If you look On Gabbie Hanna’s TikTok page today, there’s very little out of the ordinary. There are quite a few dance videos, several daily chores from my life, and promotions for her upcoming album shock queen. But over the past week, the singer and YouTube personality has dominated the For You page which has countless social media users. What started as a singer sharing new insights into religion ended with no less than two hundred new videos in 96 hours, a potential break-in, and multiple visits from the LAPD.
This isn’t Hanna’s first time as a popular topic. Now an online personality with 7.8 million followers on TikTok, Hanna made a name for herself on Vine in 2013, leading the six-second app in viral short sitcoms. Hanna’s comedy was heavily criticized after being accused of plagiarizing jokes and apologizing several times for popular skits and videos that fans deemed racist.
After the mass migration to Youtube after Vine shut down in 2016, Gabbie created a Gaby Show And he won several Web Awards in Shortys and Streamys before succumbing to Youtubers’ most popular track: Dramatic Videos.
Last week, in a 180-degree turn from her mostly promotional content, Gabe began posting dozens of videos a day walking or dancing in mirrors around her California home while addressing her followers directly. Most of the vociferous comments centered around her belief in a higher power and destiny, some contained poetry dedicated to feminist ideas, and others were seemingly unfamiliar statements – including claims that it was the second coming of Christ and how “My Father” – her name for God – is responsible Now on her Twitter and Instagram.
She also provided colorful commentary on hot issues such as housing insecurity, whether a person of color or not, the transgender community, and privilege; Many of them described her followers as transphobic, racist and harmful. Hanna did not recognize the people in her comments and asked her to apologize and she did not respond rolling rockComment request.
Gabe has spoken in the past about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and how it affects her life. Because of this, her misbehavior led many fans to assume she was having a frenzy, and users left thousands of comments referring to Gabe’s family and saying they called the local police and asked them to get a health check.
Through her videos, Gabe appeared to ignore messages from friends who called her, saying that she was the “happiest” and “smartest” person on the planet and instead claiming that people were being critical of them because they were afraid of the “truth”.
After being tagged in Gabbie’s videos hundreds of times, Gabbie’s sister said her family was doing what they could from their Pennsylvania home. “At the end of the day, you’re all strangers on the internet and it’s none of your business no matter the level of anxiety,” she wrote in a pinned comment on her page.
The story intensified when a social media user who had seen Gabe’s videos found her. The stranger was identified as Nick, and appeared in several videos with Gabe, who said he knocked on the door to ask to use the bathroom and was now hanging out with her.
Meanwhile, the person Gabby was calling a “gift from God” was using his time at her home to post multiple videos on TikTok, asking his followers what to do and documenting the star’s home. She eventually kicked him out, claiming Nick “forced his way” home and thanked Dad for protecting his “little sapphire.”
In a follow-up to Nicki Minaj’s song “Freaky Girl,” Hanna said five police officers came to her home, detained her, handcuffed her, and forced her to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which she said she went through because she was “smart, educated, kind and brave.”
After the police visit, the tone of Hanna’s videos changed dramatically. Instead of dance videos or sometimes inconsistent sermons about religion, Hanna posted several TikTok livestreams addressing the situation. In one now-deleted clip, the singer posted a video of the notes app discussing the media’s interest in her and scolding her followers and unnamed people for sending the police to her home. And in another deleted video, the singer compared herself to other famous women who were described as crazy, dropping Britney Spears’ name and thanking God she had the foresight to stay calm in a “could have been fatal” situation.
“None of this should have been allowed to happen,” she said. “People should look for context before attacking a woman and calling her crazy.”
Hanna didn’t directly address whether she was having a frenzy but said some of her behavior was related to the cannabis she was smoking at the time, putting her in a “different level of consciousness.”
Addressing two whimsical videos where she screams in her mirror, Hanna said they are emotional spoken and directed poems about the problems of “starving children.” On Thursday, she added the videos to her playlist titled “Gabi Hanna’s Poems.” In addition to one clip of Hanna dancing to “Freaky Girl,” they are the only videos from the incident left on Hanna’s page.
Since she started posting last week, Hanna’s videos have been viewed millions of times, with the Youtuber hashtag racking up 1 billion views on TikTok alone. Hanna’s seemingly wrong behavior and experience with the police have sparked a huge debate about mental health resources and TikTok’s responsibility to prevent Hanna’s content from harming other users and herself.
According to the app’s current community guidelines, Tiktok does not allow videos that “depict, promote, normalize or glorify activities” that could lead to self-harm or acts of hate. While some voices have been removed from Gabbie’s videos that may contain a lot of swearing, Hanna’s account has remained suspended.
Since the accident, Hanna has re-published her album shock queen, which she says is about her journey through Hollywood and about releasing inner demons through music. Her comments are filled with people asking if the videos are a real cry for help or a publicity stunt, but unless Hannah changes course to address her, viewers are wondering: What did they just watch?
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