YouTube star JoJo Siwa has sparked outrage online after defending controversial creator Colleen Ballinger against allegations that Ballinger allegedly groomed young fans.
JoJo Siwa is a bonafide internet icon who rose to fame in the late 2010s after first appearing on the reality TV show Dance Moms.
Siwa has attracted a large audience thanks to her bubbly personality and love for all things glitter, glitter and rainbows. In the years since going viral, Siwa has released her own music, gone on tour, and also became a part of the LGBTQ+ community in 2021.
Siwa has established himself as a youth icon around the world – but now the YouTuber is under fire for his latest comments about one of his colleagues.
YouTube: It’s JoJo SiwaJoJo Siwa is a huge icon on the Internet.
JoJo Siwa speaks out about her friendship with Miranda Sings
On the September 12 episode of Howie Mandel’s podcast, Siwa opened up about her friendship with now-disgraced YouTuber Colleen Ballinger. The two have collaborated many times in the past and according to Siwa, they have known each other since she was 12 years old.
This fact shocked listeners, as Ballinger is currently under scrutiny for allegedly grooming some of her young fans. Due to these allegations, Ballinger’s tour was halted and the influencer has not spoken out since releasing an apology video that was criticized by the internet over the summer.
YouTube: Colleen VlogsColleen Ballinger spoke out about the allegations against her – or rather, sang about them – in a video that was criticized on the internet.
But Siwa defended Ballinger, saying “The Internet can lie and run so far with it, so far, that you can’t do anything about it.”
She continued: “I know Colleen very, very, very well and I think the work that Colleen has done for the Internet is amazing. “I think her creativity is amazing. Miranda Sings is a character, a comedian. And I think it’s hard to be a character where people also see you as the real person behind that character.”
“She’s amazing, you know? And the thing is, I think the Internet was able to capitalize on her cancellation, and they still… and that’s not okay, because a lot of it is based on lies. And it breaks my heart to see that.”
Since speaking out on the issue, Siwa has faced a wave of backlash from commenters angry that she defended such a controversial figure.
“So Jojo is saying that children lie?” one commenter wrote. “Really? Now she is a victim of shame.”
“Colleen is a disgusting person and she doesn’t need you protecting her Jojo,” another said. “Do you think she’s really innocent and sat quietly after making a fool of herself waiting for you to defend her because, you guys are ‘friends’? Shy.”
However, others took a softer approach, with many commenting that Jojo was “naive” and possibly still attached to a longtime friend she made as a child.
Even people like YouTube star Trisha Paytas commented on the situation, saying that although Siwa “should have chosen not to talk about it,” she “respects Jojo for navigating everything she has done.” experience”.
“I never blamed Jojo for what she said. I think in this particular case, she felt an attachment, she felt a loyalty to Colleen,” Paytas said.
So far, Siwa has not publicly spoken out about the backlash she received after discussing Colleen – but we’ll be sure to update you right here on Dexerto if she does.
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