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Controversial YouTubers are YouTubers that have been exposed to predatorious and criminal behavior on YouTube as well as those who have been accused of such acts, but were later debunked. These YouTubers might also be controversial for other reasons as well. Most of these YouTubers end up getting their YouTube channels terminated for violation of policies and some even get imprisoned. They might also lose subscribers and even abandon their channel altogether depending on the severity of the situation.

YouTubers that were exposed

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Murderers

  • 2011 - Classitup10: Also known as Jared Lee Loughner, Jared is a convicted American mass murderer who killed 6 people and injured 13 people in the Tucson shooting.
  • 2012 – LensCapProductions: Trey Eric Sesler was an anime enthusiast and a film enthusiast, who once reviewed anime on YouTube. In March 20, 2012, Sesler shot and killed his mother Ronda, his dad Lawtin, and his brother Mark. After committing the act, he wrote down on the walls, "Why did I do this? I love my mom, dad and brother." Interrogations found that he had actually killed his family to spare them from knowing that he wanted to shoot up the Waller Junior High School, with his goal being to kill at least 70 people. Once arrested, Sesler was sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2014 – Elliot Rodger: Elliot Rodger was an American YouTuber vlogger, known for creating videos in his own car. His final video was a video where he explained his life. In the end, Rodger ended up killing 6 people in a school massacre and then himself.
  • 2017 - Vance Stone: William Edward Atchison was a american youtuber who became well known in the true crime community from his real life tragedy videos and shitposting. His depression and obession with mass shootings lead him to kill 2 students at Aztec High School before commiting suicide.
  • 2018 – Nasim Najafi Aghdam: Nasim was a Iranian bodybuilder YouTuber, who became widely famous for making the first YouTube Shooting, in which she injured four staff members and killed herself. The reasoning behind the shooting was because she got upset with the YouTube platform.

Sexual Predators

  • 2012– Mike Lombardo: Mike Lombardo was a singer/songwriter YouTuber with the username MikeLombardoMusic who was arrested on July 25, 2012 for having indecent photographs of underage fans. He was sent to prison on February 28, 2014 and released on August 16, 2018 after serving his five year sentence.
  • 2013 – Sam: Sam Pepper was an British vlogger. He used to be very popular until women started claiming that Sam had been sexually harassing them. Marina Joyce has claimed that Sam had been sexually abusing her when she was 16 and Sam was 24. DottieJames, another YouTuber, also claimed that Sam had been abusing her as well. Sam's career went rapidly downhill after the claims. Today Sam left his YouTube channel and moved to his new YouTube channel Sam Pepper Live.
  • 2015 – LionMaker: LionMaker is an American Gaming YouTuber who got exposed to talking sexually to underage fans, and for requesting nudity from the fans. All of this ended with LionMaker getting his original channel terminated.
  • 2016 – JinBop: Jinbop was an American Gaming YouTuber, who abruptly stopped uploading videos. The reasoning behind why he stopped was because he went to have intercourse, while also having a video camera (though for unrelated purposes), with an underage fan who exposed herself to him. He ended up in prison for the production of indecent images of children.
  • 2016 – Whitney Wisconsin: Whitney Wisconsin (also known as the Dog F**ker) was an American vlogger, who got famous for her first video, in which she is explaining why is it good to have sexual intercourse with dogs. After this, LeafyisHere created a video on the subject, which gave her much more attention. People also started finding pornographic material of Whitney actually doing the sin.
  • 2017 – Austin Jones: Austin Jones was an American singer, who got exposed for messaging underage fans. In the messages, Austin would teach his fans how to twerk for him, and he would make them feel unwanted and like they let him down if they didn't please him. This ended with Austin Jones getting arrested in 2017, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. His YouTube channel also got terminated.
  • 2017 - Joel Faviere: John Faviere was an American singer and YouTuber who posted his music to his own channel, who briefly was the lead vocalist of the band Get Scared from 2011-2012. In 2017, he was arrested in a police sting after a device in a house he was staying in was found to have thousands of images of children, including babies, and he later admitted to being addicted to it and was given 13 years in prison.
  • 2017 – Exurb1a is a suspect of rape in The Netherlands. His co-host from The Half Drunk and Curious podcast [1], artist and activist Photoandgrime (Pieke Roelofs), who has autism, filed multiple police reports against him in 2017.[2][3][4] The criminal complaints Photoandgrime filed range from harassment to physical violence, rape, threats and blackmail. The case against Exurb1a is still in Dutch court and has been going on since 2017.[5][6]The duration of the case is linked to police not being able to locate Exurb1a, who has not turned himself in yet.[7] Exurb1a has never publicly denied the accusations against him, and has deleted comments on his own subreddit about the case before he was banned from his own subreddit. [8]
  • 2018 – ToonKriticY2K: ToonKriticY2K was an American YouTuber who was an analyst for the Brony community. In January 2018, he was exposed for doing sexual roleplays with a 14-15 year old from the Philippines on Skype. Many of the screencaps date back as early as November 2016. He later admitted to these allegations and deleted most of his accounts online including his YouTube Channel. Despite being exposed, Toon hasn't been arrested and charged as guilty and remains online under another identity.
  • 2018 – Gaga Stajls: Gaga Stajls was a Serbian YouTube star, who was known for making horrifying videos on YouTube, until his channels got shut down. In 2018, a news outlet came out about a video in which Gaga is sexually abusing a goat, saying very disgusting stuff what he will do to the goat. The news outlet also said that Gaga had a Facebook page, where he would write all the stuff he would do to the animal, and it's also been confirmed that Gaga had actually been working in a child-care center.
  • 2018 – Kero The Wolf: Kero The Wolf was a furry YouTuber who became semi-popular in July 2017 when he was interviewed by Shane Dawson in a now deleted video. Leaks on Twitter were revealed in September 2018 which exposed Kero for sexually abusing his dog Koda. Many of these screencaps came from various platforms including a bestiality forum and Telegram, some of which date back as early as 2012. He was also accused for acts of pedophilia which were later dismissed. As of February 2020, he has not been charged as guilty for his actions but hasn't uploaded on YouTube since November 2018 after his equipment was confiscated by police.
  • 2019 – Raedwulfgamer:  Raedwulfgamer was a gaming YouTuber who was arrested and charged with luring a child and making indecent imagery available to a child. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently unknown when he will be on trial. 
  • 2019 – Onision: Onision is an American YouTuber, commonly known for his "I'm A Banana Song". Onision got exposed for abusing women, being in sexual-relations with minors and animals (precisely dogs). Infamous American predator exposer, Chris Hansen, has started talking to underage victims of Onision. Hansen also said that the police is involved in solving the case.
  • 2020 – Cryaotic: On June 20, 2020, Cryaotic admitted to engaging in romantic activities with underage girls. The video he posted was 4 minutes and 23 seconds long, and he received a large amount of backlash. The video itself was short, and there were many that felt he glossed over the major parts of the situation and the apology was lackluster. He has since said he will post a followup video with a more thought out statement. Several other members of the Late Night Crew have made statements on the issue, as well as several of his victims.
  • 2020 – Mini Ladd: In June 2020, two women on Twitter named Halley and Ash came out about Craig manipulating them in his 20s while they were underage. Soon after, his ex-girlfriend SuniDey also came out stating that their relationship was "extremely toxic and manipulative," and addressed false rumors that he had raped her. Craig would later make an apology on Twitter where he admitted to his behaviour and said he would get therapy [ref], he is currently taking an indefinite break. After the allegations came out, his editor Ty Widdas removed his mention of Mini Ladd from his Twittter bio, leading many to assume that he will no longer edit his videos, but this has yet to be confirmed.
  • 2020 – Cosmodore: In June 2020, Cosmodore posted a video on his channel announcing that he was taking a hiatus from making videos in order to deal with some personal issues. A month later, in July 2020, it was revealed what those issues were. Cosmo posted a story on his channel where he admitted that during 2019, he was in a relationship with a 15 year old girl. As more details began to come out, it became clear that Cosmo was emotionally abusive to his victim by the time their relationship had reached its end. Many people in Cosmo circles reacted in shock and disgust, with many of them stating they've cut ties with him and are either removing videos that featured him or are putting warnings in the comments section of said videos.
  • 2020 - Mangs: On July 8th, 2020, Fire Emblem YouTuber Goosaphone released a Twitlonger going over how Mangs, another highly popular Fire Emblem YouTuber, had been manipulating her since 2016, to the point of sexually assaulting her at Anime North 2019. Another user, Lucky Crit, released a statement of his own supporting Goosaphone's accusation and announcing that he would no longer be working with Mangs. Later that day, Mangs responded with his own TwitLonger, attempting to refute Goosaphone's accusations towards him, but in the end apologizing for how Goosaphone interpreted his actions. The following day, Mangs made a more conclusive post on TwitLonger apologizing for his behavior towards Goosaphone and his other victims. In his second post, he announced that he would be deleting his Twitter account, and that ownership of his Discord server would be transferred to one of the admins. Though Mangs had also abandoned his channel, he left it up so that viewers could still view his content.

Abusers

  • 2012 – VitalyzdTv: On June 16, 2012, Zdorovetskiy and cameraman Jonathan Vanegas filmed the "Russian Hitman Prank". As part of the prank, Zdorovetskiy approached a Boca Raton Resort man and informed him they had 60 seconds to get away from a briefcase he placed on the ground. After Zdorovetskiy revealed the whole thing to be a prank and that there was a hidden camera nearby, the man started attacking him and his partner and called the police. Zdorovetskiy was arrested by Boca Raton police department, facing a maximum of 15 years in prison on charges of threatening to detonate a bomb. On April 12, 2020, Zdorovetskiy was arrested for allegedly randomly assaulting a female jogger in Miami Beach. He was released from custody after posting a $7,500 bond.
  • 2015 – Nicole Arbour: Nicole Arbour is an Canadian model, comedian, actress and YouTube-vlogger. She became famous when she became in a relationship with the famous YouTube star Matthew Santoro. The relationship was doing fine until Nicole started abusing Matthew, to the point of threatening Matthew of wanting to stab him. Nicole was also known for her video Dear Fat People, where she was making fun of fat people.
  • 2016 – CJ SO COOL: Cj So Cool is an American vlogging YouTuber. He released a prank video where he gave his own kids laxatives. In the video, you can see the kids suffering brutally. People started rapidly hating on CJ, but the hate reduced over the years.
  • 2016 – NintendoGamingHD: After being blocked by VideoGamePhenom due to posting personal information, it created multiple accounts to impersonate and attack VGP. Hencemore, it flagged videos owned by VGP for copyright infringement, resulting in the takedown of nearly 60 videos that VGP had on hand. The claims it made were deemed false,against the site's Terms of Use, but its channel still remains intact. In 2018, it created a new side channel, VideoGameCollectionHD to continue posting content and was used to flag videos when VideoGamePhenom made a comeback.
  • 2017 – DaddyOFive: Michael Christopher "Mike" Martin, also known as DaddyOFive, is an American vlogging YouTube star. On the channel, Michael would make videos of his kids and wife. In some videos, the youngest kid, by the name Cody, gets brutally bullied by his family members. This all ended when Michael released a video where he pranked Cody that he made a mess on the carpet. Cody seemed extremely scared and afraid to the point of starting to cry, when Michael started rapidly screaming at him. In the end, Cody and his sister were moved to their biological mother, and Michael lost privileges to two of his children. Today Michael still uploads videos at Team DO5 Fans.
  • 2018 – Peluchin Entertainment: Matías Ignacio Vera Oyarzo, also known as Peluchin Entertainment, is a Chilean YouTuber in the Spanish YouTube community. In December 2018, a video resurfaced on YouTube showing Matias torturing and abusing his cat Jason. Jason later died from the injuries and Matias later abused two more kittens. Many have called for his arrest, but as of February 2020 is still online.
  • 2018 – VideoGameCollectionHD: This side channel of NintendoGamingHD made an immediate response when VideoGamePhenom was coming back to post gaming content. It flagged videos owned by VGP for copyright, resulting in the takedown of those videos and terminating VGP. By August 2018, it continued making claims on VGP's videos, but was terminated itself as the YouTube team finally acknowledged that it violated the site's Terms of Use. Four days later, its channel was reinstated. Around the time of its termination, Alex Rodriguez (not related to the baseball player), who owns NintendoGamingHD and VideoGameCollectionHD, made threats to a law enforcement team using VGP's personal information, resulting in a local police department and the FBI checking in to the residence of VGP as a sign of swatting. Three months later, Rodriguez used VGP's personal information again to post a suicide threat, resulting in police checking into VGP's residence mistakenly for the second time. Rodriguez was never caught up by law enforcement since today and both of his channels still remain active, despite multiple violations that he committed on and off YouTube.
  • 2019 – Hero Alom: Hero Alom was accused of assaulting his wife for the commission of dowry, which has been banned by the Bangladeshi as well as the Indian constitution. He was arrested in March 2019 due to this reason.
  • 2020 – ImJayStation: Jason Ethier, also known as ImJayStation, is a YouTuber from Canada that is known for his 3 AM videos and challenge videos. In January 2020, Jason uploaded a video where he said that his now ex girlfriend Alexia Marano was killed in a car crash. Since this video came out, many have accused Jason of being abusive , manipulative, and controlling towards women he was dating. As a result of faking his ex girlfriend's death among other things Jason was arrested in February 2020.
  • 2020 – Chilly: Chilly Jimenez is a YouTube vlogger who was SuperMarioLogan's former fiancée and Titototter's sister. In February 2020, it was revealed by Logan and one of his crew members Lovell Stanton that Chilly was cheating on Logan for over 3 years and acted differently behind the scenes than how she portrayed herself on camera. She has been called a "gold digger" and took advantage of Logan and his wealth. In addition, she disliked his family and did not let him contact or see them and instead forced him to support her family over his own. After several years of being abused, Logan finally kicked Chilly and her brother Tito out of his house.

Other Reasons

  • 2007 - Chris NEO: Chris NEO, also formerly known as The Irate Gamer, is a gaming YouTuber. He became somewhat controversial in 2007 for his Irate Gamer series which many believe copied the style of James Rolfe's Angry Video Game Nerd series. Although James himself denies this, many believe Chris Bores plagiarized James in his videos and YouTube acknowledged him over James for it. As of 2018, most still have mixed feelings towards Chris.
  • 2007 - CwcvilleGuardian: Christine Weston Chandler, also known by many as just Chris-Chan, is a YouTube vlogger and infamous trolling target. She became infamous on YouTube after starting her original Sonichu channel in May 2007. There, she uploaded many videos of herself raging over things like the color of Sonic The Hedgehog's arms and such. Although she's since then abandoned her original channel, she continues to upload on another channel and now identifies as a woman.
  • 2007 - GameLife was a video game review channel. In April of 2007, host Andrew Rosenblum was arrested after having sent a threatening email to an ex-girlfriend. Rosenblum wrote in the email to her saying, "(I)'m gonna (expletive) bring a gun to your school and kill you and K (another female student) and everybody you love. It's gonna be VT all over again ... Seriously I'm just that demented ... killing people can change people's lives forever. (T)he best is in the end when I pull the trigger on myself, too." The email was made hours after the actual Virginia Tech shooting.[9]
  • 2017 - Webs and Tiaras: Webs and Tiaras was a YouTube channel infamous for being one of the more controversial channels within the Spiderman and Elsa subgenre, also known as Elsagate. When it was active, it obtained a total of 3.7 billion views. As a result of YouTube purging channels with inappropriate content not meant for kids, Web and Tiaras ended up being terminated by November 2017.
  • 2017 - Ryan's World: Ryan's World is a YouTube channel operated by a young kid named Ryan Kaji. Since his rise to fame, Ryan's family have been faced with numerous controversies including claims of view-botting, using inappropriate content not meant for kids in their videos, and violating COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act). Some also accused Ryan's parents of abusing Ryan to make more money off of YouTube.
  • 2017 - Logan Paul: Logan Paul is a American YouTuber, singer-songwriter, actor, director, and professional boxer. Although a very successful YouTuber overall, Logan Paul has been faced with numerous controversies since 2017. His most infamous controversy was the now deleted Suicide Forest video which resulted in YouTube demonetizing his channel and changing various policies as a result of severe media backlash.
  • 2018 - Channel Awesome: Channel Awesome is a company operated by Doug Walker who became famous for his Nostalgic Critic series. In March/April 2018, Channel Awesome was accused by many online personalities for abuse of it's creators besides Doug Walker. Some allegations made against Channel Awesome included turning a blind eye to sexual harassment until it almost got violent, not compensating people for days of work, not providing food or water for people on their movie sets, and trying to force two of their contributors to do a rape/sexual assault scene.
  • 2020 - Katerino: She cheated on both of her boyfriends, including Carson and another unnamed man with Fitz and a few more unnamed people who have been rumored to have had a relationship with her. It started when Carson went on break due to mental health reasons. It escalated when a Reddit user posted on r/callmecarson suggesting that Kate cheated on Carson with Fitz. Carson confirmed this, leading to hate being given to both Kate and Fitz. Kate responded to the situation with an apology video on her channel. In the video, Kate explained that she had made it clear that she did not want a relationship with Carson yet "still let him come on." She also said that she too had been having mental health problems. However, many people, most notably a fellow Twitch streamer Jawsh, said that mental health issues is no excuse for what she did to Carson. Also, a fellow YouTuber, Jameskii, said to "bring a pet to the next apology, I hear they help." This only added to the hate Kate was getting. Her Apology video currently has 517K Dislikes.

Alleged/Debunked Accusations

Some YouTubers have been convicted of predatory and criminal behavior, but they got debunked or there wasn't enough information for the claims.

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  • 2016 – Bashurverse: Bashurverse was a gaming YouTuber which got accused of rape and nincomphilia. There was not enough evidence for the claims, but his career was over.
  • 2016 – DramaAlert: DramaAlert is the biggest American YouTube news platform, which is owned by Daniel Keem. In 2016, Daniel got exposed by LeafyIsHere and GradeAUnderA for various stuff, one of which was that Daniel is a nincomphile. Daniel instantly responded debunking saying that Leafy and Grade are manipulating with fans.
  • 2018 – Pkrussl: Pkrussl is an comedic YouTuber from Iowa who is well known for his animation meme reviews as well as other "cringe" centered content. In the midst of the Kero The Wolf scandal in September 2018, Pkrussl made a video where he tried "reasoning" to others regarding the situation. This caused some to judge him by the name of the video and accused him of supporting Kero. Some also accused Pkrussl of having interests in cub porn, but this was later dismissed.
  • 2019 – ProJared: ProJared is an American YouTube commentator, whose wife exposed him for cheating on her. Once she exposed him, fans have been complaining that ProJared has been hitting on underage fans. The result of this ended with ProJared losing 23% of his subscriber count. In the end, ProJared made a very detailed video debunking the situation, therefore clearing his name.
  • 2019 – Shane Dawson: Shane Dawson is an American YouTuber who allegedly had sex with his own cat. Shane responded on Twitter explaining that he never had any sexual contact with his cat, and that in fact it was only a joke he made when he was younger. In 2020, Shane faced controversy again after people took notice of old videos of him in blackface, his possible involvement with the Tati/James Charles controversy, as well as his creepy podcasts where he "jokes" about how he hit on minors; one including Willow Smith, who is the daughter of Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith and the sister of Jaden Smith. Jada and Jaden then promptly called his behavior out on twitter.
  • 2020 – Baka Prase - Baka Prase is a Serbian YouTubers, which is also the most subscribed Serbian YouTuber. In July of 2020, Prase has been accused of having a sexual intercourse with a minor, to which Prase explained and confirmed that he did have it with a 16-year old girl, which told him that she is 18. After the news came out, Prases sponsors instantly dropped him, and Prase created a music-video regarding the situation.

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