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A few days after two transgender women said they were kicked out of Jake Paul’s Team 10 house and told they’re not “real girls,” Paul’s social media incubator group has released a statement saying it’s launching an investigation so “lessons are learned” and “accountability is placed.”
Lilah Gibney and Kendall Raindrop posted a YouTube video last weekend where they claimed a Team 10 editor named Blaine O’Roark kicked them out of Paul’s house.
A video clip shows that during the middle of their confrontation, O’Roark said, “I’m not being transphobic. How is it transphobic?”
“You literally just said (Gibney’s) not a girl,” Raindrop said.
“OK,” he said, “you are a girl.”
Later, O’Roark said, “I’m not trying to be disrespectful. I’m just being real… I was told girls were coming.”
“OK, good. Girls are here, period,” Raindrop said.
In their YouTube video, Gibney said, “It was embarrassing and degrading and disgusting and frustrating and sad.”
Team 10 released a statement on Tuesday that in part reads, “Jake Paul and Team 10 have continuously embraced the LGBTQ community with open arms and a commitment to use the brand’s substantial social media platforms to raise awareness and support for everyone within the LGBTQ community and beyond. There is simply no room whatsoever for ignorance on matters of sexual and gender identity.”
Team 10 also said it’s launching a full internal investigation so “misunderstandings like this never happen again.”
Gibney told the Daily Dot that a Team 10 manager apparently asked her to take down her YouTube video and threatened a lawsuit against her.
“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 told the Daily Dot.
She also wasn’t impressed with Team 10’s statement, tweeting, “Wait what is there to investigate??? video proof usually is enough babe! i wasn’t welcomed with ‘open arms’ but told [to] LEAVE. so grossed out & hurt that transphobia is being normalized & not talked about like [it’s] a real thing that transgender people deal with DAILY. period.”
wait what is there to investigate??? video proof usually is enough babe! i wasn’t welcomed with “open arms” but told you LEAVE. so grossed out & hurt that transphobia is being normalized & not talked about like its a real thing that transgender people deal with DAILY. period. pic.twitter.com/xLcRR7NPwR— lilah ❁ (@lilahgibney) July 3, 2019
Though Paul hasn’t directly commented on the matter, he tweeted on Monday that “its funny that time after time of ppl trying 2 cancel me or the ppl around me that there is ANY weight to it… since day 1 all my ‘controversies’ have been cleared & aired out publicly & they showed nothing but the fact that other parties were lying.. try again! ill be beachside.” It’s unclear if Paul was referring to Gibney and Raindrop.
In May, it was reported that multiple women were drugged during a party at the Team 10 house, though that was never officially confirmed. In January, Logan Paul, Jake’s older brother, faced controversy for joking that he would “go gay” for a month.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.