“I feel like we are in a time where we are purging ourselves of everything and everything that is toxic,” she said in a video titled “A Message”, in which she apologized for its racist and sexist content.
Mourey, who has more than 20 million subscribers, highlighted specific videos from 2011 and 2012 – one in which she donned a blackface to imitate rapper Nicki Minaj, another with a rap song with a joke on Asians, and a video in which she criticized women who “slept”.
“It was not my intention to blackface,” she said of Minaj’s impersonation. “I want to tell you how incredibly sorry I am if I offended you by posting this video or making this impression, and it was never my intention. It’s not correct. It is shameful. It’s horrible. I wish it was not the case ‘is not part of my past. ”
She added that the rap song, which included the lyrics “Hey Ching Chong Wing Wong, shake your King Kong ding dong”, was “inexcusable” and “should not have existed”.
Mourey, whose videos have garnered over 3 billion total views, was among the first introductions to YouTube for many. She created her channel in 2010, when the platform was just starting to become mainstream – long before it exploded into the booming industry it is today.
She is best known for her early comedy sketches and satirical educational videos – many of which have now been made private – and, more recently, for her lifestyle and DIY content.
After posting the video on Thursday, some fans and other influencers defended it online, arguing that the incident showed the toxicity of “canceling culture” – the phenomenon of public figures being quickly “canceled” for having said or done something controversial.
But others hailed Mourey’s reaction as taking responsibility for past mistakes.