The YouTube star, whose real name is Jenna Mourey, announced on Thursday through her channel that she will no longer be producing content due to the backlash she has faced in previous videos, including several in which she gets a black face. Both videos, which were set to private because Jenna didn't "want anyone to feel upset about anything", were featured in her apology video title "A Message".
'I don't know how else to say this but it doesn't matter because all that matters is that people were offended and it hurt them ... this isn't okay and it hasn't existed on the Internet for a long time because it's not okay'.
The videos in question, now private by Mourey, were made from 2011-2012.
The comedian - who has more than 20 million subscribers - says she's "moving on" from YouTube but doesn't know if it's just for now or forever. "I had a lot of internalized misogyny".
"I do want to explain to you how unbelievably sorry I am if I ever offended you by submitting this movie or by carrying out this perception, and that that was in no way my intention", Mourey explained.
YouTuber Jenna Marbles has announced she's leaving the video sharing site.
Jenna explained that she feels uncomfortable when people call her an unproblematic queen: "Those of you that are familiar with how long I've been on the internet know that that's not true".
In Marbles's announcement video she even shows clips of some of her most questionable old content.
Jenna Marbles, Instagram Jenna Marbles, pictured here with longtime boyfriend Julien Solomita, has been on YouTube for over ten years. One of the 2011 clips featured her in blackface as Nicki Minaj, while the other featured her rapping and using disparaging, racist language against the Asian community.
'I'm sorry if any of that holds any nostalgia for you but I'm literally not trying to put out negative things into the world'. "I know I don't actually know her but as I've followed her for 8 years, she is one person I love with all my heart". She says she learned from it and never duplicated it. The first saw her don blackface so that she could imitate Nicki Minaj. "I wish it wasn't part of my past". "I want to hold myself accountable, and it's painful to do it". "So, for now, I just can't exist on this channel".
"I ranted about girls that ran around and slept around and that's wrong". I'm just going to stop for now'. "It's bad. It doesn't need to exist".
But at the end of the day, no one can really accept Jenna Marbles apology or excuse her actions other than the people who were directly affected by her racial stereotypes and jokes.
Others were understanding of the YouTuber's need to take time off, saying they hope she's able to take the time she needs to rest & take care of herself, but they also hope she comes back someday.