Jenna Marbles Quits YouTube After Apologizing For Old Videos Offending Asian and Black People

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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.

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

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