Where is CallMeCarson? YouTuber returns after long absence post grooming allegations

Carson King, better known to fans as CallMeCarson, was accused of grooming and sexting two underaged fans in January


                            Where is CallMeCarson? YouTuber returns after long absence post grooming allegations
Carson King, also known as CallMeCarson (Instragram/@callmecarsonyt)

YouTuber and ‘Minecraft’ streamer Carson King, better known to fans as CallMeCarson, was accused of grooming and sexting two underaged fans in January. After public outcry, the internet personality disappeared from the internet altogether. After months of radio silence, CallMeCarson is back again. 

On Wednesday, August 25, he uploaded a video on his YouTube channel that has 2.94 million subscribers. His last video on the channel was uploaded about eight months before the latest video. In the very short video, titled ‘Moving Forward’, King said, “This isn’t gonna be your average YouTuber apology video. I’m not gonna make it long and drawn out. I’ve learned a lot over this past year. I’m not seeking forgiveness nor am I looking to make excuses.”

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Without spending much time reflecting on the controversy or addressing the allegations, King said that he intended to “donate 100 percent of [his] profits to charity.” King said his “Year of Charity” will begin in September with all proceeds from the month being donated to the Games For Love charity. Each month, the streamer will select a different charity. 

“Before you start looking at this as an excuse to sweep things under the rug, that’s not what this is,” he stressed. “I’m doing this to turn a negative situation into something positive that can help a lot of people.” King, who is set to return to Twitch on September 1 -- his first broadcast in over seven months -- however, said, “I’m not going to answer any specifics of the situation with me. Nor am I going to do anything to cause any more drama than there already is.”

The allegations

One of the accusers said she was 17 and still in high school when she tweeted at King, who was then 19. She said King began privately messaging her, first on Twitter and then on Discord. She shared screenshots of the supposed Discord messages on Twitter where King sent her sexually suggestive messages. A second accuser came forward the day after. She tweeted a screenshot of supposed Snapchat messages between her and King in June 2019 when she was 17 and King was 20. She also allegedly exchanged nude photos with King through Snapchat.

Reactions to his 'Year of Charity'

King’s plan to move forward was not welcomed by a lot of people. “You could've at least said sorry to the victims and everyone else involved. Even your close friends left you, that's clearly a sign that no one likes you and you need to do something. giving money away doesn't fix what you did. like AT ALL,” tweeted one person.

Another person said, “Does the whole ‘it's for charity’ thing strike anyone else as just a bit manipulative? I'm not saying what he did was as bad as Saville, but... I was a fan of Carson's content before everything kicked off, so my feelings on his return are very mixed to say the least.”



 



 

One tweet read: “The bare minimum u had to do was act sympathetic to the victims, instead u made it about urself. I’m glad moneys going to charity, but this is a joke, a minute and a half long video mainly promoting ur twitch with a note that u don’t wanna talk about it?? Say sorry to the victims.” Another tweet read, “man you promoted your twitch more times then you even said sorry, which you didnt even do which is the bare minimum imo.”

One person wrote, “Carson: This is not an excuse to sweep things under the rug. Carson less than 10secondes after that statement: Sweeps things under the rug. I don't think you deserve to be canceled. With that being said i don't think this is the way to make up for what has been done.”



 



 



 

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