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Why "Gen Z's Jimmy Fallon" Is Facing a Reckoning

Slate

David Dobrik, a YouTuber who's turned billions of views into millions of dollars in assets, is now rapidly losing both money and subscribers after being connected to a rape allegation involving a fellow YouTuber. The allegation, which was first reported by Insider last week, is only the latest to threaten to undermine the 24-year-old's wholesome image, but it's the first to provoke a genuine reckoning. On the first episode of ICYMI, Slate's new podcast about internet culture, hosts Rachelle Hampton and Madison Malone Kircher explained how "Gen Z's Jimmy Fallon" got so popular and why he's finally facing consequences. The segment has been adapted into the following conversation. The best of movies, music, TV, books, and more, delivered to your inbox three times a week.


YouTube star David Dobrik steps down from board of Dispo amid sex assault claims against a member of his Vlog Squad

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

YouTube star David Dobrik is stepping down from the board of Dispo, the app he co-founded, amid allegations of sexual assault against a member of his Vlog Squad. In a statement obtained by USA TODAY, Dispo confirmed Dobrik was leaving his position on the board. "David has chosen to step down from the board and leave the company to not distract from the company's growth," reads the statement. Earlier Monday, venture capital firm Spark Capital released a statement on Twitter saying it planned to "sever all ties" with Dispo. It's not just you:Technology for remote work is leading to longer workdays "We have stepped down from our position on the board and we are in the process of making arrangements to ensure we do not profit from our recent investment in Dispo," reads the statement from Spark Capital.


David Dobrik's photo app Dispo relaunched with an ad imagining him as an old man

Mashable

David Dobrik's new photo app that reimagines the old way photography worked has launched a new version of the app with an ad that dresses the YouTuber up in an old costume. The spot was directed by Mark Romanek -- director of the film One Hour Photo, which does not feel accidental -- the makeup was done by Oscar- winning artist Kazu Hiro. Right now Dispo remains invitation only and people are fighting to get in. Basically you take pictures through a small aperture with a crude zoom function, just like an old disposable. Your photos "develop" the next day at 9 a.m.


What is Dispo? David Dobrik's photo app recreates the disposable camera experience and aesthetic

Mashable

Seems like every week there's some new app you just have to get. I mean who even are you if you're not on Clubhouse, at this point? Dispo might is the latest app you'll soon hear that you have to be on. Here's the TL;DR: Dispo is a photo app from influencer David Dobrik that effectively mimics the disposable camera experience. If you'd like a further breakdown, we've got it below.


The enduring art of apologizing from the floor

Mashable

YouTube apology videos may have evolved to be less teary, but sitting on the floor is a constant. David Dobrik employed the tactic in a recent video addressing allegations of sexual misconduct. David Dobrik posted a second apology video on Tuesday, following allegations that Dobrik and his YouTuber cohort, dubbed the Vlog Squad, harbored a toxic environment that was racist, misogynistic, and rife with sexual misconduct. He didn't acknowledge the controversy until Insider published a damning investigation last week alleging that Dobrik was complicit in the sexual assault of a college student who appeared in his vlogs. The first video he posted, which was just two and a half minutes long, was widely criticized as insincere.