YouTuber Apologizes for Racist Tweets During Backlash

YouTuber Apologizes for Racist Tweets During Backlash

  • YouTuber Elle Darby, and her boyfriend Connor Swift, apologized after decade-old Tweets resurfaced.
  • These posts contained racist, homophobic and fatphobic comments.
  • Over 10,000 people have subscribed to the British lifestyle influencer’s YouTube channel since then.

Elle Darby, a British influencer, has apologized for old tweets which showed her making homophobic and fatphobic remarks.

In a VideoThis video was uploaded to her YouTube channel on January 4. “i’m sorry,”Darby stated that her 2011 tweets were “so disgusting, and so far from the person I am today.”

“I am ashamed, I am disgusted in myself. There is not one person on this planet that hates me more than I do right now and the pain I know I have caused to so many of you eats me up,”She said that she had grown in the past ten years and has become more educated. 

Diverse screenshotsAt the end of December, a number of tweets that appear to have been sent by Darby began to circulate via Twitter. These include racial remarks about Chinese, Indian, Polish and other peoples, as well as fatphobic or homophobic comments.

A clip from an old YouTube videoDarby is referred to as appearing to show Darby “foreign”Also posted to Twitter Saturday was a derogatory comment about men. This was posted to Darby’s YouTube channel 5 years ago. It is not available anymore on her channel.

According to Social Blade is a social-analytics tracking website., Darby’s YouTube AccountMonday’s 18,000 views were lost, suggesting that some videos had been deleted. The channel has been on YouTube since 2015. However, the earliest video on her channel is from 2018. Darby’s channel also began losing subscribers on Saturday. Since then, it has dropped from 609,000 to 596,000. 

“I’ve let down everybody; there is no more humiliating feeling than that,”Darby made the following apology video. It lasts three minutes 40 seconds and includes the comments section disabled. “I’m going to be taking a little bit of time offline just to further reflect on everything that’s happened and to process a situation that I don’t think I’m ever going to forgive myself for.”

Darby’s boyfriend Connor Swift posted an apology on Tuesday to his 180,000 Instagram users. The screenshot was taken after a screenshot showed an account named @ConnorSwift123 using N-words. 

“I am so sorry to everyone who has been affected by my tweets and hurt by the words I used,”He wrote. “I couldn’t not address this situation further, this is the biggest lesson I could ever learn and I want to be held accountable for what I said.

He added that the tweets were made 10 years ago, and his views on the language used “”Things have drastically changed” since.

A post shared by Connor Swift, @connorswift1)

Since then, both Swift and Darby have been removed from Twitter.

Swift and Darby both posted a joint statement regarding the tweets on Instagram Stories. According to UK newspaper The Central RecorderThe post stated that the couple had been married. “decided to take some time to look through both of our histories on social”And were “ashamed”They were inspired by the results.

Darby has since deleted the statement from his Instagram account. However, the Central Recorder purported screenshots show it was uploaded at the end of 2021. “Have a great New Year’s Eve.” 

Darby, with 738,000 Instagram followers at the time this article was written, gained her popularity initially through fitness-focused YouTube videos that featured workout routines, recipes and grocery hauls. Her content has expanded to include fashion and travel in recent years. She has also written about her pregnancy. Swift and her son were born in July 2021.

After a Dublin hotel owner called Darby out for asking for a complimentary stay in return for her featuring on her social media, she received widespread backlash. Darby posted a 17 minute response video, in which Darby appeared to be crying as she explained her anxiety due to the criticism. This video is no longer available on Darby’s channel. 

Insider reached Swift and Darby representatives but they did not immediately reply to our request for comment.

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