Why was David Dobrik canceled? YouTuber's comeback slammed: 'We didn't forget'
Social media star David Dobrik has finally returned to YouTube after getting canceled over misconduct allegations and losing thousands of followers and many brand deals.
On Tuesday, June 15, Dobrik posted a vlog on YouTube titled, "SURPRISING MY FRIENDS!!" In the description, he stated that he would return to regular uploads. "It doesn't feel right to go back to posting like I have been and it also doesn't feel right to go dark because I love what I do but I think it is important to show that change is possible and that I'm learning maybe even forgiveness is possible," Dobrik said. "I want to use this opportunity to step up and own my mistakes." He didn't mention anything about the sexual assault allegation due to which he left social media.
On March 23, 2021, Dobrik said that he was taking a serious break from social media following the sexual assault allegations against Vlog Squad. His apology came after it was reported that a woman featured on Dobrik's YouTube channel said she was raped by Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis aka Durte Dom, in 2018 on the night they filmed a video about group sex. The woman made allegations that she was given alcohol by Vlog Squad members and she blacked out from intoxication and did not give consent. In his apology, Dobrik said he was taking the time to establish structures that enable checks and balances and help people feel comfortable and express distress. Even though Dobrik tried to address the controversy, people were not convinced and still called for the YouTuber to be officially “canceled.” After which, he decided to take a hiatus from making his viral content.
In the latest vlog, these controversies were briefly and vaguely mentioned at the start by Jason Nash and his mother. "I've been worried about you. I'm on Xanax because of you," Nash's mom who was delighted to see Dobrik said. The video also features Jeff Wittek, who had earlier stated that he was injured by Dobrik while they were shooting a stunt for a vlog. Wittek said he hurt his eye while rocking from an excavator being controlled by Dobrik in 2020. In the recent vlog, Witteck appears to allude to the controversy. While talking to Dobrik in a car, Witteck picks up a call and says, "Hold off the lawsuit. Yeah, he's got it. He's doing something." Dobrik chuckles at the exchange. Dobrik then gifts his friends a trip to Hawaii and vlogs the trip.
After a grasshopper lands on several squad members and Jonah, he freaks out, eventually removing all his clothes. "Dude, how are you this scared of grasshoppers," Dobrik asks him. "Dude, that wasn't a grasshopper bro. That was a leopard or some weird sh*t," Jonah says. The vlog ends with a road trip, where Jonah vomits after reportedly eating a large amount of food from McDonald's.
As soon as the latest vlog got posted, people started talking about it on social media. One person tweeted, "I love how not even 2 months ago people were canceling David dobrik and now all of a sudden everyone is so happy he posted again??????" While another one said, "david dobrik posts a vlog and everyone forgets he knew a girl got raped and hid it WHILE filming one of his videos. i just don't get it."
I love how not even 2 months ago people were canceling David dobrik and now all of a sudden everyone is so happy he posted again?????? pic.twitter.com/IdDdykcvNi— shyla🥀 (@itsshylaaa) June 15, 2021
david dobrik posts a vlog and everyone forgets he knew a girl got raped and hid it WHILE filming one of his videos. i just don't get it pic.twitter.com/BOCH612JkN— e (@eraseplays) June 15, 2021
One person tweeted, "not david dobrik posting again. we didn’t forget." While one wrote, "Frenemies ended so David Dobrik took this as the perfect opportunity to comeback. I hate it here!"
not david dobrik posting again. we didn’t forget pic.twitter.com/n3OfOhMKbu— zach (@boluvr) June 15, 2021
Frenemies ended so David Dobrik took this as the perfect opportunity to comeback. I hate it here! pic.twitter.com/UpG3rDH2j0— ! (@luckilypurity) June 16, 2021
Slamming Dobrik for the previous controversy, one person said, "Fuck @DavidDobrik literally an abusive cult leader who manipulates people and isn’t funny." Whereas one Dobrik fan backed the vlogger and wrote, "YouTube was miserable for one year and a half until David Dobrik is back that video views will destroy the logans vids the last six months together."
Fuck @DavidDobrik literally an abusive cult leader who manipulates people and isn’t funny— 𝖘𝖕𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖎 (@LaurenM8123) June 16, 2021
YouTube was miserable for one year and a half until David Dobrik is back that video views will destroy the logans vids the last six months together— .. (@ki_rakan) June 16, 2021