Jenna Marbles Has Officially Quit YouTube Amid Controversy Over Past Racist Videos
Following claims of blackface, slut-shaming and racist Asian jokes, Jenna Marbles has left the platform.
After 10 years creating content on the platform, Jenna Marbles has announced today that she is quitting YouTube over “things in my past I’m not proud of”.
The decision came after fans asked Jenna Marbles — real name Jenna Mourey — to apologise for her past racist videos, which she had since put on private because she doesn’t want “anyone to feel upset over anything”.
“For now, I can’t exist on this channel,” Jenna said. “Hopefully I’ve taken down anything that would upset someone and I hope you know that’s not my intent. That’s not what I ever set out to do, to hurt anyone’s feelings or to make anyone feel bad.”
Among these now-private videos, people were mainly upset over Jenna’s decision to do blackface in 2011 during a Nicki Minaj spoof and for a racist joke she made about Asian men in her ‘Bounce that Dick’ music video from the same year.
“It was not my intention to do blackface,” Jenna Marbles said in regards to the Nicki Minaj video. “I don’t know how else to say this but it doesn’t matter because all that matters is that people were offended and it hurt them. And for that, I am so unbelievably sorry. It’s shameful, it’s awful. I wish it wasn’t part of my past.”
— isa (@moisturizeds) February 22, 2016
After playing the offensive line from ‘Bounce That Dick’ — which said “Hey ching chong wing wong, shake your King Kong ding dong, sorry that was racist, I’m bad at rap songs” — Jenna, again, profusely apologised.
“It’s awful, it doesn’t need to exist, it’s inexcusable, it’s not okay,” she said about the racist line. “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 okay, and I’m embarrassed that I ever made that, period.”
Moving along to 2012, despite no one “demanding an apology”, Jenna then briefly addressed her past videos that were slut-shaming in nature or that boxed in gender identities.
“I fucked up. I had a lot of internalised misogyny, at that time in my life. It does not reflect my attitude to anyone and their bodies,” Jenna continued. “And I want to say that I’m sorry if I ever made you feel bad about yourself or your choices. Anything.”
Despite explaining that she always tries to grow and change whenever she is criticised, Jenna Marbles announced to her 20 million subscribers that she “just can’t exist on this channel”.
“So, I think I’m just going to move on from this channel for now. I don’t know if that’s forever. I don’t know how long that’s going to be. I want to be sure that the things that I’m putting into the world are not hurting anyone. I’m just going to stop. For now or forever. I don’t know.”
Since the announcement, Jenna Marbles fans have flocked to Twitter to share their heartache over her sudden departure from the platform.
What's the point now that Jenna Marbles is gone pic.twitter.com/DihWaLdT7I
— SleepyAF (@SleepyAF9) June 25, 2020
me: I support Jenna Marbles’ decision #weloveyoujenna
also me: pic.twitter.com/3j5iyLnhWR
— 🤡 (@TapWaterNation) June 25, 2020
Jenna marbles leaving youtube feels like you’re going through a breakup and you’re devastated but you love them so much so you’re happy for them that they’re choosing their own happiness but ur still gonna cry everytime you think about your old times together because u love them
— Morgan Adams (@morganadams) June 25, 2020
Jenna marbles leaving youtube will truly be the end of an era… pic.twitter.com/h0NmfBgESu
— Sebastian Williams (@sebas_williams) June 25, 2020
Others, however, took the opportunity to highlight the hypocrisy in cancelling Jenna Marbles for a “fake spray tan” while still supporting a bunch of other problematic YouTubers.
In particular, people noted that despite creators like Shane Dawson literally doing blackface on his YouTube channel and making jokes about pedophilia, he is still able to thrive on the platform. Similarly, Jeffree Star has even released a video addressing his racist past but has been given room to flourish online. Even Trisha Paytas, arguably one of the most problematic creators on the platform, has not been bullied into leaving YouTube the same way Jenna Marbles appears to have been.
lemme get this shit straight, yall bullied jenna marbles off her platform for a fake spray tan, and yall still letting shane dawson, jeffree star, trisha paytas, and tati westbrook continue to get involved in drama and be problematic and they still have platforms? pic.twitter.com/44Rew8sHJt
— haylie (@haylie64379826) June 25, 2020
so when Jenna marbles gets a fake tan she gets canceled but when Shane Dawson uses foundation meant for black women and black face paint its ok because he apologized ?????? pic.twitter.com/Ep5E0ZacHi
— bea (@modestlymark) June 25, 2020
HOW ARE YOU GONNA CANCEL JENNA MARBLES WHEN THIS EXISTS. SHE IS THE MOST UNPROBLEMATIC PERSON ON THE FUCKING DEMOCRATIZED PLATFORM. meanwhile, gabbie and shane have literally justified pedophilia. i’ve never been so upset in my life. i love you jenna. pic.twitter.com/oFfG2pXTtz
— gray :’) | 𝟖 𝑰𝑺 𝑼𝑵𝑫𝑬𝑹𝑹𝑨𝑻𝑬𝑫 (@bilslust) June 25, 2020
But at the end of the day, no one can really accept Jenna Marbles apology or excuse her actions other than the people who were directly affected by her racial stereotypes and jokes.
yeah white ppl it’s not ur place to forgive jenna marbles! blackface n racist stereotypes do not affect u,, but from my BLACK perspective that was honestly the most sincere apology i’ve heard from any youtube person and she has rlly grown so much since then
— baby spice (@amarisjovie) June 25, 2020