One of YouTube’s most famous Vloggers is leaving the platform for good amid ongoing controversy concerning a Tweet she posted. The situation once again shows how social media can be the undoing of many successful people. Her words led to accusations from people who believed that Lindsay Ellis is racist, and it’s tough to recover from those type of allegations in this age of cancel culture.
Details on How an Alleged Racist Tweet About Asians Made Lindsay Ellis Quit YouTube
Lindsay Ellis is a 36 year old vlogger who rose to fame quickly, and now has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube. Everything was going good for her until she decided to post a tweet comparing ‘Raya and the Last dragon’ to ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’. Her comments seemed to imply Lindsay Ellis was saying all Asian movies are the same, even if that’s not what she meant.
In the deleted tweet that ended her YouTube career Lindsay Ellis said,
“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.”
She instantly regretted posting this after realizing she caused major controversy. The first step of her downfall was when Lindsay Ellis deleted her twitter account, which she later reopened. That proved she realized what she said was very wrong in context.
She would later release statement via YouTube warning people never to use Twitter, especially in the morning when you’re tired.
Fast forward to today, and Lindsay Ellis quit YouTube forever, announcing her decision via Patreon.
Why Did Lindsay Ellis Title Her Quitting YouTube Essay ‘Walking Away from Omelas’?
The announcement that Lindsay Ellis quit YouTube came by way of an essay titled ‘Walking Away from Omelas’, which has a very deep meaning. The word ‘Omelas’ comes from the 1973 short philosophical fiction writing “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by famous American writer Ursula K. Le Guin.
This incredible piece of literature focuses on a theory that there cannot be happiness without suffering to go along with it. In the book ‘Omelas’ is the perfect city where everyone one seems to be happy with no worries and stress. However, Le-Guin reveals that for everyone else to be happy in Omelas one child has to suffer continuously.
Now comparing the city of Omelas to Lindsay Ellis quitting YouTube you begin to see how it connects. YouTube made her rich and was her happiness, and before the controversy it was a perfect world for her. In essence Lindsay Ellis’ Omelas was YouTube, but now she has to walk away from her paradise due to the suffering it eventually caused.
Moral of the story is be very careful about what you post on social media.
Authors: JordanThrilla Staff