Gaming youtuber ProJared loses subscribers over allegations
Very late posting this. Allegations has emerged that the successful gamer youtuber Jared “ProJared” Knabenbauer, who at the time had over 1 million subscribers. Was soliciting and sending nude pictures of and to fans, who claim they were underage at the time. And is accused of cheating on his wife Heidi O’ Ferrall.
According to Kotaku, O’ Ferrall made some tweets on these allegations:
has been soliciting nudes from his fans for years… I was there. In the beginning, it was a joke on tumblr. Then it was its own tumblr account just for nudes. It was ostensibly a body-positive space for consenting adults, and I approved on that basis
Cecilia D’Anastasio / Kotaku – Youtuber ProJared accussed
O’Ferrall is very much aware of this and does little to reign him in. Which makes me wonder a bit as to why she is apologising now – possibly to deflect the blame much as possible from herself. As she states her husband was “abusing his power”. Yet casually, stating that she and he actually gave each other hi-fives when viewing these pictures. She later goes on to state, that she wasn’t aware of the depth of his deception in continuing this behaviour.
On regards to the pictures. It is interesting what Cecilia says;
If all parties are of age, it is not illegal or even necessarily inappropriate for a famous YouTuber to trade nudes with fans, but these situations can involve a power imbalance that places pressure on the fan.
If the person is of age, it is their responsibility to act accordingly. To not give in to pressure and distance themselves from the situation – heck I even advocate sending them a picture of a pineapple as a nude pic, then block or mute. Of course it’s much easier to be said than done.
The story does not end there. The accusation of infidelity is pretty much the more prominent one. It is here that the drama between the two really escalates. With O’Ferrall revealing that he has been cheating on her:
She further elaborates on this with another tweet
The person in question is Holly Conrad, who also goes by the name of Commander Holly online. What’s interesting is she was married to Ross O’Donovan from game grumps YT channel. It is widely believed that the two were meeting up with each other, which may indeed coincide with Ross and Holly’s own marriage break down. This further gives weight, as Holly made a now deleted tweet supporting Jared. She has now privatised her twitter, citing that she needs time away from it.
From reading her other tweets, it became pretty obvious to me that Jared was bored with Heidi. It is unfortunate that Heidi had to endure this scandal on a public scale. Whilst her ex-husband left a written statement:
I do wish the people in this whole debacle, can move on with their lives and hopefully find a way to find happiness in their lives moving forward.