Colleen Ballinger has denied allegations she “groomed” and fashioned inappropriate relationships with underage followers.
The YouTuber, 36, who initially discovered fame together with her alter ego Miranda Sings, lately took to social media to refute the claims by way of a music titled “Poisonous Gossip Practice.” In a YouTube video posted on Wednesday, June 28, Ballinger performed the ukulele and claimed viewers had been on a “one-way ticket to manipulation station” whereas the web “ties me to the tracks and harass me for my previous.”
Ballinger started her video by alleging that “some individuals are saying issues about me that simply aren’t true” and that “regardless that my staff has strongly suggested me to not say what I’m going to say, I noticed they by no means mentioned I couldn’t sing about what I wish to say.”
The content material creator then jumped into her tune, explaining that she used to message her followers “to be besties with all people” however “didn’t perceive that perhaps there must be some boundaries there.” She added that had no plans to “take the route” of claiming she is “100% within the unsuitable” and to take action can be “admitting to lies and rumors that you simply made up for clout.”
The Haters Again Off star additionally claimed that whereas had been “instances within the DMs after I would overshare particulars of my life which was actually bizarre of me” she hasn’t “accomplished that in years” and has already taken “accountability” for her errors.
“The one factor I’ve ever groomed is my two Persian cats / I’m not a groomer, only a loser / who didn’t perceive I shouldn’t reply to followers / and I’m not a predator regardless that lots of you suppose so / as a result of 5 years in the past I made a fart joke,” she sang into the digital camera.
Ballinger was accused of grooming her followers earlier this month when YouTuber KodeeRants shared alleged screenshots between a gaggle of younger followers and Ballinger. The actress allegedly requested the textual content chain, titled “Colleen’s Weenies,” their “favourite place” throughout one explicit dialog, in accordance with NBC Information. (KodeeRants has since deleted their YouTube and Twitter accounts.)
The allegations in opposition to Ballinger started again in 2020 when content material creator Adam McIntyre made a YouTube video claiming that Ballinger fashioned “an inappropriate private friendship with him whereas he was between the ages of 13 and 16, which included her sending him lingerie as a joke.”
Ballinger responded to McIntyre’s claims on the time by way of her personal video titled “Addressing The whole lot,” during which she claimed McIntyre requested for the underwear to be despatched to him after she posted an internet unboxing clip. Ballinger additionally famous that it grew to become a “huge joke inside the fandom.”
“Now, in hindsight, I see how utterly silly of me, I ought to have by no means despatched that,” Ballinger added within the 2020 video. “I don’t know what a part of my mind was lacking on the time that I assumed, ‘Oh this can be a regular, foolish factor to do.’”
Chatting with NBC Information final week, a fan named Erin shared why allegations in opposition to Ballinger are coming to mild in 2023. “The rationale that that is, I feel, gaining a lot traction now’s as a result of all of her first cycle of followers that she had, you understand, me and the opposite group of followers that began 10 years in the past, we’ve all grown up now,” she advised the outlet. “And we’re recognizing … the parasocial relationships that she has allowed to occur and inspired to occur.”