When social media influencers’ bad or illegal behavior is brought to light, the most common reaction is to cancel them. Sometimes it’s justifiable, while other times, it’s unfair. Over the past couple of years, we have seen the rise and fall of idolized influencers, such as the Vlog Squad. Is it finally time for these social media gurus to be held accountable for their actions?
What is the Vlog Squad?
Currently, the most discussed allegations are related to the Vlog Squad, a popular friend group of YouTubers formed via the discontinued app Vine. These social media influencers recently came under fire for multiple accusations – the most recent and well-known being against Jason Nash and Dom Zeglaitis (“Durte Dom”) for sexual assault. And although this accusation is not mentioned as much, it’s equally important to discuss: Brandon Calvillo is accused of allegedly dating a minor.
Seth Francois and the Vlog Squad
Last summer, Seth Francois – YouTuber and former Vlog Squad member – claimed that he did not consent to kiss Jason Nash for filmed pranks. Multiple times, Francois was told that he was kissing women – which he consented to – when in reality, it was Jason Nash in disguise. Until February 2021, Francois was criticized for being a “clout chaser,” or someone who does anything online to garner attention. But last month, Francois went on the H3 podcast, hosted by Ethan and Hila Klein, to talk about his experience. After the interview, more people began to take his allegations seriously.
More accused YouTubers
However, allegations are not only against the Vlog Squad. Social media influencers Shane Dawson, Jeffree Starr and James Charles have also been accused of offensive and/or illegal acts. Do you think these influencers need to be held accountable for their actions and previously made content? We will see what the future hold for them.
Sabrina Junqua co-authored this article.