011 video in which she impersonated rapper, Nicki Minaj. Social media users wanted her to apologize for using blackface in the video.
- She then talked about a music video titled “Bounce that D*ck” where at one point, Mourey appeared dressed in a conical hat with a mustache.
- “Hey Ch*ng Ch*ng, Wing Wong / Shake your King Kong Ding Dong / Sorry that was racist, I’m bad at rap songs,” Mourey rapped in the video.
- “It’s awful, it doesn’t need to exist, it’s inexcusable, it’s not OK,” Mourey said about the lyrics. “I’m incredibly sorry if this offended then, now, whenever, it doesn’t need to exist. It shouldn’t have existed. I shouldn’t have said that ever. It’s not cool, it’s not cute, it’s not OK, and I’m embarrassed that I ever made that, period.”
- Mourey said she’s stepping away from her channel of 20 million subscribers, adding that she will set all of the offensive videos to private.
- She says she might return as her decision is only for the foreseeable future.
- “I don’t know if that’s forever, I don’t know how long it’s going to be,” Mourey said. “I want to make sure the things that I put into the world are not hurting anyone.”
- Mourey rose to fame in July 2010 for the video “How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking.”
What fans are saying: Fans expressed sadness over her announcement, calling her leaving unfair as other YouTubers, who are guilty of putting blatant racism in some of their content, remain on the video platform.
The Jenna Marbles quitting video was hard to watch. The internet mob really controls lives, it felt like I was watching a hostage being held at gunpoint. You need the internets permission to be friends with people and can never make a single mistake even when you were a kid
— Charlie (@MoistCr1TiKaL) June 25, 2020
you’re telling me jenna marbles is quitting youtube because cancel culture came for her when she’s clearly grown so much from 2011 and yet people like Trisha Paytas and Jeffree Star are still on that mf platform?? just throw 2020 away man she’s all I HAD for comfort pic.twitter.com/XpVyJXF84Z
— andrea ✨ (@fabraysagronsky) June 25, 2020
the way that people tried to cancel jenna marbles for a shitty fake tan but ignore shane dawson’s blatant black face… jenna is the sweetest most unproblematic person on earth and she is quitting youtube because you mfs pick and choose who to cancel pic.twitter.com/Vg5ZolNAnM
— jules (@lefeeb) June 26, 2020
Jenna Marbles quit youtube…I will now be quitting life tell the doctors to not revive me either pic.twitter.com/TvdQR3ZjWy
— king nihilism (@NihilismKing) June 25, 2020
the fact that i just saw @Jenna_Marbles youtube video about her possibly quitting youtube forever has broken me entirely. she has owned up to her mistakes like all of us have in the past, we are all human! this is awful and upsetting with how our world is today. 🙁
— carly 🧚🏼 (@carly_manfredi) June 26, 2020
i cannot believe… again… i CANNOT believe you all just bullied Jenna Marbles, the sweetest most considerate person alive and one of the most unproblematic people ever feel so bad about for making AT BEST ambiguous jokes in 2011 to the point of her quitting making videos
— gob lyn (@aleyska_) June 25, 2020
Jenna Marbles… is apparently quitting YouTube? I just feel kind of sad because she’s doing it out of fear that she might offend someone yet she does more to apologize for her mistakes and better herself than anyone else I’ve seen. She’s amazing in her own right.
— 🌹Redd (Wash your DAMN DIRTY HANDS) 🌹 (@Reddertongreene) June 25, 2020
Jenna marbles quitting YouTube when people like fucking Logan and Jake Paul still thrive and get away with shit makes my blood BOIL pic.twitter.com/kxyrfW0APb
— Ellie (@ellieappleton29) June 25, 2020
Kinda really tired of this cancel culture bullshit. I just watched my favorite YouTuber, Jenna Marbles, cry and say she might be quitting YouTube. She’s held herself accountable and has apologized for so much and has grown up from where she had done stuff that was bad. Just. . .
— Emery (@thathobgoblin) June 25, 2020
jenna marbles is quitting YouTube. I’m officially done, jenna and julien got me through some of my worst days and even the last few days being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease their videos made me smile I’m done with 2020. honestly f*ck this.
— M (@cxtyofstars) June 25, 2020
Creation policies: YouTube has a zero-tolerance policy on hate speech based on its Community Guidelines under the topic.
- The video-sharing company supposedly removes videos promoting violence or hatred.
- “Each of our policies is carefully thought through so they are consistent, well-informed, and can be applied to content from around the world,” the page said. “They’re developed in partnership with a wide range of external industry and policy experts, as well as YouTube Creators.”
Feature Image via @jennamarbles