ohcaelsno (itscaelsday) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

ONTD Reacts to... FBE being another toxic youtube workplace!

2020 is not done. This time it's coming for FBE (Fine Brothers Entertainment) along with their React and Try Not To channels.
The full details are under the cut but here's a quick tldr:

  • Shane Dawson worked with the Fine Brothers (Benny and Rafi) 10 years ago to make a Degrassi parody. Shane Dawson wore blackface to portray Liberty and Alli. One of the Fine Brothers wore blackface to portray Jimmy and Connor.

  • On June 4th, FBE posted a "This Is My Story" video featuring their black reactors to share their stories.

  • On June 10th, Reactor, Kennedy, posted on her Twitter about how she was made aware of the blackface videos and how she sent the company an email before the "This Is My Story" video because before when she shared her story she received death threats. The company did not respond so she left the channel. June 10th was also the last day a video was posted on any of the FBE channels.

  • On June 11th, a "message" from the founders (Benny and Rafi) was posted onto Twitter.

  • Between June 10th and 11th, former staff began speaking out about the toxic culture of FBE.

  • On June 15th (PST)/June 16th (EST), the CEO (not Benny and Rafi) finally addressed the situation.

The Degrassi parody videos were posted 10 years ago on Shane Dawson's Youtube channel. They were removed by him because they were very problematic. However they are still on Youtube because they were reuploaded by other people. I will not be linking to them but you can find them easily by searching "Degrassi parody Shane Dawson". There are two parts. The blackface photos are under the spoiler cut:
[Spoiler (click to open)]

One June 4th, FBE posted a "This Is My Story" featuring their black reactors. You can watch that here if you want. The video is set up as a fundraiser for the NAACP. Unsurprisingly, some of the reactors had their portions cut down in editing. I guess that is what happens when you reduce 20+ stories down to two minutes and some change each.

Then on June 10th, Kennedy, one of the reactors spoke out. Many other reactors spoke out to stand in solidarity with Kennedy and then former staff began to speak out:

On June 11th was a message from the Founders:

On June 16th was a message from the current CEO:

As a result of all of this, multiple reactors have stated they're leaving or done with FBE. There have been 0 new videos on any of the FBE channels. Their subscriber count has remained 20.1M on their main channel all week. Seems like their was more outrage when they tried to do React World. Of course, more is on Twitter as some of the tweets are threads.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Tags: #blacklivesmatter, internet celebrities, race / racism, sexism, web series / youtube

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