Isabella Avila, aka OnlyJayus, is being called out after screenshots of their old texts leaked online. In these messages, Avila harassed another creator on Instagram using both racial and anti-gay slurs, which led to fans calling for them to apologize.
On Feb. 13, OnlyJayus finally broke their silence and issued an apology, but many Black creators have deemed the apology inauthentic and are calling for them to be canceled. The apology has since been removed.
Who is OnlyJayus?
OnlyJayus is a 21-year-old TikToker known for their humorous videos about science and psychology. Many people online refer to them as the “Psychology Facts” person because of all the information they share with their 13.5 million followers. They have been making videos online since 2016, and they started on YouTube before moving to TikTok in 2019.
Some of OnlyJayus’ old texts leaked online, which showed them using racial and anti-gay slurs.
In early February 2021, screenshots of OnlyJayus’ old conversations from August 2016 leaked online. In these conversations, which were allegedly with another white creator, they used both racial and anti-gay slurs, including the n-word, the f-word and the c-word. They also wished harm on the person on the other side of the conversation and said things like “I hope your parents get cancer” and “I hope everyone you love dies.”
As soon as fans caught wind of the conversation, they demanded that Avila apologize for using such heinous slurs. Some people pointed out that Avila is part of the LGBTQIA+ community, but most agreed that that didn’t excuse their use of the f-word as an insult.
On Feb. 13, OnlyJayus finally apologized for their old texts.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, OnlyJayus finally addressed the controversy on their various social media channels and apologized for the “disgusting” comments they made.
“In my past, I said disgusting things to people, and I am so ashamed of myself for using racist rhetoric and derogatory language to hurt others because I knew what that word meant and I understood the power behind it but I said it anyway because it was the meanest thing that I could think of and I’m so sorry to everyone, but especially to those in the Black community because only you guys can forgive me for this,” they said. “You guys deserve better.”
“When I first saw the screenshots, I didn’t even think that they were real because I forgot how hateful and how angry of a person I used to be,” they continued. “The screenshots and the things I’ve said in the past are not a reflection of who I am today.”
In the second part of their apology, Avila revealed that she would be taking some time to “take a step back” and give their platform to Black creators so they can “educate others on the trauma that happens when we use this kind of language.”
OnlyJayus’ apology did not go over well with Black creators.
Several Black creators have called out OnlyJayus for what they see as a weak, half-hearted, calculated apology.
TikToker and activist @morgan.thecreator made a video explaining “everything I hated about OnlyJayus’ apology.” Some of the things they listed included Avila’s “fake crying,” their “scripted” apology, and the fact that they thought that using the n-word was the best jab to make at someone.
TikToker @sietesays felt similarly. They noted that OnlyJayus didn’t just say the n-word — they intentionally used the word to insult someone for loving and appreciating Black people.
“There are levels to it,” they explained. “A slur is a slur, but to insult someone for being in a relationship with a Black person […] it does not get any worse than that. It is so hateful and it is so violent.”
“You said you knew what the n-word meant so why did you say it?” one fan asked. “I know damn well you shouldn’t have said it if you knew what it meant. What a lame excuse.”
Petition to ban OnlyJayus from TikTok goes viral
In June, a change.org petition to ban OnlyJayus from their platform has emerged. As of July, it has more than 420,000 signatures.
According to the website, the star has allegedly been “called out multiple times for mistreating disabled creators and creators of color,” then lists examples.
The writer claimed that OnlyJayus failed to “lift Black voices” or “share their platform with creators of color” as promised.
“Isabella has a following of 13.5 million followers on TikTok that see videos like this,” they wrote. “Please sign the petition to help get OnlyJayus off this app and make it safer for all creators.”
OnlyJayus has not yet responded to the petition, nor has TikTok.
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