This "Reactor" Youtuber, TheTrophyMuncher aka Joseph Harding, has gained a very young fanbase mainly made up of girls and women by reacting to a lot of popular TV shows. He gained a following through reacting to Anne with an E, every single version of SKAM, and Glee especially, and was allegedly popular in the "react" community on YouTube. Actors from the Druck SKAM version have supported this YouTuber in the past because of his Druck reaction videos as well, apparently.
He was recently exposed by his own fans for allegedly being a sexual predator, primarily with underage girls aged 15-16 who were fans of him and part of his discord. Here is a twitter thread of the DMs he sent to teenagers and young women, constantly harassing them for lewd pictures and being a creep:
[TW sexual misconduct with minors and general creepiness]
This is joe dming one of his discord members who was 16 at the time pic.twitter.com/ie0rZKRz9V— Diya Miran (@dimi10280) August 30, 2020
These dm's were between Joe and a 15 year old girl. You can clearly see that he's aware of what he's doing. pic.twitter.com/B6T2EhiJze— Diya Miran (@dimi10280) August 30, 2020
Here the girl is 18 years old (barely) but y'all can clearly see a pattern. This is disgusting pic.twitter.com/AgsiHoS9w6— Diya Miran (@dimi10280) August 30, 2020
One of our mods has physically seen these screenshots and can confirm that these are real. This person was not a minor but she was a subscriber and he took advantage of the power dynamic. pic.twitter.com/PDHCdae2os— Diya Miran (@dimi10280) August 30, 2020
I just want to clarify that this person was not a minor at the time. But this is disgusting behavior that continues. I'm so proud of this person coming forward. pic.twitter.com/pwMbNJDmYt— Diya Miran (@dimi10280) August 30, 2020
This girl was also not a minor at the time. But the amount of manipulation fucking disgusts me. And I don't want to see people saying that it's not wrong cuz it is. pic.twitter.com/JAGG4lGQI2— Diya Miran (@dimi10280) August 30, 2020
He has apparently made racist, homophobic, ableist, and transphobic comments and tweets and tried to post a public apology for only these tweets on his YouTube channel, but once his former fans and discord mods started commenting under it the screenshots of him being predatory and commenting that he was a "pedo", he deleted the post and only put his already-said apology on his Patreon under a paywall.
And for all the poor ONTDers out there (aka the majority of us), I just wanted to let you know he used to make about over $10,000 a month through his Patreon where he would just post reaction videos to tv shows. He dropped to about 700 Patrons when this came out about him, but he still makes over $7,000 a month currently because he does have defenders and fans crying about "cancel culture" and victim blaming the girls who came out about his predatory behavior towards them.
However, some people have come out against him in support of the girls.
Luise Emilie (from Druck) made this tweet regarding the situation:
i m p o r t a n t ! pic.twitter.com/dZJ6PLhB8V— Mile (@Mile_Official_) August 30, 2020
Other "reactors" in the YouTube community have said they do not condone his actions or want to affiliate with him anymore:
As a female reactor/reviewer & to the women like me or not, it seems that we aren't taken seriously and it gives men (mostly men) & women ammunition to harass us, mostly sexually. Just STOP! It's sick & you will get called out & caught. https://t.co/PmxRgwLOVm— BaeBae Rose 🌸 (@BaeBaeRose86) August 30, 2020
This is disgusting. I’m still trying to process this as joe was a good friend of mine for years but I do not support this and I will not associate myself with him anymore. I hope all the girls involved are doing okay. This one hurts. I’ll try to speak on it a little more tomorrow https://t.co/GXnr5R6yL1— JayPerView (@JUSTvanillaICE) August 30, 2020
Never heard of this reactor but this is wild. I cant believe that people talk to underaged girls like this. This is void of honour smh. Even if the underaged person may seem to carry the convo along it doesnt give you the right to do that! THEY ARE UNDERAGED. There's a line man https://t.co/A88Sh6qgK5— Matthew Haynes (@matthewvhaynes) August 30, 2020
The fact that he STILL hasn’t said anything yet, has only blocked people and turned his Instagram to private speaks VOLUMES.— Bri (@_DeathOmen) August 30, 2020
im so sorry you had to go through shit like this ❤️ it’s disgusting you didn’t get to feel safe around someone who should’ve been a safe space for their followers https://t.co/nrVyo73DOO— ً (@BEXlUS) August 30, 2020
He has dropped to about 74k subscribers on YouTube and he now has majority comments on his latest video talking about how he creeps on underage girls.
He had made himself out to be a "woke" white LGBT-ally in public and tricked his fans into thinking he was curating an accepting space through reacting to many LGBT/teen drama shows, while being a bigot in his discord and a predator in private. Some other "reactors" that had contact with him have said he would talk about trying to get nudes from his fans (who are, again, mainly teenage girls!), as recent as this month. This man is in his mid to late twenties and was at least 23 when he first started DMing 15 year old fans. Yuck.
His former fans are now trying to defund him by getting him off Patreon by reporting him and with a petition, stating: "Joe has used the f slur, r slur and n slur in the past. He said the F slur in 2017, while he was reacting to LGBT shows. Instead of apologizing he is deleting tweets and keeping his patreons in the dark. He only acknowledged it on discord after we all called him out hardcore, and tried giving a half assed disingenuous “apology” where he didn’t even adress what people were most upset about. This is disingenuous and unfair to the people who pay him for content. They deserve to know. He then proceeded to let a bunch of racists attack the people that had been supporting him for a very long time, and even put minors at risk by not banning the creeps who were openly making them feel uncomfortable or preyed upon."
No other apology or comment has been made. He's probably currently crying because he was dentrimental to his own career a la Justin Bieber.
TL;DR: he nasty inside and out.
ONTD, what are some actual good YouTube creators/channels you watch right now that manage to NOT say slurs or creep on underage girls and women in general?
Are you also questioning your career choices right now if you don't make $10k a month when you potentially could for just watching TV shows on camera with very, very minimal analysis?