On Tuesday, YouTuber Gabi DeMartino send out a message from her OnlyFans – a NSFW content subscription service.
A $3 35-second video clip with the caption “won’t put my panties on” reportedly revealed footage of DeMartino as a young child (some estimated she’s about three to six years old) flashing the camera by lifting up her dress.
While some of the 25-year-old influencer’s millions of fans and followers stuck by her, many many others found her actions highly 'inappropriate’ and very disturbing .
Petty Paige, another YouTuber, was one of the first people to call attention to DeMartino’s activity as she streamed a live video entitled 'gabi demartino must be STOPPED!!!'
“What she's done is bad. Very, very, very very bad,” Paige said. “I don't even know what would have been going through her mind.”
OnlyFans deactivated DeMartino’s account following an uproar across social media, a spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast. DeMartino currently has more than 3 million YouTube subscribers, 4.4. million Instagram followers and 1.2 million Twitter followers.
Please report this to @OnlyFans this is not only sickening but also illegal and she is tricking her mostly young fa… https://t.co/i6OoPh8nSN— Smokey Glow✨ (@Smokey Glow✨) 1606849167
After her OnlyFans account was deactivated, DeMartino tweeted apologising:
“A childhood video of me on the phone sayin ‘Nani says put your panties back on’ and jumping up and down laughing. I’m sorry I didn’t think that one through. period. a home-video i love to share w my friends & i use my OF as a ‘finsta’ page where i share stuff as i would w friends,” she wrote.
the video was a goofy throwback family moment that I wanted to share with my personal onlyfans fancy babies. I am s… https://t.co/0y23WmnIwQ— gabi demartino (@gabi demartino) 1606853704
She later added, “The video was a goofy throwback family moment that I wanted to share with my personal onlyfans fancy babies. I am sorry that this wasn’t thought out completely I apologize. The video is down now I am sorry again if this came out wrong.”
Some of her fans supported her and believed that she didn’t mean for it to be sexual:
“I really don’t think she meant it how y’all are thinking. i think she just wanted to show y’all that she’s always been a goofball since she was young,” one person commented on her Tweet.
She manipulated her followers into purchasing this with a blurry thumbnail and the title, "Won't put my panties on". https://t.co/kMQmi2x6HN— 𝙺𝚊𝚝𝚒 (@𝙺𝚊𝚝𝚒) 1606849464
But others were definitely not having it. In direct response to this post, @karsengrace replied, “i’m sorry but she knew exactly what she was doing. how on earth can you defend posting a video of a CHILD with this as the caption?”
I have absolutely NO words right now. Gabi Demartino really uploaded a video of herself as a child lifting up her d… https://t.co/Bw9YNMNKAp— here for the tea (@here for the tea) 1606853073
Leya Falcon was also highly disconcerted by the situation, saying: “This is insane to me. Everyone makes mistakes, myself included, but for someone to sell video of themselves as a child with a caption that can easily be seen as sexualizing their childhood selves is very concerning […] At a loss for words.”
@gabcake just for anyone who needed clarity... “indecent images of children” are illegal. the video, as it involves… https://t.co/Drzae7xkPx— 🦇 (@🦇) 1606867443
Others were very unsettled not only because of the content, but because of the kind of site she decided to share it on.
As @mdog3000_ said, “if you’re a social media influencer and want to post paid context...get a f***king patreon.”