Controversial YouTuber Colleen Ballinger has FINALLY addressed the Toxic Gossip Train-wreck, but people aren’t convinced, claiming it’s just another money-making move..
The alleged behaviour included sending sexually suggestive messages, ‘grooming’, and ‘trauma dumping’ on underaged fans.
Former fan Adam McIntyre has been one of the most vocal accusers against Colleen, and has joined the chat once again to call this latest non-apology a "slap in the face" with a reaction video titled 'Colleen Ballinger hasn’t changed'.
In her latest video titled ‘fall vlog’, Colleen spent the first few minutes addressing the ukulele video, labelling it as “embarrassing”.
The second attempt at an apology began: “Obviously, the last video that I posted on here was really embarrassing, to say the least.
“I was being accused of some very awful things and I just was mad, and I should’ve handled that situation with maturity and empathy, but instead, I let my ego take over, and I’m really disappointed in myself,” she added.
The YouTuber went on to apologise for the alleged behaviour, saying she was “immature” and “inappropriate with [her] comedy”.
“There were times where I did not put enough thought into my fan interactions, and because of that behaviour, people got hurt,” she continued.
“I am so sorry. I never wanted to hurt anybody, but it’s clear that I did, and I feel so terrible about that.”
Despite the apology Adam took to his own channel, calling the latest apology “a slap in the face” and a “bold-faced lie”.
He claims Colleen was strategic with her timing of the video, posting it at a time when he was unable to react quickly and therefore appearing “silent” on the situation.
Due to posting on Saturday night in the UK, Adam was unable to react until the following day.
He believes it was a “tactical” move from Colleen as reports would be slim over the weekend giving Colleen a chance to profit off the attempt of good publicity.
Being a YouTuber himself, Adam shared that the convenience of Colleen returning to the platform within a six-month window from her “toxic gossip train” video, meant that her YouTube channel would continue to be monetised into the Christmas holiday season.
According to Google Support: “YouTube does reserve the right, at its discretion, to remove monetisation from channels if a channel is inactive and not uploading or posting Community posts for 6 months or more.”
So, was this all a big-money move? Adam further explained that this coming week is HUGE for AdSense ahead of the big gift-buying season. This means many YouTubers will see a peak in money made during this time of the year.
“Obviously, everything she’s doing has been for money throughout her entire career and we’re seeing it right here,” Adam says in his reaction video.
Adam confirmed he has not received private communication or apology from Colleen in any way.
Colleen has not removed her so-called “embarrassing” video containing the ‘Toxic Gossip Train’ song and it continues to be her most-watched video on her YouTube channel.