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Alleged Predator Sam Pepper Finds New Audience On TikTok

Editorial notation:

The following article is only presenting the accusations against a former Youtuber. This article is not intended to establish guilt, nor innocence.

Former YouTuber, Sam Pepper, originally started YouTube in 2010 and has amassed 2 million subscribers. Sam’s Channel was built around “pranks”, though popular at the time, is generally looked down upon amongst other YouTubers.

Sam’s first controversial video was called, “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank”, which he was seen grabbing many women’s butts and despite the video being labeled a “prank”, the women looked genuinely caught off guard.

Following the video, Sam’s video faced instant backlash.One of his most outspoken critics was former YouTuber Laci Green. Sam later said that the video was made to shine a light on male sexual assault victims. According to Sam, he felt uncomfortable with females touching his butt.

He talked about how women are protected and how men aren’t able to ask for help. He also discussed the suicide rates, when it comes to men, being higher. That was the point of the video, according to him.

Not only was this explanation not well received, but many women came forward with their own accusations. They allege that Sam had sexually assaulted them, including beauty influencer, Marina Joyce, in a now deleted video.

Despite the multiple allegations, Sam has repeatedly denied them. In 2016, he unlisted all of his videos, apologized, and tried to rebrand a few times. While this was better received, Sam ended his YouTube career and has now moved onto TikTok, to which he has 3.6 million followers as of this writing.

This is concerning Because the allegations never stopped, even after he stopped uploading to YouTube. Now that he’s moved onto TikTok, it’s likely this new generation has never heard of him, thus not knowing of his allegations.

As of right now, there is still no evidence, only allegations. But the audience he is currently trying to appeal to deserve to know about these accusations so they can be protected, should they be proven factual.

Chris Hansen sparks controversy

Famous journalist, Chris Hansen, has apparantly enraged many of the people who came to trust him. The famous journalist, known for targeting child predators, had allegedly sold the rights for his Onision investigation. While Hansen has claimed it to be a move to gain more attention, the online community is simply not buying it. In one instance, Hansen even blocked an individual who was critical of the act.

Being critical of Hansen, Youtuber “Deity” makes his feelings known. He would later be blocked for this tweet.
In a tweet, “Deity” shows that he had been blocked by the journalist.

Controversies

Although Hansen has had years of experience as a television journalist, he hasn’t been without financial problems. Rather it be millions worth of debt, an arrest, it seems that things haven’t been fairing well for the journalist. It is for this reason, many within the online community speculated that the Onision investigation was a money ploy.

Although Hansen brought a form of momentum to the Onision situation, he hadn’t actually stated any facts that weren’t already available. At one point, Hansen attempted to interview the infamous Youtuber only to be met with local police. Meanwhile, some within the online community speculated this to be a problicity stunt.

Behind the scenes of the investigation, there was a boiling pot of controversy. While much of it was focused on his former employee, Vincent Nicotra, Chris wasn’t spared. Nicotra was infamously known for filing false DMCA claims, doxxing, hate speech, and so fourth. While all of this had been made public, it would take months for Hansen to act. Upon removing Nicotra, things cooled down a bit, but that wouldn’t last.

During the investigation, Hansen made claims that the FBI were investigating. However, when probed, he appeared to be evasive only stating that, “these things take time.” For a community who already felt betrayed, for many reasons, this wasn’t flying very well. The controversy didn’t end on that note, however.

Hansen selling the Onision story seems to have boiled the pot dry. Questions regarding the victims, who entrusted him with their stories, has become a common concern. It also raises questions into Hansen’s current investigation on “Dahvie Vanity.” In this aspect, people can’t help but wonder rather or not Chris will sell this story also.

While selling a story, even if it brings controversy, is common, blocking those who are critical is questionable at best. As a journalist, we are constantly under a microscope, people awaiting for us to slip just so they can berate us. However, doing a move that creates controversy and then blocking those who question it, leads me to question Hansen’s journalistic integrity.

Skai Jackson Is Outing Racists, But is She Taking It Too Far?

Skai Jackson is an 18-year-old actress and is best known for her work on the Disney Channel. Recently, Skai has been using her platform to expose racists, some of them being teens. This has garnered so much attention (both positive and negative) that Rowan University in New Jersey said that they would look into their students who post racist behavior online.

Recently, Skai recieved a twelve hour ban from Twitter due to reports claiming that she was harassing and doxxing teens. While Skai does give out screenshots on social media, as well as clips, of what they’ve said on TikTok, she has stated that she will never give out a person’s adddress. On June 5th she tweeted,

“Also, please don’t send me anyone’s address. I won’t be posting that.. these people have said horrible things but posting someone’s full address is going a little too far. Let’s hope they all live and learn from this situation and educate themselves.”

Some people have also given her the incorrect usernames in regards to outing racists. Skai addressed this on June 6th saying, “If you are sending me someone’s username PLEASE be sure you have it 100% correct. It’s not cool to blame someone for something they didn’t do.”

When it comes to outing racists, Skai made this statement on Instagram regarding why she’s begun doing so:

“During this sensitive time, I’ve seen some horrific statements and social media videos made by Caucasian teens/young adults. Let me say this: If I see you post it, I WILL expose you!! If you think you’re big and bad enough to say it, I will most definitely put your own words on blast!! Don’t reach out to my team of bullying and causing you pain! How do you think your words affect my people?! Your privilege won’t get you out of this one. So no!! I will not take it down! Next time, think about what you say! I will never condone racist remarks/ quotes/slander. You’re the real bullies! You’re victimizers, not the victims! Go boo hoo somewhere else!” #BlackLivesMatter

As someone who uses many social media platforms, including TikTok, I have personally noticed a horrible problem with racists on the platform, and so have many others. Yesterday, I made a video to raise awareness about a teen from Georgia, who had a suspicious death, named Kendrick Johnson. Not only have I been shocked at some of the comments denying that this never happened (I always tell them that this is real), but one person actually wrote, “Good. One less black.” I was about to report him, but TikTok had already removed both his comment and his account.

Also, Skai isn’t the only one doing this. Other people have posted videos from TikTok outing teens and their racist comments. But, there are people who have taken it too far. Again, this hasn’t happened only when it comes to Skai. People have been doxxing racist teens before Skai started doing this.

From what I’ve gathered, Skai is reposting what teens and young adults have willfully put online. I haven’t seen her give out anything but usernames. Which again, she addressed the problem of being sent the wrong username. It’s not doxxing if you yourself put the content out there.

So, while Skai hasn’t been the only one doing this, other people have been doing it for awhile. Skai is very well known, so with that, comes both more positive and negative attention. She has many people backing and defending her. There’s also several others who have accused her of being a “cyberbully” stating that she shouldn’t be targeting teens.

The issue I keep coming back to is that people have been doing this before her and no one batted an eye. But now that a celebrity is doing it, suddenly it’s a whole different ballgame. Could that be because even more eyes are on the teens and young adults who make these racist comments and thus get more attention for their hate speech, which unfortunately, leads to potential doxxing?

Should all the negative attention be put on Skai instead of everyone who has been doing this, or should we learn to face the reality that there are a lot more people than we realized who are openly racist and that it’s a lot more common, and tolerated, than we realized?

Source:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8395807/Skai-Jackson-exposes-teen-racists-Twitter-believe-people-ignorant.html

I also used some of Skai’s own Twitter account for quotes and information Please don;t send her hate.

Dahvie Vanity-We Can’t Forget This

As many of you know by now, Dahvie Vanity was the former lead singer of “Blood on the Dance Floor,” during the Myspace music era in the early 2000’s. He’s now trying to rebrand himself with the name, “Kawaii Monster,” and currently has an active Instagram page (with the comments currently set to limited, of course.)

What’s scary is that with this rebranding, comes a new fanbase, which is actually working! This is exactly why we need to keep this conversation going. It’s been said that Dahvie has raped and assaulted around 100 underage girls and it’s terrifying to think that there could be more.

Most of you are probably wondering, “How can these new fan girls deny the evidence that’s easily accessible?” From my experience exposing alleged predators, even with a lot of evidence backing it up, many people stay in denial. So many people tend to think that their favorite celebrities are perfect and can do no wrong, even when it comes to women my age and older.

That doesn’t mean we should just throw our hands up and surrender, though. I know that not only can we convince some of these new fans, but also, the more we keep getting the word out, the more likely that justice will finally be served for the survivors.

I want to take a moment and address JayyVon Monroe, one of the other former members of “Blood on the Dance Floor.” I am fully aware that Dahvie bullied him, paid his medical bills, and would often threaten not to pay for serious bills such as his HIV medication. That does not absolve him of being complicit. There were many occassions he could have gone to the police, called them, something. He should’t have stayed quiet. There’s no excuse for that.

Also, there’s a video of Jayy with Dahvie making fun of Jessi Slaughter (who is now non-binary and goes by Damien.) Slut shaming them, as well as participating in a song that slut shamed them once again.

A few months ago, an anonymous source sent me a message on Twitter regarding Jayy and “Blood on the Dance Floor.” They informed me that they were a victim during that time period. They also stated that Jayy does know more than he’s admitting to and wants him to own up to it.

In case you’re wondering, no, I haven’t forgotten about Jeffree Star. I was appalled by his interview with Chris Hansen and the excuses that he made. This was his chance to own up to his mistakes he had made during that time but chose not to. The one thing that I’ll agree with Jeffree on is that Jayy needs to own up more. Other than that, Jeffree further proved that he knows how to manipulate and can easily come across as very convincing to those who may not know him well.

Please, let’s keep this conversation going. Don’t stop talking about him. I’ll also start uploading videos again in July and will be following this case more closely on my small Channel. If you’re one of his survivors and haven’t had a chance to speak yet, I’d be more than happy to talk to you for this blog. I will keep your name private if that is want you want. Your voice deserves to be heard.