Controversial YouTuber Tana Mongeau has come beneath fireplace after her ex-friend known as her out for her historical past of racist tweets and feedback. Kahlen Barry, who was part of Tana’s now-defunct collab channel, Trash, made a YouTube video and Twitter assertion calling out her racially insensitive habits.
Because the video went reside on June 15, Tana has tweeted an (albeit late) apology, although Kahlen factors out he believes there’s a lot extra she will do together with her platform.
Kahlen known as out Tana’s earlier use of the N-word
Earlier than posting his video, titled “lastly revealing the reality about Tana Mongeau,” Kahlen tweeted at Tana, calling her out for remaining principally silent on the Black Lives Matter motion occurring throughout the nation, and making a name for her to do extra together with her platform of greater than two million Twitter followers.
“Up to now, we’ve had points in relation to the subject of race, significantly about your utilization of the N phrase and my emotions concerning it,” Kahlen stated in his assertion, which he shared a screenshot of in his YouTube video. “You made me really feel, as a Black particular person, invalidated and I by no means felt as a buddy I may let you know concerning the issues that harm me with out it being spun again onto me. You might have since apologized publicly in your platform and declare that you’re a higher particular person. I need to consider that and that’s the reason I’m calling on you to exhibit that in this time.”
In his video, Kahlen particulars the methods he felt sidelined and gaslighted whereas working together with her, mentioning her continued use of the N-word and the insensitive feedback she’s made to her good buddy Imari Stuart. Within the video, he included screenshots of those insensitive tweets, together with ones the place she known as Imari a “cotton picker” and video proof of her calling him the N-word.
“Tana all the time left me beneath the impression that she thought the N-word meant homie,” he stated of Tana’s use of the slur. “That she would all the time hear it in rap songs, that everyone in Vegas, the place she grew up, would say it. And I am not going to lie, at first, I did consider that and wished to consider that.”
He went on to clarify that he had wished to consider she wasn’t racist and would not do something with racially malicious intent, although her habits all through their interactions proved completely different.
“I do not need to reside in a world the place anybody has to really feel as scared as I did for therefore a few years,” he stated.
Tana apologized over every week later.
Over every week after Kahlen’s video was posted, Tana lastly apologized to Kahlen and to her neighborhood for her racist remarks and behaviors.
“First, I’d wish to apologize to Kahlen instantly for my silence, there are not any excuses, I ought to have talked and listened to you. as an alternative, I’ve been looking for the phrases to handle this and apologize in a manner that received’t additional harm anybody, and educate myself on methods to deal with this correctly. i’m so sorry that got here with any silence,” Tana wrote in a tweet on June 22.
She continued to say she has spent years making an attempt to teach herself on methods to do higher and known as her now-deleted tweeted “unacceptable AND DISGUSTING.”
“i’m not that Tana — and that i refuse to do something however evolve and educate myself. i’m so sorry it took me this lengthy to even say this,” she concluded.
Kahlen, although, identified that apology didn’t show she modified, and he supplied a possibility for her to succeed in out and have a dialog about it. He even shared screenshots of her DMing him, asking to speak, although she didn’t reply to Kahlen’s response providing a telephone name.
“i really feel like i’ve actually been respectful about this complete factor and the truth that she made that ‘apology’ and dipped would not sit effectively with me,” Kahlen stated. “she stated ‘sorry you felt that manner.'”