Longtime YouTuber Jenna Marbles apologies for old, racist videos; quits channel – USA TODAY
Written by on June 26, 2020
Jenna Marbles, a longtime YouTuber with more than 20 million subscribers, says she is quitting YouTube.
In a video posted Thursday titled “A Message,” Marbles (whose real name is Jenna Mourey), 33, said she has made many of her old videos private and that she is going to “move on from this channel for now.”
“I don’t know if that’s forever, I don’t know how long it’s going to be,” she said. “I just want to make sure that the things I’m putting into the world are not hurting anyone. I’m just going to stop, for now or forever. I don’t know.”
Marbles specifically apologized for a 2011 video in which she impersonated Nicki Minaj.
“I do want to tell you, it was not my intention to do blackface,” she said. “This is the end of the video where I took my wig off, I don’t know how else to say this, but it doesn’t matter.”
She continued, “All that matters is that people were offended and it hurt them and for that I’m so unbelievably sorry. This isn’t OK and it hasn’t existed on the Internet for a long time because it’s not OK and I haven’t done anything remotely like that because I heard people say, ‘This is blackface.’ …It’s shameful, it’s awful, I wish it wasn’t part of my past.”
She also addressed another 2011 video in which she makes a joke about Asians, which she calls “awful” and “inexcusable.”
“It shouldn’t have existed. I shouldn’t have said that ever. It’s not cool, it’s not cute, it’s not OK,” she said.
She also apologized for a 2012 video that “came across unbelievably slut-shame-y,” she said.
“It does not reflect my attitude towards anyone and their bodies,” she said.
She also apologized for past videos in which she makes jokes about gender stereotypes, making the videos private
“I don’t think that making jokes about your gender is funny,” she said. “I know that there is a lot of people that struggle with their identity and that have varying fluid identities.”