TikTok stars are identified for his or her viral movies, setting developments—and inflicting loads of drama. The previous couple of years on TikTok has not been wanting scandals starting from dishonest rumors and ill-advised merchandise to extra critical accusations of racism, homophobia, and sexual assault.
While the pandemic has sparked a surge within the variety of TikTok customers, who present an countless stream of content material whereas caught at house, it has additionally witnessed main TikTok stars repeatedly break COVID-induced restrictions by throwing home events and touring.
From one-off errors to well-established patterns of misbehavior, under is an inventory of 25 TikTok stars who’ve discovered themselves in sizzling water.
- Zoe LaVerne
- Dr. Jason Campbell
- Charli D’Amelio
- Dixie D’Amelio
- Lopez Brothers
- Charly Jordan
- Isabella Avila
- Willy Wonka
- Jorge Garay
- Bryce Hall
- Claire Drake
- Bella Poarch
- Gabi DeMartino
- Dylan Lemay
- Cash Baker
- Sienna Gomez
- Griffin Johnson
- Addison Rae
- Lauren Kettering
- Noah Beck
- Tayler Holder
- Nessa Barrett
- Olivia Ponton
- Josh Richards
TikTok star Zoe LaVerne, aged 19, confronted a backlash for kissing and “catching feelings” for a 13-year-old fan. LaVerne, who has 18.5 million followers, later apologized.
Announcing her being pregnant in February 2021, LaVerne clarified that her unborn child’s father was her 20-year-old boyfriend Dawson Brady, and not the 13-year-old.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Dr. Jason Campbell, or the “The TikTok Doc,” turned widespread on TikTok for movies of himself and his colleagues dancing on the hospital the place they labored in early 2020. However, he has been accused of sexual assault and is now going through a multi-million greenback lawsuit. Campbell has denied the allegations.
In November, 16-year-old Charlie D’Amelio was criticized for being impolite to a private chef in a YouTube video. She was seen making faces because the chef described a menu.
Her followers have been additionally offended that D’Amelio was disillusioned that she’d reached solely 95 million followers in a single yr, as a substitute of her objective of 100 million. D’Amelio now has 111 million followers and is probably the most adopted particular person on the platform.
Charli’s sister Dixie, who has 50 million followers, additionally obtained into sizzling water in November when she did the “Renegade” dance to audio of Trisha Paytas utilizing a racial slur, and was accused of weaponizing racism by one other widespread TikToker, Gorda Corajuda.
Ondreaz Lopez, who has 21.8 million followers, and his brother Tony, who has 22.5 million followers, each confronted separate allegations of sexual offenses in 2020. Both have denied the allegations.
Charly Jordan, who has 5.5 million followers, was criticized in September for touring to Rwanda throughout the pandemic. In Rwanda, Jordan examined optimistic for coronavirus and posted a tearful video about being locked in a room. She was held in a government-mandated lockdown for 4 days till she examined adverse.
Isabella Avila, often known as (*25*) on TikTok, got here underneath hearth final month when screenshots leaked that confirmed her utilizing racist language in textual content messages from a few years in the past. Avila, who has 9.7 million followers, later apologized in a video posted to Twitter and stated: “There is no excuse and there are no justifications for what I said and you guys deserve better.”
TikTok’s Willy Wonka, also called Duke Depp, has lately been criticized for hanging out with Tony Lopez and breaking COVID-19 restrictions. In November, some viewers have been additionally offended by a video that they stated stereotyped Hispanic individuals. The TikTok star has 18.3 million followers.
Jorge Garay, often known as JeyJey Gardi on TikTok, was accused by a 15-year-old boy of sending him specific photos. Dexerto experiences that Garay misplaced greater than half 1,000,000 followers when the allegations have been made. He now has 3.9 million followers.
In August, police broke up Bryce Hall‘s twenty first birthday celebration, the place there have been greater than 100 individuals, following noise complaints from neighbors. Then, in October, Hall shared a video that appeared to point out himself concerned in a battle, and weeks later was accused of inciting a brawl at a restaurant. The TikTok star has 19.5 million followers.
TikTok star Claire Drake, who has 1.5 million followers, got here underneath hearth for a track that viewers stated mocked the Holocaust. She had beforehand been criticized by viewers for a video they stated mocked Black ladies.
Bella Poarch, who has probably the most considered video on TikTok in addition to 59.8 million followers, confronted a backlash in September 2020 when she obtained a Rising Sun tattoo, which is taken into account offensive by many who see it as a logo of Japanese militarism. Poarch later apologized and had the tattoo lined.
Gabi DeMartino, who can also be a YouTuber, was suspended from SolelyFans after utilizing the platform to share a video of herself as a toddler flashing the digicam by lifting up her skirt. DeMartino titled the video “won’t put my panties on” and charged followers $3 to view the video. DeMartino has 1.5 million TikTok followers.
Dylan Lemay, who is thought for his “cold stone” movies that reveal how he makes ice cream truffles and earned him 8.5 million followers, confronted a backlash when viewers thought he supported homosexual conversion remedy.
However, following requires him to be “canceled,” Lemay stated: “there was some confusion about the words that I said, and people were made out to believe that I support conversion therapy. By no means do I support conversion therapy.”
TikTok star and Pokemon fan Pokeprincxss discovered herself in sizzling water when she was sued by Nintendo for promoting merchandise underneath the identify “Pokeprincxss,” on account of copyright infringement. Fans got here out in protection of the star, who later modified her username to Digitalprincxss. She at the moment has two million TikTok followers.
Christian TikTok star Cash Baker, who has 17.1 million followers, misplaced hundreds of followers in August when he requested his non-Christian viewers to review the Bible, and stated he couldn’t assist the LGBTQ+ neighborhood or different religions as a result of he’s Christian.
Sienna Gomez, a TikTok star identified for her physique positivity content material with 14.8 million followers, confronted backlash when her merchandise that stated “did you eat today?” was criticized for being insensitive to consuming problems.
Gomez stated that the query was about “expressing compassion and care” however later apologized and eliminated the merch from her website.
Griffin Johnson confronted backlash final summer time when his relationship with Dixie D’Amelio ended amid rumors that he cheated on her. Dixie hinted that she had 48 screenshots that proved his infidelity.
Addison Rae, a TikTok star with 78.6 million followers, got here underneath hearth in December as the brand new film that she’s starring in, He’s All That—which is a reboot of the 1999 film She’s All That—shut down a COVID-19 testing website in Los Angeles for filming.
Lauren Kettering, who has greater than six million TikTok followers, was lately criticized for filming her canine with its head caught inside a jar, as viewers have been upset that she didn’t instantly assist her pet get free.
She later defined that her canine generally places his head in jars searching for snacks however that he can at all times get out and stated: “I would never do anything bad to my dog, if you know me you know that. I am not an animal abuser.”
Noah Beck, who has 26.2 million followers, was among the many group of TikTok stars (together with the D’Amelio sisters) who confronted a backlash for touring to the Bahamas throughout the pandemic when Los Angeles was experiencing a excessive variety of circumstances.
When later requested in regards to the criticism, Beck defended the group’s choice to journey and informed Pap Galore: “No matter what you do in life, people gonna say things […] I don’t know, I always say just do what makes you happy.”
TikTok star Tayler Holder, who has 18.6 million followers, was accused of copying the merch of late YouTuber Corey La Barrie. Holder’s merch featured the phrase “under appreciated” with the “nde” in “under” crossed out in order that the message as a substitute stated “ur appreciated,” equally to La Barrie’s merch which had the identical message.
Holder later stated he was engaged on the merch in collaboration with La Barrie’s father and brother.
Nessa Barrett insulted the Muslim neighborhood by posting a TikTok of herself and a good friend dancing to a person’s recitation of the Quran. Barrett, who has greater than 15 million followers, apologized by saying “My step-siblings, like my step-mom is from Egypt and all that stuff, so… I know that it could have been taken offensively.
“I simply need to apologize for anybody who took it that means and was offended, I feel… I’m sorry to anybody that practices that faith.” However, her apology sparked even more criticism.
Olivia Ponton, who has 5.7 million followers, drew a backlash in September for making a TikTok with rapper 6ix9ine, who pleaded responsible to 9 prison fees in 2019. Ponton deleted the video following the backlash.
Josh Richards, who has 24.3 million followers got here underneath hearth in April 2020 when he uncovered himself throughout a stay stream. Richards purposely dropped his telephone and pretended to sit down on it together with his pants down, exposing himself to hundreds of viewers.