Youtube vlogger Jenna Mourey, who is known on the video sharing platform as Jenna MArbles, made an announcement that she will be quitting over a racial controversy.
“I feel like we’re at a time where we are purging ourselves of anything and everything toxic,” she said in a Youtube video titled “A Message,” in which she apologized for sexist and racist content.
The Youtube star has over 20 million subscribers on her channel. The controversy started over a couple of videos Mourey created from 2011 to 2012. In one of the videos she dressed up as the rapper Nicki Minaj and donned a blackface. In another video she rapped a song with a joke about asians. Yet in another video she slammed women who “slept around.” Also Read– #RIP Simon Cowell is trending on twitter
“It was not my intention to do blackface,” she said of the Nicki Minaj impersonation. “I do want to tell you how unbelievably sorry I am if I ever offended you by posting this video or by doing this impression, and that that was never my intention. It’s not okay. It’s shameful. It’s awful. I wish it wasn’t part of my past.”
Additionally, she said the song, which had the lyrics “Hey Ching Chong Wing Wong, shake your King Kong ding dong,” was “inexcusable” and “shouldn’t have existed.”
Mourey has since removed the videos from Youtube and they are no longer available to viewers.
“For now, I just can’t exist on this channel … I think I’m just going to move on from this channel for now,” Mourey said, visibly emotional. “I don’t know how long it’s going to be. I just want to make sure the things I’m putting in the world aren’t hurting anyone … so I need to be done with this channel, for now or for forever.”
The famous Youtube personality started making videos in 2010 when the platform was just becoming mainstream. Her videos gathered up more than 3 billion total views.
After she posted her video on Thursday, viewers praised her decision to take responsibility for past mistakes.
“Jenna Marbles may have quit YouTube for now but remember why she did it,” one user posted. “Hold social influencers accountable. Hold public figures accountable. Do not let people get away with problematic things just because they’re famous or rich.”