Joey Graceffa, left, and Gabbie Hanna.
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Gabbie Hanna cannot escape the maelstrom. The YouTube drama machine, by its nature, is constantly on the hunt for its latest lead character, and after touring Leafy, Trisha Paytas and Paul Brothers, all eyes are once again on the former Vine star. , 30 years old. Hanna’s latest dispute is fraught with countless micro-controversies and nested sub-plots involving many other prominent YouTubers, but I’ll try to keep it brief.
Basically, Hanna uploaded a video on her channel triggering a beef with fellow YouTubers Joey Graceffa and Daniel Preda, which she says exacerbated her messy eating issues during season four of a reality TV show. scripted called Escape the night. (Think of it like a murder mystery show starring prominent YouTubers.) Graceffa, the show’s creator, and Preda, a lead producer, served as the orchestrating duo behind the season., which was filmed in 2019. Hanna accuses the couple of ignoring her specific dietary requests, dressing her in uncomfortable clothes, and unceremoniously killing her character after a particularly serious argument with a director.
âAt the end of the first day, I was like, ‘Okay, there is literally no healthy food,’â she says in this video. “I took Daniel aside and said,” I understand it’s the first day, but please make sure there is good food tomorrowâ¦ I was very unhappy because I was hungry, man. Not eating enough, not eating the right food, and in the mental state that every time I eat one of these snacks I blow up a hundred sizes.
Hanna, for her part, admits that her demeanor on set was demanding (in her own words, she could be “a bitch”), but she felt like she was put in an untenable and volatile position. The environment was toxic, Hanna argues, and she isn’t the only one to blame for it. âI had a very emotional reaction to a very emotionally triggering situation, and I could have done better. That’s why I apologized for it, âshe says in the video. “But don’t apologize in return, don’t take ownership of anything you did to help thisâ¦ You didn’t respect me as a person, as a friend, as a creator and as a creator. as a talent on your show. “
Of course, YouTube being YouTube, both Escape the night the creators weren’t going to take these accusations while lying down. A day after Hanna’s confessional, Graceffa uploaded a video titled “Gabbie Hanna Must Stop”. Graceffa sets the tone by saying, “I want to warn you guys, Gabbie was actually the nightmare.” And he doesn’t fire any punches from there. Graceffa claims that Preda dutifully provided Hanna with the “healthy meals” (from Whole foods, he points out) that she asked, and that Hanna approved of the outfit she was wearing in Escape the night. Additionally, Graceffa claims that Hanna has ghost two subsequent wardrobe accessories and includes onscreen emails as a backup.
Preda, of course, produced her own hour-long replica, depositing a litany of toxicity at Hanna’s feet. He claims Gabbie was often disruptive and unprofessional, and called an assistant a “fucking stupid asshole” after her call time was adjusted by 15 minutes. âThere’s never a proper time to use that kind of language with anyone. Not to mention someone who’s on the crew, someone who’s on the cast,â Preda said in her video, “It’s disgusting behavior. It’s unprofessional. And it really shows who you are as a person, and I don’t think Gabbie even remembers that.”
Some of the other YouTubers involved in Escape the night – including Alex Wassabi, Manny Mua and Rosanna Pansino – weighed in on Twitter, on the side of Gracfetta and Preda. âI don’t like the drama, but Gabbie’s video paints a false picture of what happened. Much of it is just plain fake, âPansino wrote in a tweet, adding that the entire cast received dietary restriction forms before filming began and all of their requests have been addressed.
And so, we are all witnesses to the final chapter of Gabbie Hanna’s disorienting drama. She has yet to respond to the latest accusations made by Graceffa and Preda, but this is far from the first time Hanna has fought with multiple YouTubers. Kat Tenbarge, at Insider, has written an exhaustive history of Hanna’s many feuds, beginning with a still-ongoing brawl in 2019, with her controversial YouTuber colleague Trisha Paytas, as the two play an inexhaustible game of her, have they said.
It’s worth mentioning that Hanna’s original indictment against Gracfetta and Preda came from an unfinished series of videos on her channel that aims to document her various dustings over the years. It’s called Confessions of a failed YouTube, and it seems likely that with this current revamped story making headlines, there’s already another on the horizon. There is great potential for monetization in an embarrassing, slow motion public disaster. It won’t be the last time we hear from Hanna. It’s hard to learn your lesson when the numbers keep rising.