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On Sept. 10, YouTuber David Dobrik did what he often does: He posted a YouTube video for his nearly 14 million subscribers. It even began trending the very next day, a pretty standard response for Dobrik, who is the leader of the popular group “Vlog Squad,” which is known for posting hilarious and popular content.
There was only one problem: The video featured a plane crash skit. A plane crash gag, posted a day before 9/11, and trended on 9/11 is obviously not a good look.
The video was not received well.
“Please tell me someone watched @DavidDobrik’s video he posted last night and felt it was insensitive and disgusting to do the night before the anniversary of 9/11?” Twitter user @kimberlycg questioned.
Please tell me someone watched @DavidDobrik s video he posted last night and felt it was insensitive and disgusting to do the night before the anniversary of 9/11?— Kimberly Gough (@kimberlycg) September 11, 2019
Anyone else find it shitty that @DavidDobrik had a sketch about a plane going down the day before 9/11 🤔🤔— Angelo C. Mincey™ (@acmincey) September 11, 2019
Pretty bold of @DavidDobrik to upload a plane crashing sketch on 9/11 lol.— FELIXX (@azkodi95) September 11, 2019
did anyone else notice david dobrik did a plane crash skit in his vlog posted the day before 9/11— boobie (@CooCooCaCaCacia) September 11, 2019
Apparently Jason Nash, a member of the Vlog Squad, was also featured in the video.
@DavidDobrik is known for doing a lot of crazy things, but I cannot believe the bad taste of uploading a vlog the night before 9/11 and including a bunch of jokes about their plane crashing. @jasonnash you are 45 years old, you should know better. 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ so disappointed in ya’ll.— Marie (@marieschepp) September 11, 2019
In the midst of the backlash, Dobrik made the video private, leading those who didn’t see it to ask questions on Twitter.
“Why has @DavidDobrik’s latest video (one with airplane seats) been made private?” one user asked. “He deleted it bc he did a bit where they were joking about a plane crashing and today’s 9/11 and ppl (myself included) weren’t too happy with it,” another responded.
he deleted it bc he did a bit where they were joking about a plane crashing and today’s 9/11 and ppl (myself included) weren’t too happy with it— Gracie ☁️ (@minhoneyboi) September 11, 2019
Dobrik has not publicly addressed the video and did not respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment by the time of publication.
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.