In 2017, Gabbie Hanna released a poetry book called Adultolescence. It appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list, but received mixed reviews for its content.
On April 19, 2021, after tweeting about how her ADHD affected the writing process for her 2020 book Dandelion, Hanna took to Twitter to respond to criticism of Adultolescence three and a half years after it first rolled in.
“Because I frankly don’t give a f*** anymore — I think it’s really lame that a bunch of non-creative, insecure, neurotypical people dragged my poetry for months for views on YouTube and TikTok instead of creating their own art,” she said. “I still can’t believe I wrote a funny, engaging, thematic poetry book about sexual assault, mortality, childhood abuse, mental illness and suicidal ideation as my first release—and all people cared to share was ‘link in bio’ and ‘family is relatives.’”
She then shared screenshots of critical video reviews of her book from Rachel Oates, a pop culture analysis YouTuber who often reviews poetry, with titles such as “My DOG is a better poet than Gabbie Hanna” and “Gabbie Hanna’s poetry is bad.”
“I also just wanna say that Rachel Oatmeal took the time to write a book from the perspective of a dog (since I write mine from the perspective of an abused child) to mock me, yet she’s still too much of coward to release under her own name. What a *loser* lmao,” Hanna said in reference to Oates’ parody book, Doggolescence.
Hanna said Oates deleted her Twitter because a mutual friend of theirs “started calling her out on her abusive, manipulative, relentless abuse towards [Hanna] … yanno, like a cowardly loser.”
“No one cares about her unless she’s talking about me. Literally,” Hanna tweeted, along with a screenshot of a “get ready with me” video that had 4,000 views. Oates has roughly 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, and Hanna has 5.7 million.
Hanna posted each of these thoughts on her Instagram Story, where she tagged Oates. Oates responded to one, which Hanna then re-shared.
“It’s been months since I reviewed any of her work, just accept the constructive criticism and write better,” Oates said in her Story. Hanna fired back by calling Oates “narcissistic” and “abusive” and saying it was she who could not take criticism.
Hanna also called Oates “irrelevant,” which fans found to be particularly upsetting, as Hanna has said in the past that “irrelevant” is “the meanest thing you can call someone.”
The word is also written — well, misspelled — across Hanna’s forehead in her Twitter photo.
Hanna then shared Oates’ personal message to her and said Oates blocked her.
“Leave me out of your attention-seeking games and go get some help please,” Oates wrote. “Clearly you’re having some sort of breakdown again and I understand, I’ve been there too, but this won’t help.”
Hanna said Oates was “gaslighting” her with that message.
Oates released one final message on her Instagram Story saying she stood by her reviews of Hanna’s work.
Hanna repeated her attacks on Oates for several more posts before shifting her attention to drama and commentary YouTuber Angelika Oles, who defended Oates against Hanna in a tweet.
“I just think this is unnecessary,” Oles said in response to Hanna’s tweet shaming how many views Oates’ personal content had gotten. “Say your part about criticism/hate/whatever you want to call it, but multiple tweets calling someone obsessive and a bully… while being obsessive and a bully back is an interesting way to go about things.”
Hanna fired back by including a screenshot of one of Oles’ videos in which she called Hanna a “bully” by grouping Oles and Oates together as “narcissistic, confused, goofy-a** b****es.”
At this point, Hanna’s fans began telling her to calm down, saying she’s “better than this” and other similar messages, but she directly refused.
Hanna spent some time celebrating the fact she was trending on Twitter (and presumably sleeping for a bit) before resuming her criticism of Oles.
Multiple people made the case that Oles, who has a drama channel, is going to report on Hanna’s life since she is a celebrity often involved in drama. Hanna rejected that by saying Oles is an internet personality herself and that it’s “weird” for Oles to “constantly insert herself into another grown woman’s life.”
Oles pointed out that Hanna has emerged to start drama ahead of a music release in the past and asked if that was the reason she was fighting people on Twitter.
In August 2020, Hanna returned to YouTube after having what she called a “breakdown.” She claimed that YouTube shadowbanned her and announced new music — including a diss track about Trisha Paytas — at the same time.
Oles also brought up the fact that Hanna has gotten in trouble in the past for telling stories about other people that she did not have permission to tell in the same way she was criticizing Oles for doing to her. Hanna fired back by saying she apologized for one of the more famous incidents. Oles said she was talking about another person entirely.
Hanna issued what can be seen as an overarching explanation for her behavior on April 20 in a video captioned, “don’t watch, I’m not well.”
“Hey guys, I know that you like to say that women are having a mental breakdown and blame any form of expression or defending themselves as being mentally incompetent and going through something … but I’m actually finally not going through something,” she said to her audience. “I actually feel really good and strong and powerful … I’m just standing up for myself.”
Hanna has been facing constant criticism over her social media posts — whether she’s reciting Cardi B lyrics as spoken word in her bathroom mirror or smushing her nose against a microphone for a video. Users have called her an “embarrassment” and “cringe” for doing things she seems to earnestly enjoy, which can be tough for any artist to hear.
It’s likely that this argument may continue for a while, either between Hanna and Oates, or Hanna and Oles or Hanna and any number of similar commentary channels. This conversation and its many threads have been going on for over 24 hours.
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