Colleen Ballinger, the controversial content material creator identified for her Miranda Sings persona, has returned to YouTube 5 months after her notorious ukulele ‘apology’. Ballinger’s new weblog content material, merely titled “fall vlog,” begins with one other apology and an acknowledgment of the “actually embarrassing” ukulele video, earlier than launching into sedate content material about sea shells, rocks on the shore, and the creator’s home life. She posted the 13-minute video on Saturday.
Ballinger is a comic and musician with a protracted historical past on YouTube that allowed her to develop onto Netflix and into stay reveals. In the summertime of 2023, Rolling Stone reported on Ballinger’s interactions together with her fanbase. The allegations, which have been reported on in a number of different shops, included Ballinger sustaining an unhealthy and exploitative relationship together with her followers without cost labor, mailing lingerie to an underaged fan, and sharing inappropriate and sexual jokes in a bunch chat with minors.
“Over the past 15 years of my profession, there have been moments the place I used to be immature and inappropriate with a few of my comedy,” Ballinger says in her new weblog content material. “And there have been instances when I didn’t put sufficient thought into a few of my fan interactions. And due to that conduct, folks obtained damage. And I’m so sorry. I by no means needed to harm anyone, however it’s clear that I did, and I really feel so horrible about that.”
After the apology, Ballinger transitions the video into conventional vlog content material associated to her private life.
It’s a change in tone from her earlier musical apology, which Ballinger posted as a result of “Regardless that my staff has strongly suggested me to not say what I need to say, I just lately realized they by no means mentioned that I couldn’t sing what I needed to say.” The ukulele melody, with a refrain in regards to the “poisonous gossip prepare,” included traces like “I’m not a groomer — only a loser,” and “I assumed you needed me to take accountability, however that’s not the purpose of your mob mentality, is it, no, your objective is to wreck the lifetime of the individual you despise when you dramatize your lies and monetize their demise.”
Ballinger’s return to YouTube raises the query as as to if she has appropriately acknowledged issues and addressed them. It stays to be seen whether or not she will be able to escape the impression of the allegations, and the mega-virality of her ukulele apology video from the summer time.