In a bizarre twist to addressing allegations of inappropriate behavior with minors, comedian Colleen Ballinger responded with a cringy ukulele apology song that has left the internet divided and unimpressed.
Colleen Ballinger, known for her ‘Miranda Sings’ character, found herself in hot water following accusations from Adam Mcintyre, a former fan, who alleged that the star engaged in inappropriate chats with minors and sent him used lingerie when he was 13. The allegations, which resurfaced when Mcintyre shared further content about the group chats, sparked intense backlash online. In a unique approach to addressing these claims, Ballinger opted to release a ukulele apology song on her YouTube channel, a move that further polarized her audience. Despite attempting to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the accusations and acknowledging some overstepping of boundaries with fans, Ballinger’s song was met with more disdain than sympathy, gathering an overwhelming number of dislikes and stirring up more controversy than resolution.
Colleen Ballinger’s recently released ukulele apology song has become a viral sensation, much to the internet’s collective cringe. The YouTube comedian and Netflix star was in hot water over allegations that she had engaged in inappropriate behavior with minors. The apology song, intended to address these allegations, seemed to rub many the wrong way, earning 153k dislikes to a mere 35k likes. The song contained everything from sardonic remarks on cancel culture to a quasi-confession about overstepping boundaries in her past interactions with fans.
Throughout the song, Ballinger cast doubt on the legitimacy of the accusations, implying that the controversy was fueled by a desire for drama and sensationalism rather than a concern for truth. “A lot of people are saying some things about me that aren’t quite true,” she begins. “It doesn’t matter if it’s true though just as long as it’s entertaining to you, right?”
The song was a not-so-subtle jab at cancel culture and the apparent eagerness of people to jump on the “toxic gossip train”. She went on to sing, “Rumors look like facts if you don’t mind the gaps… the locomotive’s fueled with hateful spite.”
Miranda Sings blames “cancel culture.”
Regarding her past actions, she sang about how she used to message her fans, not in a creepy way, but more like a “weird aunt” at a family gathering. She confessed to oversharing details of her life in group chats with her fans, but she said this was due to her not understanding there should be boundaries.
She also addressed the specific allegations made by Adam Mcintyre, stating that she didn’t realize it was her responsibility to decide what was appropriate for every kid to see. The comedian reiterated that her character Miranda Sings was rated PG-13, and she had always relied on parents to decide if they were comfortable with their families watching her content.
Colleen expressed remorse for the mistakes she had made and for any fans who felt betrayed by her actions. She made it clear that she did not intend to manipulate anyone, but also seemed frustrated with the verdict the internet had seemingly already handed down, saying, “It doesn’t matter what my intention was because it seems as though everyone’s already decided on that.”
While she seemed to take responsibility for some of her past actions, the cringe-worthy nature of the video, coupled with her sarcastic tone, only seemed to further polarize viewers and did little to calm the brewing controversy. Whether the ukulele apology song was a sincere attempt to address the allegations or a misstep in crisis management, only time will tell how it will impact Colleen Ballinger’s career.