Zoella Under Fire for Using GIF of Bill Cosby to Compliment Her Best Friend
Zoe Sugg and Tanya Burr have been best friends for a super long time. The girls basically grew up on YouTube together, and now that they’ve both achieved mega-success, they’re sure to always support each other both publicly and privately NMW. The 28-year-old recently added more products to her cosmetics line, and Zoella was feeling one highlighter in particular. She took to Twitter to express her love, but ended up facing some serious backlash.
“Excuse me @TanyaBurr but I am OBSESSED with your pink illuminating powder,” she wrote.
The YouTuber’s words were not the problem, though — the issue was that she included a GIF of Bill Cosby, a man who was accused of raping and sexually assaulting multiple women over the course of many years.
Fans quickly called her image choice out, explaining how distasteful it was to use a GIF of an accused sexual predator in a lighthearted manner.
Extremely bad taste to post this Zoe, Bill Cosby sexually abused children
— Darren (@Darren93499669) August 15, 2017
Isn't that Bill Cosby?? As in sexual predator Bill Cosby??
— Sophieeee (@dEaDiNsIdEoX) August 15, 2017
okay but really? bill cosby?
— sol (@carltontekira) August 15, 2017
you do realise this guy is bill cosby, a rapist
— Matthew Davies (@8BitStarFox) August 15, 2017
Maybe don't say that about a gif featuring a sexual predator and rapist?
— Lucy (@LucyAnne44) August 15, 2017
When Zoe realized her mistake, she deleted the tweet and told everyone that she wasn’t aware of Bill Cosby’s past.
“Thanks for letting me know about that GIF guys, I wasn’t aware of him. Maybe Twitter should remove that from the ‘makeup’ drop down…”
The 27-year-old then re-posted her original complimentary tweet, replacing the GIF of the actor with a GIF of Miranda Sings.
— Zoë (@Zoella) August 15, 2017
You live and you learn, we guess.