Jenna Mourey, a YouTube personality who became one of the platform's first mainstream female stars as Jenna Marbles, said Thursday that she was going to stop her channel amid a backlash over old videos that she made in blackface and mocking Asian people. "I want to make sure that the things I'm putting into the world are not hurting anyone".
One of the hot topics Jenna talked about is the amount of videos she has switched to private over the years.
Marbles, whose real name is Jenna Mourey, made the videos in question between 2011-2012. "I don't know if that's forever, I don't know how long it's going to be", she admitted. "I'm incredibly sorry if this offended you". Her videos quickly garnered more than 3 billion views.
Comedy vlogger Jenna Marbles has announced she is quitting YouTube over after fans asked her to apologise for her controversial past videos. I've definitely done things in the past that weren't great. "And I'm just trying my best".
In Marbles's announcement video she even shows clips of some of her most questionable old content. "That's not what I ever set out to do - to hurt anyone's feelings, to make anyone feel bad".
The news of Jenna's departure from the virtual space was taken as quite the shock for she has always held the title of the most subscribed-to female artist on YouTube for a large amount of years.
Specifically, the YouTuber brought up a video from 2011 parodying rapper Nicki Minaj, where she wore dark tan foundation and a pink wig. I don't know how long it's gonna be. A large number of tweets were furious over the fact the internet managed to cancel Jenna Marbles whose videos these days are silly, crazy, and frequently all about her dogs - when so many other far more problematic YouTubers like Jake Paul, Shane Dawson, and others are still going strong. Hopefully I've taken down anything that would upset someone and I hope you know that's just not my intent. She apologises if any of those videos hold "nostalgia" for her fans, but argues that a she doesn't want to "put any negativity into the world" including any "content that will offend anyone". She said she never meant to do blackface and admits it was wrong after hearing from people who found her skit offensive. "It is bad. I want it was not part of my previous". As a black person, I fully forgiver her for the Nicki Minaj / black face video.
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. On June 26, Solomita posted a message on TwitLonger announcing he is taking a break from his own YouTube channel to support Marbles during the time. We all have problems in our past, no one in the world is ideal", he goes on, concluding that, without Marbles and her ilk, the site "will be filled with nothing but douchetubers who don't care, while the people who do, gets pushed out.