Jenna Marbles is leaving YouTube after 10 years over racist and derogatory remarks she made.
The YouTuber posted “A Message” to her 20 million followers on Thursday, announcing her departure after she was called on to apologize for her past actions.
“I’m happy to do that because what I want from the people that I support and that I like is to have accountability and to know that I am supporting someone whose morals and values align with my own,” Marbles, 33, said. “Yeah there [are] things in my past I’m not proud of and I’m getting a lot of tweets from people saying, ‘Why have you privated all these old videos and I have spent a lot of the last few days privating almost all of my old content.”
She added, “I’m sorry if any of that holds any nostalgia for you but I’m literally not trying to put out negative things into the world.”
She explained how she feels those old videos show that she has “grown up” over the past 10 years and knows people are “offended” by the clips. “If that’s the case where people will watch something and be offended now, I don’t want it to exist. So I probably deleted a lot of my old content because I just don’t want anyone to feel upset about anything. I don’t want to contribute to that.”
A few of the videos that Marbles referenced and explained included a video where she donned Blackface while making fun of Nicki Minaj, a rap video titled “Bounce That D*ck” that has Asian slurs and all of her “What Guys Do” and “What Girls Do” videos “because I don’t think making jokes about gender is funny.”
“I think there was a time when having all of my old content exist on the internet showed how much I have grown up as a person, which I’m very proud of,” Marbles said. However, “I think now it’s hard for that content to exist at all.”
After her announcement, fellow YouTuber PewDiePie, real name Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, commented on Marbles’ video in her defense, saying she was “one of the most genuinely good people on this platform.”
He added that Marbles was “bullied off the site by mistakes that happened 8-10 years ago.”
PewDiePie continued, “Who cares? These actions reflect in no way who she is and the content she makes today, anyone who watches her can see that.”
“Some things were more [lenient] a few years ago – that’s not to say it was right, but where the line is drawn from the past and today seems non-existent,” he wrote, while pointing out the dangers of “cancel culture.”
“I thought the point was to learn from your mistakes and do better? We all have problems in our past, no one in the world is perfect,” he said.
PewDiePie concluded, “‘So disappointed with the internet and how far things have gotten.”