- Pink’s accused 14-year-old YouTuber Piper Rockelle’s mother and father of exploitation.
- The callout follows years of YouTube movies about Rockelle’s mom, Tiffany.
- Representatives for the Rockelle household refuted the allegations of exploitation.
A struggle over teen influencers and exploitation has gone mainstream, with celebrities weighing in, however it initially began with YouTube criticism.
On Sunday, the singer Pink alleged in a tweet that the parents of 14-year-old YouTuber Piper Rockelle “exploited” her by taking a photograph of her sporting a bikini. Courtney Stodden, a former mannequin who has mentioned they had been groomed as a baby, echoed Pink’s sentiment.
Rockelle and her mom Tiffany each refuted Pink’s accusation in a press release to Insider.
Piper has over 8 million subscribers on YouTube, the place she is thought for performing in prank and problem movies. A number of of her video thumbnails present her sporting bathing fits or being “caught” in a compromising place.
The thumbnail for one video, entitled “MY BOYFRIEND WALKED IN ON ME,” confirmed the 14-year-old clutching a towel towards her physique whereas a boy seems off within the different path, with a daring pink “CENSORED” label within the prime proper of the picture.
It is not the primary time critics have instructed that Piper’s content material is simply too lewd for a minor. The controversy follows quite a few viral YouTube movies alleging that Piper must be saved from the adults surrounding her, significantly her mom. In most of Piper’s movies, she is just not the one filming, which has led some critics to allege that Piper is not importing the movies or arising with the video concepts herself.
The bio of Piper’s Instagram web page states that her Instagram account is managed by her “household.”
YouTube critics, pointing to Piper’s suggestive content material, expressed concern concerning the extensive history of kid predators participating with kids’s YouTube content material and leaving inappropriate remarks concerning the kids within the remark part.
Piper’s staff pushed again on the criticism in a press release to Insider, saying “it is preposterous” to counsel “that Tiffany and Piper have any management over who watches their channel any greater than Disney.”
Viral movies attempting to ‘save’ Piper date again to a minimum of 2019
Movies attempting to “save” Piper date again to a minimum of 2019, when she was between 11 and 12 years outdated. On the time, her content material included challenges and reaction-style movies the place individuals would price totally different outfits she tried on.
The video that seems to have spawned the pattern, “Piper Rockelle Needs To Be Saved,” was uploaded in August 2019 and has amassed over 100,000 views. The video’s description says it was initially uploaded by a distinct channel that has since deleted the video.
The 9-minute video pulled clips from a number of of Piper’s YouTube movies, explaining how the creator believed every phase demonstrated baby exploitation or manipulation.
The creator criticized a 2019 video during which Piper roleplayed as a pregnant woman, together with a scene the place she was proven showing to be asleep on a mattress. “Yeah how about simply not filming little children sleeping of their beds,” the video maker wrote in an on-screen caption.
In one other caption, the creator alleged that Piper was being compelled into baby labor primarily based solely on the perceived grownup themes of the video content material.
The pattern picked up traction in 2021
In 2021, several YouTube videos alleging Tiffany exploits her daughter have gained traction on the platform.
The drama account LtMayhem made a video titled “PIPER ROCKELLE’S MOM MUST BE STOPPED” in Might that collected over 600,000 views. Within the video, the creator alleged that “the adults in [Piper’s] life” are exploiting Piper by inserting “more and more sexualized” thumbnails on her movies so that they reel in additional clicks and advert income.
The video was out there to look at till Wednesday afternoon when it was taken down by a copyright declare by Samuel Tall, who seems to work for Studio71, a media progress firm that signed Piper in 2019, in keeping with Yahoo, and has the “unique license” to a number of of Piper’s songs on Spotify.
Different latest movies embody The Dad Channel Podcast’s “The Exploitation of Piper Rockelle,” which criticized Tiffany’s parenting.
The video, which was uploaded on August 13, has over 27,000 views.
One other video, “The Exploitation of Child Influencers by Their Own Parents,” alleged there are “clear sexual and grownup themes” on Piper’s channel, citing movies like one the place boys rated totally different bikinis that Piper tried on and video titles like one which mentions the lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret. The video, created by a vlog and commentary influencer, has over 147,000 views.
The outcry surrounding Tiffany’s follows a long history of oldsters reportedly profiting from their kids to create YouTube content material.
In 2017, the duo behind the YouTube channel DaddyOFive was sentenced to 5 years of probation for baby neglect after allegedly screaming at and breaking their childrens’ toys for “prank” movies, in keeping with The Guardian. Their sentence was later decreased to probation with out judgment in 2019, in keeping with WUSA.
One other mother alleged Tiffany created a ‘poisonous’ work state of affairs
One catalyst for the video pattern seems to be a 2019 Instagram Live stream the place Theresa Magnus criticized Piper’s mom, Tiffany, for making a “poisonous” work state of affairs.
Theresa is the mom of Gavin Magnus, a 14-year-old musician and social media superstar who has often collaborated with Piper. Gavin additionally accused Tiffany of being “abusive” and fostering a “poisonous” surroundings in a 2019 YouTube video the place he addressed why he had stopped making movies with Piper.
Within the Instagram Stay stream, Theresa criticized Tiffany for allegedly performing “extremely, extremely controlling” throughout instances when the 2 kids had been collaborating on movies.
Insider couldn’t instantly confirm when the Instagram Stay stream was posted. It was screen-recorded by a viewer and posted on YouTube in July 2019.
The 38-minute video, which has over 60,000 views, confirmed Theresa accusing Tiffany of sending “a whole bunch of texts” to Gavin, who was then 12, and giving him “extreme stress and nervousness.”
In Gavin’s 2019 video, “The TRUTH about our Break Up…,” he alleged his work relationship with Tiffany turned “abusive and obsessive” over time, with Tiffany allegedly yelling on the children and sending him texts and DMs saying “inappropriate issues… name[ing] me names that 12-year-olds should not be known as.” He additionally alleged that Tiffany provided him a vape.
Theresa instructed Insider through a consultant that she had “lashed out in anger” and that she “remorse[s] making these feedback.” She added that they’ve “since patched up” the connection.
“She is a superb mom to her baby and I respect and help her absolutely,” she mentioned.
YouTube didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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