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Austin McBroom (born: May 20, 1992 (1992-05-20) [age 27]) and Catherine Paiz (born: August 24, 1990 (1990-08-24) [age 28]), better known online as The ACE Family, are an American YouTube couple from Los Angeles, California. They upload videos of challenges, family life, pranks and vlogs. Their YouTube channel currently has over 16.1 million subscribers and over 2.5 billion video views as of May 2019, and is the 147th most subscribed channel on YouTube.[1]

Channel

Having set up their YouTube channel in 2016, Austin McBroom and Catherine Paiz became very well-known for the pranks that they would play on each other. They took part in challenges and began blogging day to day life. The family mainly use humour to entertain their viewers, and over time they became very successful.

Controversies

Basketball Charity

In June 2018, they held a charity basketball event and announced they would donate $100k towards their charity of choice and any further money the event made. The event was a sell-out and included a performance from Glenn Travis. However, when the ACE Family only donated $75,000 and gave no explanation for why, it caused a controversy for fans who deduced they made a higher amount than that, but never went through with their promise to donate every piece of money made. However, other fans have theorised that the other money might have went towards payment for the event.

Exposed Twitter Tweets

Throughout July and August 2018 many tweets posted by Austin were found which were considered racist and/or sexist. Most of these tweets were posted between 2011 and 2013 and were called out for being offensive particularly to black people, asian people and women in general. Many of the tweets had not been taken down until discovery and the ACE Family has since deleted the thread. 

House Robbed

In August 2018, the ACE Family announced both on social media and in a vlog that their house was robbed when they spent the day at DisneyLand. However, people thought that the behaviour of the police was wrong (e.g. fooling around on camera) and the way they let Austin behave, among other things, contributing to a second controversy that they had faked the robbery. Another video from Austin on Instagram upset people further. The ACE Family deny they have faked anything, and a document filed by the police was found and the burglary was proved to have happened.

App Scam Accusations

In mid 2018 the ACE Family App was released and hype was built up on their main YouTube regarding the exclusive videos available to what Austin described as "real ACE family members". In October however, it was revealed via Twitter that only those who paid a monthly subscription fee would get to view those videos. It was also pointed out about this time that many who had ordered items from the app had been charged but had to wait months for their arrival or had not received them at all. When merchandise ran out on the channel it was not replenished and subscribers continued to be charged resulting in many calling the App a scam. In early 2019 they announced they were taking a break from Youtube to focus on their App.   

Pedophilia Accusations

In January 2019 Austin was accused of inappropriate behavior when he posted a video on Instagram of himself taking a young girl (who is not one of his children) into an alleged adult shop and buying her a phallic shaped lollipop. Shortly after he deactivated his Instagram account before reactivated it a few days later with the video removed.

“Guys, I’m in so much trouble,” says Austin McBroom in the video. “But she said she was gonna steal it if I didn’t buy it, so…”

The child with him is not his own toddler Elle, but appears to be related to his partner, Catherine Paiz, as per BuzzFeed News. The Twitter user who found the footage, @bangtansdurag, alleges Paiz was at the store as well, though she’s not seen in the portion of the video that was uploaded to Twitter. A number of users have responded with concern for the toddler, saying what Austin did constitutes sexualizing a child.

Some Twitter users who responded to the video have noted that the shop Austin took the child into looks to be Spencer’s — a chain novelty store that, unlike many outright adult shops, does not have an age requirement for entry, but nonetheless is known for selling adult-themed products. 

Scamming Audiences Accusations

Another controversy arose in the same month when Catherine and Austin were accused of scamming audiences to increase subscriber numbers. They posted in a video they would give $100,000 to a member of the ACE family (typically a term used to describe subscribers to their channel) who could complete a basketball challenge and asked fans to respond if they wanted to be part of the challenge. Later that same month however, they sent out a post saying they said selected 20 basketball players and YouTubers to compete. Ultimately they gave the money to a wealthy basketball player who they were friends with but was not an official competitor or known to be a subscriber.

Personal Life

Austin was a former NCAA basketball guard who committed to the St. Louis University men's basketball group in Missouri. He has also participated in other sports such as baseball and soccer. In 2015, Austin began dating his spouse, Catherine, who gave birth to their first child, Elle, on May 28, 2016. They were engaged in August 2017.

On February 2018, it was announced that Catherine was expecting a second child. A video titled "MOTHER AND DAUGHTER SURPRISE DADDY WITH PREGNANCY ANNOUNCEMENT!!! (SPEECHLESS)" was uploaded on February 6 and was trending on YouTube. They later announced they would be having a second daughter in a vlog of a party held by Kylie Jenner. In August 2018, fans wrongly deduced the second baby's name would be Esmeralda, when it was spelled out on Elle's board. Austin and Catherine later clarified it was actually the name of their cleaner. On October 17, 2018, Catherine and Austin welcomed their second daughter, Alaia Marie McBroom.

Subscriber Milestones

Video View Milestones

  • 1 billion views: April 16, 2018.
  • 2 billion views: November 3, 2018.

References

  1. Most Subscribed YouTube Channels. watchin.today. Retrieved on 2019-05-03.


This page was created on February 7, 2018 by ChainsmokersFanatic1999.