Popular YouTube stars, David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad are under fire for a resurfacing deleted video. The Vlog Squad is composed of Dobrik’s close circle of friends and are prominently featured in his YouTube videos, or more specifically his vlogs. The deleted video focused on setting up a “fivesome” with a group of college women, and in the footage, Vlog Squad members are shown peering into a dark room where one member, Dom Zeglaitis, was having a threesome with two of the women. Zeglaitis, ex-member of the Vlog Squad, has been accused of sexual assault.
The allegation was published by Insider and was from an anonymous woman. Her alias being Hannah, reported that at the time she was a sophomore in college and Zeglaitis sexually assaulted her after providing her with alcohol. Hannah states that she “immediately felt really uncomfortable because I was under the impression that we were going to meet these cool creators” and that “it was high pressure from the moment [they] walked in.” The part of the video featuring Hannah was used for a “threesome bit” that Dobrik created for his titled “SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE PLAYED WITH FIRE!!”
Although Dobrik isn’t the individual accused of sexual assault, he was affiliated with Zeglaitis and initially kept the video on his channel.
Trisha Paytas, a former member of the Vlog Squad, was also there that night and stated that Jeff Wittek and Toddy Smith, other Vlog Squad members, bought alcohol for the party. Paytas also recalled that other female fans of the Vlog Squad were forced into sexual situations by Dobrik and other primary members.
After the allegations, Dobrik put up an apology video on March 22, 2021, titled “03/22/21” addressing the situation. Dobrik states that he doesn’t support Zeglaitis’ actions, and sincerely apologizes for thinking it was okay. “Even though I got consent to post that video, I should have never posted it,” Dobrik stated, adding that his old videos and content were “creating an unfair power dynamic.”
Since the controversy was brought to light, Dobrik lost 200,000 subscribers and has lost a major investor for his new app, Dispo. He also lost multiple sponsorships, including HBO Max, DoorDash, and Audible. SeatGeek, the company that funded Dobrik’s Tesla giveaways, announced that they’ll no longer be partnering with Dobrik.
On March 22, Dobrik announced that he’s stepping down from his position for Dispo, his photo-sharing app. Dobrik had also been criticized for accepting the name Dispo from a TikToker without giving any credit. Karim, the TikTok user who created the name Dispo, had created an application to design Dobrik’s app. Dobrik reportedly commented on Karim’s videos and said he would be in touch, however, Karim revealed that he wasn’t hired.
As Dobrik continues to lose sponsorships and subscribers, it’s clear that it may be impossible for him to recover from being “canceled” by the Internet. Despite his apology video where he released his statement, fans and companies aren’t giving him another chance. Like Shane Dawson, another Youtuber who was “canceled,” Dobrik is losing it all in a matter of days. Dobrik reports that he’ll be taking a break from social media in his latest video, and YouTube has even demonetized his channel.
Taking responsibility, Dobrik stated, “I really truly hope that someone can take something away from this experience, that another creator can take away from this” and to “really take a moment and look at where the jokes end and where the feelings begin.”