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Who is Markiplier? YouTuber gets dragged into Dan Avidan's grooming allegations, fans say 'he is not a creep'

Markiplier’s real name is Mark Edward Fischbach and apart from being a YouTuber, he is also a gamer, commentator, actor and comedian
UPDATED MAR 22, 2021
YouTuber Markiplier's name also came up in the Dan Avidan grooming controversy (Instagram @markiplier/ @danny__avidan)
YouTuber Markiplier's name also came up in the Dan Avidan grooming controversy (Instagram @markiplier/ @danny__avidan)

Leigh Daniel Avidan, popularly known as the co-host of the Let's Play web series Game Grumps, has been accused of grooming and manipulating fans after new allegations of him sexting, sleeping with and then ghosting younger fans surfaced on the Internet. Amid all the drama, YouTuber Markiplier was also dragged on Twitter, thanks to his earlier controversies getting involved in the anti-Semitic chaos in 2018 concerned with YouTuber PewDiePie and his initial collaborations with Avidan.

Avidan was all over the news after a Reddit post by a user said that the victim shared the texts involving Avidan turned into sexts once she was of legal age and eventually “led to her meeting him backstage at a Game Grumps Live show where the sexual activity occurred.” Apparently,  after their meeting, the victim also revealed that Avidan avoided contacting her, as reported by Dote Sports.

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Who is YouTuber Markiplier?

Markiplier was all of a sudden trending on Twitter when the grooming allegations of Avidan hit the Internet. Markiplier’s real name is Mark Edward Fischbach and apart from being a YouTuber, he is also a gamer, commentator, actor and comedian. He is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, but is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Markiplier is also the founder of the clothing company CLOAK, along with jacksepticeye. He mainly uploads playthroughs of various video games and thanks to his in-depth style of gameplay with full-toned voice, he has garnered over 14 billion video views and 27 million subscribers on social media.


Why is Markiplier getting dragged in Avidan's grooming allegations?

The celebrity YouTuber got a lot of hate when he apparently endorsed YouTuber PewDiePie when the latter promoted anti-Semitic propaganda on his channel in 2018. Markiplier had then asked people to subscribe to PewDiePie who has had a history of racist incidents.  PewDiePie had then made two guys hold up a sign saying “Death to all Jews” and “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong.” A lot of sexist, homophobic, and racist content was shared back then leading to new controversies. Markiplier has also collaborated with Avidan on different occasions and is also the reason why he was facing the heat from social media users.


As soon as allegations against Avidan surfaced on the web, a lot of them also dragged Markiplier in the same. Speaking on the same lines, one user stated, “Bro I do not need to see Markiplier trending right after Game Grumps was trending for being outed. Yall can't play with my heart like that.” Another stated, “Nothing wrong with an edgy joke, but woke people would try to cancel him. But yeah, I don't think Markiplier is a creep.” One posted, “Let’s just stop putting all cc’s on pedestals eh? It’s okay to like them but stop idolizing them. You only know them for who they present themselves as. You don’t know who they are behind the scenes. Bringing Markiplier into this situation just because Game Grumps.”

The next one said, “I believe wholeheartedly that markiplier is a decently good person; but nobody is incapable of doing terrible things behind the scenes. people get too easily attached to this fake online persona that isn't anything like what they are like in real life.” Another user added, “Why tf are people making the Dan situation about how good of a person Markiplier is. I'm not saying Mark has done anything on Dan's level but you are really taking the light off the victims. If you're doing this you're stupid as f**k lmfao stfu.”