Jenna Marbles Is Quitting Her YouTube Channel Over Past "Negative" Videos
On Thursday, popular YouTube star Jenna Marbles posted a video announcing that she will no longer be uploading content to her channel. Find out why she's pulling the plug!
Jenna Marbles has chosen to put an end to her time on the streaming platform that made her famous.
As People reports, Marbles— whose real name is Jenna Mourey— uploaded an 11-minute-long video to YouTube, where she told fans of her decision to "move on" from her channel.
Marbles admits to fans that she's "not completely unproblematic"
Marbles' video, which she titled "A Message," sees the vlogger explain why she's decided to leave YouTube behind. As People mentions, she shares that because of the current social climate, "we’re at a time where we are purging ourselves of anything and everything toxic."
Marbles then told fans that while she's "not completely unproblematic" because of some of the content in her past videos, she's trying to do better. "I've tried my best to grow up and be a better person," she said, sharing that she's now disabled "almost all" of her videos so as to "not put negative things into the world."
Marbles says she finds it hard for past content "to exist at all"
Marbles went on to talk about why she found it necessary to take her past videos down. "I think there was a time when having all of my old content exist on the Internet showed how much I have grown up as a person, which I’m very proud of," the YouTube star explained.
"I think now it’s hard for that content to exist at all because I think people watch it and don’t bother to look at when it was posted or care about what path I took to get to where I am. It offends them now and, if that’s the case, where people will watch something and be offended now, I don’t want it to exist."
As People mentions, some of the content of Marbles' now removed old videos includes a clip that showed her shaming women who "ran around and slept around," and a music video where the lyrics seemed to mock Asians.
Marbles apologizes for having done "blackface" Nicki Minaj video
Marbles also directly apologized for a video she'd posted in 2011 where she imitated rapper Nicki Minaj, which she revealed she'd taken down some time ago. "I do just want to tell you that it was not my intention to do blackface," Marbles said.
"I don't know how else to say this, but it doesn't matter because all that matters is that people were offended and it hurt them. For that, I am so unbelievably sorry. This isn't okay and it hasn't existed on the Internet for a long time because it's not okay."
She explained that while she hadn't deliberately done blackface, she understands why some were offended by it. "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," she continued. "It's not okay. It's shameful. It's awful. I wish it wasn't part of my past."
Marbles on past: "I'm just a person trying to navigate the world"
Marbles also talked about being friends with people who have been accused of being "racist" in the past. "I'm just a person trying to navigate the world the same way that you are so I don't always know what's right, what's wrong, what the truth is," she admitted. "I'm just trying my best."
"As someone clearly with their own past that they're not proud of, I do just try to see people for who they are right now, today and that they're not defined by their pasts," Marbles continued.
"I'm trying to do the same thing that you are and support and be friends of people that I'm proud of and that I love and I just know that I'm doing my best."
Marbles says that she "just can't exist" on her YouTube channel
Marbles then expressed her feelings about needing to leave YouTube after reflecting on her past actions. "For now, I just can't exist on this channel," she declared. "Hopefully, I've taken down anything that might upset someone.
"I think I'm just 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. I want to make sure that the things that I put into the world are not hurting anyone."
As People mentions, Marbles ended the video by stressing how "important" it is that she own up to her past missteps. "I want to hold myself accountable, and it's painful to do it," she shared. "It's not fun and it hurts. I'm ashamed of things I've done and said in my past."
Watch Jenna Marbles' emotional final YouTube video here!