David Dobrik and The Vlog Squad face backlash over recent sexual assault allegations: Following weeks of controversy surrounding sexual assault allegations against David Dobrik and his Vlog Squad, Dobrik has issued a brief statement on YouTube, claiming that “consent is super, super important” to him and acknowledging that he has removed videos from his channel that he no longer “agrees with.” In February, Dobrik and current Vlog Squad member Jason Nash were accused of sexual assault by former Vlog Squad member Seth François, for two videos in which Nash made out with François without his consent.
All about David Dobrik and his YouTube Channel
Dávid Julián Dobrík, born July 23, 1996 is a Slovak American YouTuber, comedian, actor and podcaster. He found early success on the video sharing platform Vine, before starting his vlog on his YouTube channel in 2015. Dobrik is known for being the leader of the popular YouTube ensemble The Vlog Squad, which features prominently in his vlogs and comprises rotating selections of his friend group. As of February 2021, Dobrik’s vlog channel had accumulated 18.9 million subscribers and 8.2 billion views. The channel was the fifth-most viewed creator channel on YouTube in 2019, with 2.4 billion views that year. In March 2020, he was called “Gen Z’s Jimmy Fallon” by The Wall Street Journal.
Beyond internet entertainment, Dobrik voice acted the role of Axel in The Angry Birds Movie 2, from November 2019 to January 2020, was one of the judges on the Nickelodeon TV show America’s Most Musical Family, hosted The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special, and, as of August 2020, hosts Discovery Channel’s reality competition TV show Dodgeball Thunderdome.
“Cancel David Dobrik”: Vlog Squad under fire as underage girls allege sexual assault after Seth Francois’ allegations
The domino effect of former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois’s shocking allegations against David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad continues to run its course.
In a revelatory interview with Ethan and Hila Klein on the H3H3 podcast, Francois recounted his traumatizing experience of being forced by Dobrik to make out with 47-year-old Jason Nash without consent.
Francois delved into the disturbing details that preceded the infamous prank make-out video with Nash, revealing the incident to be one of the major reasons that forced him to move to Atlanta from Los Angeles.
In the wake of the shocking allegations, more victims have now reportedly come forward, according to Nash’s ex Trisha Paytas. The victims are allegedly underage girls.
In the clip above from a recent Frenemies podcast episode, Paytas informed Klein about multiple underage girls who have approached her about allegations of sexual assault against Nash and the Vlog Squad members.
Several Twitter users have begun calling for Dobrik and the Vlog Squad to be canceled in light of mounting criticism.
Why is David Dobrik Cancelled?
David Dobrik has been ‘cancelled’ by some people on social media for several reasons. The drama started when former Vlog squad member Seth Francois came forward with some serious allegations.
Seth called out David and Jason Nash for doing a kissing prank on him without his consent. Appearing on the H3H3 podcast on February 13, he explained, “It was a video where David set up with Jason Nash and Corinna (Kopf) and said that I was supposed to do a make-out scene with Corinna and he was gonna have her in an old man mask and then switched her out with Jason Nash. After Jason pulled off his mask, I realized that I was just touched by someone I did not consent to.”
Following this, Trisha Paytas also weighed in on what was happening. In an H3 podcast posted on February 17, Trisha admitted she has had many people come forward who accused Jason of various things. “He is doing some sh**ty sh*t,” she said. At the same time, Trisha alleged that David was tight-lipped despite being aware of the drama that was going on.
David Dobrik’s Apology Explored
After being tight-lipped for a long time, David finally broke his silence. On March 17 as the YouTuber uploaded a video titled ‘let’s talk.’ He decided to “address some conversations that have been going on.”
In the video, David says,
“Consent is something that is super super important to me, whether I am shooting with a friend, or I am shooting with a stranger, I make sure whatever video I am putting out I have the approval from that person. I also acknowledge that there are times when a person changes their mind and they no longer wanted to be associated with or be in the video that I am putting up, and then I will take the video down.”
He further admitted that he has taken down videos that he has felt might have disrespected some person. “I don’t want them up because I have grown as a content creator and as a person.”
Speaking about the Seth situation, he said,
“I am sorry to Seth. Like I said, I just want to make videos where everyone who is participating is enjoying and having a good time. I missed the mark with that one. I am really sorry.”
He continued that he chose to distance himself from people whose thoughts did not align with his anymore. “I have been really disappointed with some of my friends, and for that reason, I have separated from a lot of them.”
He concluded the post by saying,
“I am sorry if I have let you down and things like that won’t happen again. I have learned from those mistakes and I also believe actions speak a lot louder than words. I will show you and prove to you that mistakes I made before won’t be happening again.”
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