Why did Lindsay Ellis quit Twitter? Internet blames cancel culture for YouTuber's exit

Back in March, Lindsay Ellis was slammed for a tweet where she said that 'Raya And The Last Dragon' was a ripoff of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'


                            Why did Lindsay Ellis quit Twitter? Internet blames cancel culture for YouTuber's exit
In a recent Twitter post, Lindsay Ellis bid her fans 'goodbye' (namebrandlindsay/Instagram)
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YouTuber Lindsay Ellis has called it quits. Fans say that Ellis had to leave Twitter because she was "harassed to her breaking point" for an old tweet where she said that 'Raya And The Last Dragon' was a ripoff of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'. In a recent Twitter post, Ellis bid her fans 'goodbye'.

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In March this year, YouTuber-author Lindsay Ellis found herself at the center of a troll fest. The 'harassment', as her fans say, was triggered by her tweets, in which she had called 'Raya and the Last Dragon' a redux of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender'.

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Her tweets were deleted after angry keyboard warriors slammed her for putting two different pieces of work under the same category. "Also watched Raya and the Last Dragon and I think we need to come up with a name for this genre that is basically Avatar: the Last Airbender reduxes. It's like half of all YA fantasy published in the last few years anyway," one of her posts read.

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(Twitter)

"I can see where if you squint I was implying all Asian-inspired properties are the same, especially if you were already privy to those conversations where I had not seen them. But the basic framework of TLA is becoming popular in fantasy fiction outside of Asian inspired stuff," Ellis tweeted later, possibly in an effort to explain her earlier tweet, which some thought exhibited a lack of "research".

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(Twitter)

Ellis runs a successful YouTube channel that has clocked over a million followers so far. She creates video essays and "other nondescript content". "Enjoy these hottest of takes on Disney, Transformers, and Musicals. All hail the Algorithm," her YT bio reads.

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When not tied up in wires in her Los Angeles home studio, Ellis writes. Her debut sci-fi title 'Axiom's End' was received well. "The blistering fast read isn’t bogged down with unnecessary subplots or language to slow down the action," Eugene Weekly reviewed and added that she has constructed a world that makes the aliens unique without "falling into the sci-fi traps of limiting readers with hard science references, too much space opera-y or clichés."

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Fans are now saying that Ellis has quit social media following months of humiliation over her tweets. "Lindsay Ellis was hugely responsible for changing the youtube sphere and making video essays less "dude yells at screen" and more of an intelligent form of entertainment in the longform. Aside from that, she also did some killer writing. We've lost a titan today," one user wrote. "I am disheartened by the way social media mobbing ostracizes and alienates vulnerable individuals. I empathize with so much of what was written here and I hope Lindsay Ellis finds comfort, joy, and peace of mind in whatever path she takes. I am crushed," wrote another user.

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"Lindsay Ellis is literally calling it quits because of that Raya tweet. She has over a million YouTube subscribers and about 9,000 Patrons and her career couldn't survive *one* problematic tweet. That's what operating in that toxic space is like," said one user, while another wrote, "What happened to Lindsay Ellis is an indictment against the cannibalism of the online left. A woman was harassed to her breaking point because she said a movie reminded her of a show and the people who did it thought they were heroes when really they are just toxic shitty people." One user said, "The whole Lindsay Ellis thing is a great reminder that we need to admit cancel culture DOES exist. It just only functions against people without power to begin with, usually on the left. We're tearing each other apart out of performative righteousness and it's hurting people."

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