YouTuber Jenna Mourey, extra famously recognized to the world as Jenna Marbles, introduced on Thursday, June 25, that she is stepping away from her principal YouTube channel.
Talking to her 23 million subscribers in an 11-minute-long video, Mourey gave a tearful apology and bid adieu. She mentioned, “I’ve spent the previous couple of days privating nearly all of my outdated content material, and I’m sorry if any of that holds any nostalgia for you, however I’m actually not attempting to place out detrimental issues into the world.”
In one of many movies, Mourey appeared as Nikki Minaj, in what she referred to as blackface. In one other, she used slurs to mock an Asian man. Each movies, Mourey mentioned, have been taken down.
Mourey has been one thing of a fixture of YouTube. The now 33-year-old rose to web fame in 2010 with a video titled ‘Easy methods to Trick Individuals Into Pondering You’re Good Trying’, a video that has in extra of 69 million views.
In her farewell video, Mourey mentioned that she acquired tweets that made her uncomfortable when her followers referred to as her an “unproblematic queen.” She mentioned she’s only a individual, and she or he has achieved many problematic issues prior to now.
The YouTuber mentioned that she doesn’t know if she shall be gone from the channel perpetually. However in the meanwhile, she was stepping away. “For now, I don’t… I simply can’t exist on this channel,” she mentioned. “Hopefully, I’ve taken down something that will upset somebody and I hope you realize that that’s simply not my intent, that’s not what I ever got down to do, to harm anybody’s emotions or make anybody really feel dangerous.”
“I don’t know if that’s perpetually, I don’t know the way lengthy it’s gonna be. I simply wish to make it possible for the issues that I put into the world usually are not hurting anybody. And, yeah, I’m simply gonna cease. For now, or perpetually, I don’t know,” she mentioned.
She mentioned she held herself accountable for the content material she’s put out prior to now. She performed clips from each of the aforementioned movies, which have been filmed in 2011. She referred to as her impression of Nicki Minaj “cringey and embarrassing.”
“It was not my intention to do blackface … however all that issues is that individuals have been offended and it harm them,” she mentioned. “This isn’t okay, and it hasn’t existed on the web, as a result of it isn’t okay. I haven’t achieved something remotely like that, as a result of I heard individuals say ‘that is blackface’ and ‘I don’t like that’.” She claimed it was simply her make-up however mentioned it didn’t matter as a result of it was perceived as blackface.
The second clip was a video referred to as ‘Bounce That Dick’, which featured the road, “Hey ch**g ch**g wing wong, shake your King Kong ding dong, sorry that was racist, I’m dangerous a rap songs.”
Mourey apologized and mentioned, “I shouldn’t have mentioned that. Ever. It’s not cool. It’s not cute. It’s not okay.”
She additionally addressed a 3rd video, although she didn’t function it. Her apology there was about slut-shaming. “There’s no on-demanding an apology of me for that video proper now, however put it on my tab,” Mourey mentioned. “I don’t assume making jokes about your gender is humorous. I do know there’s lots of people that battle with their id or have various, fluid identities.”
“Simply know that I’m doing my finest,” Mourey mentioned. “As a somebody, clearly, with their very own previous they aren’t happy with, I simply attempt to see individuals for who they’re proper now, at the moment… I feel I’m simply gonna transfer on from this channel for now … I wish to be sure the issues I put out into the world usually are not hurting anybody.”
Mourey’s departure from her channel was acquired with shock and shock from individuals on Twitter. “Listening to Jenna Marbles say she would possibly give up posting on her channel ‘perpetually’ felt like getting hit within the abdomen with a steel bat. I’m genuinely not okay,” wrote a fan on Twitter. One other wrote, “I’m devastated. I watch Jenna Marbles movies each night time. I rewatch tons of instances. The truth that she could by no means return to her channel/publish content material there anymore breaks my coronary heart. I look as much as this girl a lot. I’m simply so f****** unhappy proper now.”
Amid the general public heartbreak, nonetheless, many reminded why this transfer was vital. A Twitter person wrote, “Jenna Marbles could have give up YouTube for now however bear in mind why she did it. Maintain social influencers accountable. Maintain public figures accountable. Don’t let individuals get away with problematic issues simply because they’re well-known or wealthy.”