David Dobrik unexpectedly returns to YouTube after harrowing allegations: 'Did [he] forget he was canceled?'
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After David Dobrik posted a second apology video addressing serious allegations against him and his content creation collective known as the Vlog Squad, David Dobrik took a two-month hiatus from social media.
In that post he said he was going to take a serious break. This “serious break” lasted less than three months - according to a June 15 post on his Instagram page, Dobrik is back and will be posting vlogs on his channel every Tuesday.
Both fans and critics were shocked by the announcement.
"I've never felt so at odds in my life," said one Instagram user.
"David Dobrik can crawl straight back into the hole he came out of," said a Twitter user.
"Did David Dobrik forget that he was canceled or" tweeted another user.
The YouTuber-turned Viner became famous in the 2010s for its action-packed vlog format of 4 minutes to 20 seconds, but had taken a break during the COVID-19 pandemic, much to the horror of his fans. Prior to the June 15 Instagram and vlog, Dobrik had not shared a single post on any medium since March 23, 2021. His last similar vlog was posted on April 24, 2020.
In a video titled "SURPRISING MY FRIENDS !!" Dobrik shared a hectic travel montage with drinks, boats and zip lines in Hawaii. The video only vaguely mentioned the reason Dobrik resigned, and the reference was from his coworker's mother, not him.
The video also featured Jeff Wittek, who claimed Dobrik was directly involved in an excavator stunt in which Wittek was terribly injured in June 2020. He seemed to be referring to the incident in the car with Dobrik, but Dobrik laughed at it.
While Dobrik was taking his social media break in April 2021, Wittek revealed the background to the accident in a series of videos. Dobrik did not respond publicly to the allegations.
The social media hiatus began in March 2021 after Insider shared an investigation into allegations of a woman who said she was raped while filming a 2018 Vlog Squad video that Dobrik shared on his channel.
The woman claimed to have been given alcohol by members of the group who had intoxicated her to the point where she passed out. She claimed to have been involved in group sex without consenting to the involvement of Vlod Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis, also known as Durte Dom.
Back in February 2021, former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois said he had been tricked into kissing Dobrik's close friend and podcast co-host Jason Nash in a Vlog Squad video.
After posting two apology videos, Dobrik stepped down from the app he co-founded and lost a number of subscribers and sponsors.
It appears that Vlog Squad member Zane Hijazi was injured during the trip that Dobrik and his team filmed for the latest vlog, but there have been no public statements and it doesn't appear that the injuries were serious.
Will Dobrik ever address the controversy he and other Vlog Squad members have faced over the past six months? We will see next Tuesday.
If you are interested, read more about the allegations against David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad.
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