Despite YouTube boosting Marbles’ net worth to a cool $8m, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, fans have been holding her accountable for past racist comments or actions made in videos.
They noticed she had quietly made several pieces of content private.
Marbles openly addressed her behaviour in her upload today, saying she had taken the videos down because she “wasn’t interested in offending anyone” and was “incredibly sorry”.
Speaking in the video, she said:
I’m sorry if any of [my old content] holds any nostalgia for you, but I’m literally not trying to put out negative things into the world.
I think there was a time when having all of my old content exist on the internet showed how much I have grown up as a person, which I’m very proud of. I think now it’s hard for that content to exist at all because I think people watch it and don’t bother to look at when it was posted or care about what path I took to get to where I am.
It offends them now, and, if that’s the case, where people will watch something and be offended now, I don’t want it to exist.
She then announced she would be quitting YouTube for the foreseeable future.
"I think I'm just going to move on from this channel, for now,” said Marbles.
"I don't know if that's forever. I don't know how long that's going to be... I want to make sure that the things that I've put into the world aren't hurting anyone.
"I'm ashamed of things I've said and done in my past”.
What has the reaction been like?
Marbles’ announcement has received praise from many.
Some highlighted that this is not the first time she’s shown reflection and care in dealing with difficult issues, such as white privilege.
A podcaster shared the reaction of a Black individual who said Marbles’ decision had made her “love her ever more” and set an example of how to truly handle accountability.
someone posted in our private podcast group about her sadness of jenna marbles leaving youtube & a Black member rep… https://t.co/sssQQ5WdZx