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Two transgender women say they were kicked out of Jake Paul’s Team 10 house because they are “not real girls.”
In a YouTube video posted by Lilah Gibney on June 29, she and her friend Kendall Raindrop say they were kicked out of a party at Paul’s Team 10 house by an editor named Blaine O’Roark. O’Roark did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot for comment.
“[O’Roark] said, “I just thought you guys were gonna come with real girls,'” Gibney recalls in the video.
“We’re not real girls apparently,” Kendall says.
The YouTube video cuts to a clip that Raindrop filmed showing the exchange between her, Gibney, and O’Roark.
“I’m not being transphobic,” O’Roark can be heard saying. “How is it transphobic?”
“You literally just said (Gibney’s) not a girl,” Raindrop said.
Later, O’Roark said, “I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I’m just being real… I was told girls were coming.”
As the YouTube video continues, Raindrop said she asked O’Roark if she looked like a boy, and he said no.
“He literally was saying I wasn’t a girl, and I was like, ‘Do I not look like a girl?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, but you’re not one.'”
The Team 10 house is the home base for Paul’s social media influencer incubator.
People on Twitter showed up in support of Gibney and Raindrop. One Twitter user said, “Transphobia is something that affects people every day who are just trying to live their lives in the skin they are comfortable in.”
After Gibney posted on Instagram and YouTube about the incident, a Team 10 manager named Adam Quinn reached out and asked her to take down the video. Quinn did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot for comment, but texts shared with the Daily Dot show that Team 10 is threatening legal action against Gibney.
“We could’ve handled this like adults and actually worked together to help raise awareness for the community, but now it’s taken on a different spin since you opted to turn it into a defamatory opportunity for views based on a narrative you and I both know is not true,” Quinn said in a text on June 29.
LMAO ON BEHALF OF @lilahgibney PLEASE TEAM 10, SEND HER ANOTHER THREATENING LAWSUIT TEXT MESSAGE. PLEASE. I’LL PAY THE LAWYER FEES. FUCK UR BOXING RINGS LETS GO TO COURT BABY I KNOW THE LAW.— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) July 1, 2019
In an interview with the Daily Dot, Gibney said she would have posted about the incident regardless of who perpetuated it.
“Whether or not it was Team 10 or someone on the side of the street, no matter how much attention that person has on them, I still would have shared my story because it’s something that the trans community goes through daily,” Gibney said.
Gibney said Paul has not reached out to her, and he has not publicly commented on the situation.
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Katie Balevic is an editorial intern at the Daily Dot where she enjoys covering social justice issues and politics. Her previous work has appeared in the Daily Texan, the Victoria Advocate, and the Houston Defender.