Twitter is dragging English fashion and beauty blogger Zoella (Zoe Elizabeth Sugg) for past homophobic and transphobic tweets.
The YouTube blogger, who has more than 12 million subscribers was 20 and 21 when she tweeted the comments.
She said in 2010: ‘I find it funny when gay men spit… it’s like they’re trying to be a bit macho but never works.’
She also replied to a tweet in 2011 to fellow beauty vlogger Tanya Burr. She wrote: ‘Are they honestly letting a tranny in a policeman hat speak to them like that? How odd! Haha.’
Zoella also used words like ‘chav’ and ‘skank’ in other previous tweets.
Many took to Twitter to condemn the 27-year-old YouTuber, with some even using the hash tag #ZoellaIsOverParty.
One said: ‘Let’s just remind everyone that 7-8 years ago, Zoella was starting out in her 20s, this is inexcusable behaviour.’
Another said: ‘People using the fact Zoella was only 20 when she wrote those tweets. I’m sorry but am I on another planet? At 20 years old you know right from wrong and what is and isn’t appropriate to say in real life and on social media.’
Zoella responds to the controversy
Zoella took to Twitter to explain her actions: ‘I’ve seen a few of my old tweets from 7/8 years ago floating around (which I have now deleted) using words like “chav” “skank” and other words I wouldn’t use now as part of my language and lot of them were taken out of context referring to TV shows but I would never say those things now and I’m sorry if I have offended anyone, that was not my intention.
‘Obviously that is not who I am today and I’d like to think I’m a little older and wiser!
‘I’m not perfect and I’ve never claimed to be, I’m only human,’ she said.
Many came to her defence, including gay YouTuber Trent Owers: ‘Zoella shouldn’t have to apologise for the “Homophobic” tweets made about 8 years ago.
‘I’m pretty sure 8 years ago I was also using homophobic slang with my friends because we were young and didn’t know any better. The world has changed in that 8 years and so has Zoella!’
Zoella slammed for British LGBT awards nomination
It’s not the first time controversy surrounded the fashion blogger.
Just last year, Square Peg Media found themselves accused of not nominating enough LGBTI people after they released the shortlist of nominees who are in the run for an award on 22 May.
Among them was Zoella, for surpassing 10 million subscribers on YouTube. She identifies as straight and was nominated in the Straight Ally category.
A spokesperson told Gay Star News: ‘The public nominations process has delivered an exciting and varied shortlist. This process is open, honest and reflects the will of the thousands of people who took part.
‘The fact that the shortlist has created such a talking point can only be a good thing in helping the British public to decide on their LGBT heroes and straight allies of 2016.’