YouTuber Adam Blampied, Formerly of WhatCulture, Apologises for Misogynistic and Manipulating Behaviour


On October 25th, well-known YouTube personality Adam Blampied, who previously achieved massive success with the popular channel before parting ways and heading over to his new project, ‘Cultaholic’, released a lengthy statement via Twitter that certainly caught the attention of fans and critics alike, particularly in the wake of still-emerging allegations regarding the behaviour of prominent Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Within his statement Blampied admitted to, on several occasions, manipulating his female fans into sending him explicit images of themselves via online channels. He reportedly pressured these women into performing acts that many where uncomfortable with, persistently messaging until he got what he craved. As if this situation wasn’t ugly enough, he also engaged in these activities while in an established relationship – he falsely claimed to the aforementioned fans that this was an “open” relationship, but has now admitted this too was a lie.

You can view Blampied’s full statement in the following tweet:

I must admit, as a long-time fan of both WhatCulture’s channel and Blampied himself, as well as many of his ‘Cultaholic’ colleagues, this news came as something of a shock for me. Sadly this is far from the first report of a prominent YouTube personality taking advantage of their position to facilitate the exploitation of their fans, usually young females – which perhaps indicates a larger problem throughout an industry in which direct communication between presenters and fans is not only desired, but expected. What isn’t expected however is for said contact to devolve into such misogynistic and damaging behaviour.

Blampied followed up his statement with a series of tweets in which he urged his fans and followers not to judge or attack the women who have since come forward, and to instead place the blame upon him and not attempt to defend his actions.

“I’m going to go away after this,” wrote Blampied. “I just wanted to say one more thing. Please don’t attack the women for speaking out.

“They have been hurt, by me. There has been enough hurt. Please don’t post something that could harm people who have a right to their anger.

“The purpose of this was not to get points, and any praise for bravery is well off the mark.

“People being supportive is one thing, but please don’t publicly leap to my defence on this. My behaviour does not warrant it.

“I just wanted you all to know, so that I never hurt anyone again. Please be kind and understanding to the women. More than I was.”

Despite Blampied’s insistence that his fans should not attempt to defend or condone his actions, I have come across a multitude of online comments that attempt to do just that. These (arguably misguided) people assert that as Blampied did not actively force himself upon these individuals in a physical manner, and because they were all consenting and of adult-age, that he did not in fact do anything wrong other than the hurt he caused to his girlfriend. To be honest, many of these comments carry the distinctive stench of victim blaming and seem to intentionally ignore the often-manipulative tactics the YouTube personality employed. Audiences build up a level of familiarity and by extension trust with the YouTube personalities with which they engage on a daily basis, and by intentionally fostering friendships with these individuals purely with the intent of using this relationship to his own advantage, Blampied violated this trust and, make no mistake, fully took advantage of vulnerable fans. True, some of them may have been of sound mind and fully consenting as these people insist, but statements released by those affected clearly show that this was not always the case.

On notable example in this regard is the story of Twitter user @SRbackwards, who released a statement of her own shortly after the news broke in which she pointedly labelled Blampied a “sexual predator” in light of his recent actions.

“About a year ago, a drunk Adam Blampied slid into my DMs and asked me to send him nudes,” she wrote. “I was drunk at the time, which I made clear to him.

“I told him I wasn’t used to this kind of attention, so it was sort of an ego boost for me. He told me it was “nice to break the habit”.

“Knowing that I was 19, drunk, sexually inexperienced and had moral objections to sending him nudes, he continued to try to persuade me. In the end, I relented.

“He was charming, he was the face of a YouTube channel and I'd been a fan of him for a while. He made me feel so good about myself for about six hours, then he made me feel like utter sh*t for months.”

To me, that reads like a clear indication of predatory and manipulative behaviour. If you need further convincing, remember that the story broke when Blampied himself admitted as much.

Both YouTube channels with which Blampied has been associated, namely WhatCulture and the new channel Cultaholic, have released statements of their own regarding the star’s behaviour.

Peter Willis, Director of WhatCulture Limited, told the BBC that Blampied's departure “was not linked to the series of Twitter messages that were published [on Wednesday], nor were we aware of any of the events within those tweets until reading Adam’s own statement.

“WhatCulture categorically condemns all sexual harassment, predatory behaviour and abuses of position and power.”

Cultaholic meanwhile posted the following to their own Twitter page:

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