A popular YouTuber is being attacked online after his girlfriend started an adult OnlyFans account
- iDubbbz, a popular YouTuber known for the 'Content Cop' series that criticizes other YouTubers, defended himself after viewers called him a 'simp' because his girlfriend was putting out adult content.
- A 'simp' is defined by Merriam-Webster as a simpleton, but it's being used as a different kind of insult to describe iDubbbz, whose name is Ian Carter.
- PewDiePie has gotten involved in the drama, making his own video on the situation.
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A popular YouTuber known for a series that criticizes other YouTubers has defended himself after viewers discovered his girlfriend had distributed adult content.
Ian Carter, better known as iDubbbz, put out a video on March 28 discussing why fans were turning to Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, and other social media sites to make memes, calling Carter a "simp."
"If you don't want to look up to me anymore, that's fine," he said in the video. "I don't want you to look up to me."
Here is everything to know about the current iDubbbz drama.
iDubbbz is a popular YouTuber.
Carter is a YouTuber whose channel iDubbbzTV has 7.95 million subscribers. Carter is certainly no stranger to drama, as he is known for his "Content Cop" video series, in which he criticizes other YouTubers and their content.
His video on Tana Mongeau from February 2017 has 31 million views. The October 2017 "Content Cop" video supposedly about Jake Paul, Mongeau's ex-husband (or something) — but actually about RiceGum — has 47 million views.
In addition to the "Content Cop" edition on Mongeau, Carter showed up to one of her San Francisco meet-and-greet events in January 2017, to pose for a photograph with her. Carter, who had video footage of Mongeau using a racial slur in the past, asked her to say the slur while they posed for a picture. In Carter's video of the encounter, she immediately walks away, flustered by the interaction. In Mongeau's video about it, she said, "I don't even know how to describe this moment to you guys. I never understood how people would feel in moments like that."
People are calling iDubbbz a 'simp' — here's what that means.
Fans of the YouTuber took to social media in March after discovering that Carter's girlfriend had signed up for an account on OnlyFans, a subscription-based social media platform used for adult entertainment videos. Many of the memes and reactions to the news used the word "simp" to describe Carter.
A "simp" is defined by Merriam-Webster as a simpleton, but it's being used as a different kind of insult to describe Carter. Urban Dictionary defines the term's slang use as "a man that puts himself in a subservient/submissive position under women in hopes of winning them over" — in other words, viewers are teasing Carter for theoretically being the submissive partner in the relationship, all because of his girlfriend's decision to use OnlyFans.
On March 15, Carter went along with the jokes in a tweet. But in a video posted on March 28, Carter spoke out against the criticism, after some people said they were upset that the star was apparently involved in some not-so-PG-13 activities.
"A good amount of people are just doing the reasonable thing and just making jokes and laughing about it. But there's a whole other group of people who feel personally devastated and betrayed," he said, defending his girlfriend and the adult entertainment industry. "I love my girlfriend, and I'm totally fine with it. It doesn't affect me. If you are upset by me admitting this, then I suggest you go idolize someone else."
This is why PewDiePie got involved
YouTube star PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, shared his own thoughts on the situation in a March 29 video. "I don't think I've seen the internet collectively lose their mind over something in a very long time," he said.
PewDiePie, who has been one of YouTube's top faces for years, said iDubbbz is "an important figure for the internet," but explained that "simp" is a "peak meme" right now — making the whole thing a perfect storm of controversy.
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