YouTuber and influencer Tana Mongeau has courted her share of scandals through the years, from the infamous TanaCon to her controversial appearances on MTV’s digital collection, MTV No Filter. But in 2020, Mongeau has appeared to return underneath fireplace greater than ever.
Recently, Mongeau launched an apology video on YouTube wherein she declared that she was lastly able to take accountability for her conduct. But followers and fellow YouTubers alike extensively slammed the apology, claiming it was disingenuous.
Mongeau was criticized in latest months for each her previous and present conduct
Mongeau, 22, confronted backlash and criticism—even from longtime followers—earlier in 2020 amid accusations of racist microaggressions and refusal to observe social distancing tips. YouTubers SimplyNessa and Kahlen Barry launched movies wherein they referred to as Mongeau out for alleged racist feedback and conduct. Meanwhile, a few of Mongeau’s former offensive tweets resurfaced and started to flow into once more.
What’s extra, lots of Mongeau’s followers criticized her for brazenly (and repeatedly) partying alongside different social media influencers throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the previous MTV star’s followers argued that Mongeau was influencing her younger fanbase to do the identical, whereas downplaying the importance of the COVID-19 disaster and ignoring tips about sporting masks and social distancing.
The influencer posted an apology video wherein she claimed she was able to take accountability
In a Sept. four YouTube video titled “a long overdue apology,” Tana claimed she was able to take a “journey” in the direction of higher accountability for her previous actions.
As for the racist microaggressions of which she’d been accused, Tana admitted that she didn’t really feel she had the best to remark a lot past an apology.
“I also understand, with the white privilege that I possess,” she acknowledged, “I have no right to ask or expect forgiveness from anyone that I have hurt with my actions… I see so clearly now the microaggressions and terrible values that I was enveloped in for 15 years of my life.”
Claiming that she’d listened to “yes people” and enablers prior to now, Tana went on to share that she’d been exposing herself and others to the “explosive effects of what running from your problems can do.” Expressing her “utter disgust” for her previous apology movies—which, she defined, had been all about “pandering, deflecting, and making excuses” to get viewers to love her—the YouTuber mentioned she didn’t need to have a platform till she took accountability.
Tana additionally admitted that even her latest actions hadn’t matched her promise to work on herself and her conduct months earlier. Concluding by encouraging her followers to vote and to donate to worthy causes just like the NAACP, Tana promised to do higher sooner or later.
“I intend on showing you that with action, education, and time,” she assured viewers.
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Some YouTubers thought Mongeau’s apology was insufficient
Many of Tana’s followers within the YouTube group discovered her apology off-putting. Some viewers believed the influencer had merely learn a script written for her by a supervisor or PR workforce, whereas others referred to as the video “vague” and “robotic” as an alternative of real. The video’s like-to-dislike ratio was telling, suggesting that it wasn’t extensively well-received.
YouTuber Smokey Glow criticized Tana’s apology video, arguing that it was “riddled with contradictions” and will have been launched months earlier.
“She literally did not explain or go into detail about anything,” the YouTuber identified in a video about Tana’s apology, including that true accountability would probably embrace particular apologies for specific actions.
“I think Tana is under the impression that accountability and responsibility are the same things,” Smokey Glow mentioned. Later, she added, “There’s no accountability to be taken when you’ve been having the time of your life, living in a Beverly Hills mansion, partying constantly, breaking social distancing constantly.”
Others thought Tana lacked the ‘self-awareness’ to craft a real apology
Another YouTuber, Alizee, shared a number of of Smokey Glow’s and followers’ complaints about Tana’s apology.
“She’s being vague about what she’s apologizing for,” Alizee lamented in her personal video. “She’s just talking about it in general terms. And I feel like, to show growth, you kind of have to go into and understand…to show genuine introspection.”
The YouTuber argued that Tana must dig extra deeply if she really wished to make amends and take possession for her unhealthy conduct. “I don’t believe she has any semblance of self-awareness enough to do this, to really introspect about why she did these things in the first place,” Alizee mentioned.
As for Mongeau, she has since denied the suggestion that she didn’t write the apology herself. But scores of followers and content material creators have taken to social media to proceed to name Tana out for her video, which many proceed to consider was insufficient.