Cole & Savannah LaBrant Accused of Faking Wildfire Evacuation for Vlog
YouTube stars Cole and Savannah LaBrant are currently being criticized for allegedly faking a wildfire evacuation. Why would they do this, you may ask? Well, according to the people who believe they lied about needing to be evacuation, to get good content for their vlog channel.
The 22- and 25-year-olds posted a video to their YT channel on August 13 titled “WE LEFT OUR HOUSE BECAUSE OF FIRES IN CALIFORNIA” (see above) in which they explain that the Holy Fire was burning close to their home in California and they were ordered to evacuate to safety.
“Savannah texted me saying that there’s a huge fire right by our house, and we might need to evacuate,” Cole explains in the vid before cutting to news footage of the disaster. He later adds, “I think it’s, like, four miles away. And we just got an evacuation thing.”
Cole and Savannah quickly picked up 5-year-old daughter Everleigh Soutas, whose “number one fear is fires,” from her grandmother’s house and started the 8-hour drive to San Francisco, California.
As you can probably imagine, this is an incredibly scary situation, as the wildfire has already burned over 22,000 acres and destroyed more than 20 structures. But wait just a second. The LaBrant family lives in a Southern California town called Ladera Ranch, which, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group website, is NOT one of the cities that implemented a mandatory evacuation.
Neighbors of the couple tell Fox 11 that they were never told to evacuate and they feel the YouTubers are exploiting this situation for views.
“I just think it’s really sad they would exploit a situation that’s as serious as a fire that so many people were evacuated just so they could get more likes or more hits on their channel,” one person says.
Lemme map this out for you guys 🙂 the blue circle is where cole and sav live and the rest u can figure it out yourself pic.twitter.com/4ldtjZEkmF
— sammy misky (@sammymisky) August 17, 2018
It’s important to note, however, that Savannah is pregnant, so it’s possible that she and her husband are being extra cautious to prevent any health issues.
Neither YouTuber has directly responded to the criticism, but Sav did retweet something about loving “those who hate you.”
“Killing them with kindness” is ALWAYS the right way to go. Go out of your way to love those who hate you.
— LINDSEY LEZON (@lindseylezon) August 23, 2018