Jenna Marbles, known and loved for being among the first successful vloggers of YouTube, has officially quit the platform after social media calls to “cancel” her.
Jenna suddenly found herself involved in controversy this week when racially offensive videos from her past resurfaced online–one where she impersonated Nicki Minaj with blackface, another where she sang a rap song with a joke about Asians, and another where she criticized women who “slept around.” The videos in question were from 2011 and 2012, and have now been taken down among many of her older content in her channel.
Jenna then posted a long message to apologize for her actions, after which she tearfully announced her departure from YouTube.
“It was not my intention to do blackface,” she said about her blackface video. “I do want to tell you how unbelievably sorry I am if I ever offended you by posting this video or by doing this impression, and that that was never my intention.
It’s not okay. It’s shameful. It’s awful. I wish it wasn’t part of my past.”
“For now, I just can’t exist on this channel … I think I’m just going to move on from this channel for now,” she shared. “I don’t know how long it’s going to be. I just want to make sure the things I’m putting in the world aren’t hurting anyone … so I need to be done with this channel, for now or for forever.”
Jenna had been on YouTube for 10 years, earning 20 million subscribers and a total of 3.3 billion views for her comedic content.
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