Inside Gabbie Hanna's many feuds with fellow YouTubers
There is a storm brewing on YouTube with Gabbie Hanna at its center. In recent weeks, she has been lashing out at fellow content creators, reigniting old feuds, starting new ones and getting into clashes with her critics. Safe to say that the YouTuber with 2.4 million subscribers has been fodder for the dangerous gossip and rumors dominating YouTube. And that is even before she released the cover of Alanis Morissette's 'You Oughta Know' - "the first taste of my rock music with the world".
Hanna is at the receiving end of a lot of flak for a string of actions done in seemingly bad taste. Over the course of the last few weeks, many social media users have pointed out that Hanna has started feuds with fellow content creators, gaslit some, abused others, and has been called out for stealing art from her own sister. In addition to that, she has been apparently calling people out for bullying her and criticizing her work, even going on a rant on a podcast episode.
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For the unaware, Hanna, born on February 7, 1991, started her career on the short-form video service Vine, under the name 'The Gabbie Show'. After that platform shut down, she started a YouTube channel with the same name a year later. At first, she used to make regular videos as her peers, but it was her 'story time' videos that became her USP. In these videos, she stood in front of the camera recounting bizarre events that happened to her.
The release of 'Dandelion'
The drama has kept social media on its toes, as every other day a new stunt by Gabbie weakens her own case, further deteriorating her social (media) standing. Hanna has been called out not only on YouTube but also on Twitter, as fans, followers and even fellow YouTubers have expressed concern over her actions.
She has written two books: 'Adultolescence' in September 2017 and another one titled 'Dandelion' in October 2020. It is the latter one that could be considered the starting point of a string of questionable behaviour exhibited by Hanna.
On Goodreads, Hanna's 'Adultolescence' has a rating of 3.22. 'Dandelion' has a rating of 3.44, which is not all that great - but both books are pretty much in the same league, going by audience reviews. But when it was reviewed by a fellow YouTuber, Hanna was up in arms.
Feud #1 with Rachel Oates
Perhaps all of this begins with the book review by Rachel Oates of Gabbie's second book. While Rachel made perfectly valid points about the book throughout her review, basing her criticism on the technique, or lack thereof, of the artwork and the book as a piece of 'art' as a whole.
Rachel pointed out how most of the poems written by Hanna were Instagram/ Tumblr posts and not actual poems. Hanna, however, went on to call Rachel out for apparently trying to mock Hanna's trauma, calling her a 'manipulative' and 'narcissistic abuser'.
At the same time, Oates was not the only one who didn't appreciate Hanna's art. Social media users shared excerpts of the new book and the old one, mostly the 'poorly-written' ones, to mock her.
Hanna then shared a video against Oates. "Hanna also posted a series of Instagram stories calling out Rachel Oates. She called Rachel a “narcissistic abuser.” In this clip, Gabbie explains why Rachel allegedly deleted her Twitter," a user wrote in a tweet.
She said that she accepted criticism only from "talented smart people", who had proved themselves to be capable artists according to her.
Gabbie Hanna also posted a series of Instagram stories calling out Rachel Oates. She called Rachel a “narcissistic abuser.” In this clip, Gabbie explains why Rachel allegedly deleted her Twitter. pic.twitter.com/spaj8Gq1bt— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 19, 2021
Eventually, Oates shared a statement on her Instagram Stories.
Angelika Oles was on Oates' side, calling Hanna out for her actions. "I just think this is unnecessary. say your part about criticism/hate/whatever you want to call it. but multiple tweets calling someone obsessive and a bully... while being obsessive and a bully back is an interesting way to go about things," she wrote in a tweet.
i just think this is unnecessary. say your part about criticism/hate/whatever you want to call it. but multiple tweets calling someone obsessive and a bully... while being obsessive and a bully back is an interesting way to go about things. https://t.co/QrhSGKogkr— Angelika Oles (@angelikaoles) April 19, 2021
Oles further accused Hanna of triggering the feud to help promote her upcoming song. Hanna responded to her tweets but with the same, if not more, abuses. In response, several users called Gabbie out for bullying Oles.
Trisha Paytas has said several times that they are not friends with Hanna. Their tumultuous relationship has pretty much always been strained. In 2019, the YouTuber posted a video titled 'Why I don't trust Gabbie Hanna', in which they alleged that Hanna had spread rumours about their sexual health. In the video, Paytas clarified that they had met Hanna only once.
But in February 2021, many fans and followers of both personalities thought their issues were settled as Paytas appeared on Hanna's podcast. But that didn't last for a long time as issues between them resurfaced regarding differences of narratives.
She then commented on TikTok, "I'm like trisha paytas if she was talented and happy." Paytas then called Gabbie out in a tweet saying, "Gabbie is a very delusional person. I truly am like this secret fan of her content. But she tried to convince me for hours that we had exchanges that never happened. To me, I don’t want to go back and forth with someone who needs help but won’t get it."
Gabbie is a very delusional person. I truly am like this secret fan of her content. But she tried to convince me for hours that we had exchanges that never happened. To me, I don’t want to go back and forth with someone who needs help but won’t get it.— Trisha Paytas (@trishapaytas) April 23, 2021
TODAY IN SHADE: Gabbie Hanna responds to someone saying she’s trying to be next Trisha Paytas. Gabbie says “i’m like trisha paytas if she was talented and happy.” Gabbie later responds when asked if she’s becoming like Trisha for clout “i f*cking hope not omg lmao kill me first.” pic.twitter.com/uvL370NpAB— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 23, 2021
After a series of tweets that Paytas shared, Hanna responded in an Instagram Live calling them a “liar” and a “fake b**ch”, following it up with a TikTok calling them a “hypocritical, fake, b**ch".
CALL OUT: Gabbie Hanna calls Trisha Paytas a “fake b*tch,” adding that she edited parts of her podcast with Trisha out because she was confronting them about their lies. Gabbie she’s releasing the full unedited podcast. pic.twitter.com/6O4PPiLj8A— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 24, 2021
And then Trisha responded in a long series of videos calling Hanna "delusional".
CLAP BACK: Trisha Paytas responds to Gabbie Hanna’s statements about them during a live stream. Gabbie had called Trisha “fake” and a “liar.” Trisha shares voice memos showing that Gabbie retracted statements about them after their podcast together. pic.twitter.com/qxqo8Pl9OX— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 25, 2021
36-year-old Oscar Wylde is a well-known DJ and producer known as "cvkedup", who creates electronic music. With over 373,000 Instagram followers under the handle, he enjoys a strong 95.7k followers on YouTube.
This is perhaps the most bizarre feud started by Hanna. Wylde happened to like a tweet criticizing Hanna. And when she uploaded videos calling him out for that, he DMed her saying "I don't want no issues" and "don't think I hate you or anything", according to a screenshot of the conversation he shared on his Twitter to clear the air.
When Hanna asked for a public apology before blocking him, Wylde was done.
TOTALLY UNEXPECTED: Gabbie Hanna continues to go after people, this time going after Oscar Wylde after Oscar reached out to Gabbie in DMs. In the DMs, Gabbie demanded a public apology from Oscar. Oscar said “this girl brought me into this for simply liking a tweet.” pic.twitter.com/3YOWP9TAxU— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 21, 2021
She also went on her story telling her fans I reached out and then blocked her and posted DMs... no I posted DMs after you mentioned me in your ig story degrading my character so I showed the extent of my interaction with you. Simple as that. It’s called defending myself?— oscarwylde (@OMFGITSOSCAR) April 21, 2021
CLAP BACK: Oscar Wylde responds to Gabbie Hanna saying “no I posted DMs after you mentioned me in you ig story degrading my character so I showed the extent of my interaction with you.” Gabbie had claimed she hadn’t mentioned Oscar, but she has tagged him in a story. pic.twitter.com/5pLDidnZ4E— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 21, 2021
Her very own sister
Hanna was also "exposed" by her sister - not only regarding her bullying behaviour in the past but also for stealing her content.
In a video from May 21, 2021, YouTuber Sloan got into the nitty-gritty. Hanna was apparently called out by one of her older sisters for stealing her artwork and using it in their poetry book. "CALL OUT: Gabbie Hanna’s older sister Monica calls out Gabbie’s other sister Cherisa for joining the “party to hate on Gabbie.” Cherisa recently accused Gabbie of stealing her artwork for on of her poetry books."
CALL OUT: Gabbie Hanna’s older sister Monica calls out Gabbie’s other sister Cherisa for joining the “party to hate on Gabbie.” Cherisa recently accused Gabbie of stealing her artwork for on of her poetry books. pic.twitter.com/nspkhB0bgZ— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 22, 2021
It has now come to a point where users are recommending that Hanna take a break from social media in order to mentally get in a better space to tetirn stronger later.