YouTuber’s ‘surprising’ return after ‘Vlog Squad’ scandal

David Dobrik is already reviving his controversial “Vlog Squad” — solely three months after rape and sexual assault allegations rocked his $200 million YouTube brand.

Dobrik shocked his 18.3 million subscribers with a brand new video Tuesday night time. The comeback clip — titled “SURPRISING MY FRIENDS” — options fast snapshots of Dobrik shocking his buddies together with his vlogging comeback.

The comeback clip has already racked up greater than 3 million views, leaving some YouTube commenters to query the brevity of his hiatus — which is simply vaguely referenced within the new footage.

In March, two members of Dobrik’s Vlog Squad had been accused of sexual assault after an nameless accuser revealed to Insider allegations that in one of many “squad’s” video shoots, Dominyka “Durte Dom” Zeglaitis had sexually assaulted her whereas she was intoxicated. Meanwhile, in February, former Vlog Squad member Joseth “Seth” Francois alleged to Buzzfeed News that he was tricked into kissing co-star Jason Nash on digital camera. It quickly appeared to followers and subscribers that Dobrik and his “squad” is perhaps benefiting from victims for views and clout.

However, Dobrik quickly apologized and appeared to acknowledge how his actions blurred the lines between consent and coercion.

“I was completely disconnected from the fact that when people were invited to film videos with us, especially videos that relied on shock for views or whatever it was, that I was creating an unfair power dynamic. I did not know this before,” Dobrik stated within the emotional clip posted in March to his followers.

Dobrik’s hiatus may certainly seem transient, given the scandal’s damage to his brand. In his new YouTube video, the social media star featured friends seem like genuinely shocked to see Dobrik with a digital camera in his hand once more. While there aren’t any specific feedback as to why he took a break, a number of the friends make cryptic references to his absence.

Jason Nash’s mom, screamed at Dobrik, “I’ve been worried about you. I’m on Xanax because of you.”

David additionally reveals to his on-cam buddies that he’s treating them on a visit to Hawaii. In response, vlogger Jeff Wittek cracks a joke: “Call off the lawsuit, he’s doing something,” an obvious reference to his prior public statements about Dobrik’s push for Jeff to take part in a life-threatening prank.

David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad at the The 9th Annual Streamy Awards.
David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad on the The ninth Annual Streamy Awards.
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The comeback video additionally exhibits clips of Dobrik getting again into the swing of vlogging. In typical Dobrik vogue, he exhibits off one among his newest wild purchases — a full-scale crimson wagon, which he can drive in amongst precise vehicles. Additional clips characteristic his crew wreaking havoc in Hawaii.

Still, Dobrik reassures viewers, this isn’t a one-time video, and ends the clip with a promise of “new vlogs every Tuesday :).”

After the drop of this new video, Dobrik is now a trending topic on Twitter, with followers and haters alike expressing their shock over his sudden comeback.

Some followers even speculated that the shock submit was a deliberate transfer on Dobrik’s half. Trisha Paytas recently left the “Frenemies” podcast, vacating her common Tuesday “slot” — which gives a scorching alternative for Dobrik to re-seize some prime digital actual property.

Paytas garnered a whole lot of consideration as a number of the podcast, for frequently exposing YouTube favorites — together with Dobrik and his squad. Amid a sea of welcome backs, many YT commenters didn’t hesitate to name out what they seen because the handy timing of his new video drop.

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