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Influencer Brittany Dawn Sued By Texas For Alleged Fraudulent Fitness Program

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The lawsuit claims that her health plans were not individualized to each customer as promised. 


State of Texas Sues Brittany Dawn

Fitness and Christianity influencer Brittany Dawn Davis is being sued by the state of Texas for allegedly selling sham custom nutrition plans to her followers.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed the lawsuit earlier this month, but the Dallas-based influencer has been accused of scamming her followers for years. A Change.Org petition demanding she be held accountable for her alleged schemes was started three years ago and has garnered nearly 16,000 signatures. She apologized in a now-deleted YouTube video in 2019 and has since rebranded from a wellness focus to religion. 

According to the lawsuit, which was shared by NBC Fort Worth, Davis began selling custom nutrition and fitness plans in 2014. Packages ranged from $92 for a one-time consultation to $300 for three months of personalized dieting and coaching. Despite the promise of personalization, the state of Texas alleges the “online nutrition and fitness plans delivered to consumers were not individualized.”

The lawsuit also claims that she failed to deliver coaching and check-ins while largely ignoring complaints from customers.

Davis has nearly one million TikTok followers, over 400,000 Instagram followers, and roughly 250,000 subscribers on YouTube. Her followers are primarily women interested in her faith-based lifestyle. 

By 2019, Davis’ followers and customers began raising concerns that her customized package offerings were misleading, which prompted her YouTube apology. The suit alleges that many customers discovered their “individualized” health plans were the same because they were all given access to a “Team Brittany Dawn” Facebook group where they discussed their regimens. 

Some claimed that their plans posed health concerns, as they did not provide enough caloric intake based on their bodies, heights, weights, and activity levels. One person said they “almost passed out from inadequate nutrition.”

Scheme Allegedly Impacted People Struggling With Eating Disorders

The lawsuit also specifically accuses Davis of misleading people who turned to her custom plans for assistance while struggling with eating disorders. Davis was open on social media about her personal journey overcoming an eating disorder through exercise and healthy eating. In posts discussing her story, she would link to her packages, prompting some customers to think she was specifically trained to address eating disorders. 

“The main reason I chose her out of all the coaches out there was specifically that she advertised herself as an ‘eating disorder soldier,’’ one customer cited in the suit said. “It was incredibly important to me that the person I chose to coach me had an idea of what it was like to deal with an eating disorder.”

That customer noted that prior to seeking this plan, she had battled anorexia. At her worst, she weighed under 80 pounds. 

Another customer claimed when they contacted Davis, they wrote that they “truly need guidance” because they had an eating disorder, poor body image, and were underweight. Davis allegedly responded with a message saying, “Great! Welcome to the #TeamBrittanyDawn Family.”

While Davis has denied accepting customers with eating disorders, the lawsuit claims that at least 14 consumers who sought refunds had mentioned eating disorders in their complaints. 

“By means of these unlawful acts and practices, [Davis] obtained money or property from consumers who are entitled to restitution, or in the alternative, have caused actual damages to identifiable persons who are entitled to compensation,” the suit states. 

It is seeking a jury trial and penalties between $250,000 and $1,000,000. Davis has not publicly discussed the lawsuit since it was filed. 

Followers Concerned About Pivot to Christianity

Davis’ followers have other concerns about her content, however. Several told BuzzFeed News in a piece published Tuesday that they believe she chose to rebrand to Christian content in an attempt to distract from her fitness controversies. 

“If she were truly repentant, she would be facing the things that she has done, and this would be her witness,” one follower told the outlet. “She is not immune because she belongs to Jesus. If anything, she should be held more accountable.”

Some are also worried that her fraudulent practices are continuing with her religious focus. Davis is has been hosting Christian retreats, including an upcoming one-day event in April that costs $125. She previously hosted a three-day conference for $600, which included speakers, lodging, and baptisms. Because her religious and education credentials are unclear, some believe these are hefty price tags. 

“I feel like she is still scamming and taking advantage of vulnerable women,” another follower told BuzzFeed News. “She’s basically charging women money to be baptized, which is absolutely disgraceful. Jesus already paid the price for our salvation, and she’s making a profit out of it.”

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Twitch Faces Backlash After Booking Megan Thee Stallion At TwitchCon Amid Creator Pay Cuts

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The cut in revenue share has ignited severe backlash on Twitch, where users argue pay for creators should be increased, not slashed. 


Revenue Share Shake Up

Twitch users are criticizing the company for hiring artist Megan Thee Stallion to perform at TwitchCon just one week after announcing cutbacks to top creator pay.

Last week, the video and streaming platform said that starting in June of next year, some creators will receive less revenue from their subscriptions. While the standard split for subscription revenue is 50/50, some major streamers previously received a more favorable 70/30 share in premium agreement terms. 

Many creators have long argued that everyone should get that 70/30 share, but Twitch took a step in the opposite direction. In the future, streamers with premium terms will only get the 70/30 slice for their first $100,000 from subscription revenue. After that, they will get bumped down to the regular 50/50 cut. 

The company argued the move was necessary as the premium terms previously lacked transparency and consistency, insisting it tried to modify the policy in a way that impacted the least amount of creators. According to Twitch’s statement, 90% of streamers on standard agreements will not even be impacted by the change.

Still, this move outraged Twitch users who were furious the company was not investing more in the creators that bring so many viewers to its platform. Those frustrations were exacerbated on Wednesday when the company announced Megan Thee Stallion would make an appearance at TwitchCon, a weekend-long event set to take place in San Diego in early October. 

Backlash Continues to Mount

While no details of Megan Thee Stallion’s agreement to perform have been disclosed, one can assume she charges a pretty penny to book at an event of this nature. Critics argued that if Twitch is willing to spend money on her, it should be willing to spend it on its own streamers. 

“So Twitch can’t afford to pay their creators 70/30, can’t fix their media player that crashes after each ad, can’t enforce their policies so people aren’t doing inappropriate things on stream, but they can afford paying celebrities to promote their streaming site?” one person wrote. 

“It’s weird that a company that just announced a bunch of budget cuts due to infrastructure costs goes out and grabs an A-list musician instead of promoting their own musicians that run on their platform,” another person claimed.

“Instead of giving your creators a cut they deserve when they do so much work, this is what you do…?” one user asked. “Maybe give your creators a better deal instead of wasting their hard earned money on things we don’t even want.”

Twitch has not responded to the outrage, but Megan Thee Stallion was not the only music act the Amazon-owned service booked for the event. Kim Petras and Meet Me at the Altar will also take the stage at TwitchCon. 

The backlash comes as concerns have been mounting against Twitch for a plethora of reasons including creator pay, gambling streams, and more. 

In recent months, some of the platform’s biggest names have left Twitch in favor of rival services like YouTube Gaming. 

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“Dahmer” Series Breaks Netflix Records Amid Backlash For Exploiting Victims’ Stories

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Family members of some of the murderer’s victims say the program is “retraumatizing.”


“Dahmer” Lands Successful Week on Netflix

While criticisms mount against “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” the true crime series broke Netflix’s record as the most-watched first week for a series debut.

According to data provided by the streaming giant, the Evan Peters-led show was watched for over 196 million hours between its release on Sept. 21 and Sept. 25.

“Dahmer” is the newest of several pieces of fiction and media based on the famous serial killer. Created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series quickly generated a lot of attention online, primarily from those concerned the show is exploiting a gruesome true story. 

Critics have echoed those fears, giving the show a mixed 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The “Critic’s Consensus” blurb on the site states that while the show is “seemingly self-aware of the peril in glorifying Jeffrey Dahmer” the story still “tilts this horror story into the realm of queasy exploitation.”

Victims’ Families Speak Out

The family of Errol Lindsey, one of Dahmer’s victims, has also spoken out against the series. In a viral tweet, Lindsey’s cousin Eric Perry said his family is “pissed about the show.”

“It’s retraumatizing over and over again, and for what?” he wrote. “How many movies/shows/documentaries do we need?”

In much of the promotion for the series, Netflix claimed it would be told from the perspective of the victims. Perry slammed that narrative, noting that his family was never even contacted by the streamer about the project.

“So when they say they’re doing this ‘with respect to the victims’ or ‘honoring the dignity of the families’, no one contacts them,” he wrote. “My cousins wake up every few months at this point with a bunch of calls and messages and they know there’s another Dahmer show. It’s cruel.”

Lindsey’s sister, Rita Isbell, echoed that claim in an essay she wrote for Insider, noting that Netflix did not notify her of the show, or ask her any questions about her brother. 

She said that watching the show “felt like reliving it all over again.”

“It brought back all the emotions I was feeling back then,” she wrote. 

“It’s sad that they’re just making money off of this tragedy. That’s just greed,” she continued. 

Obsession With Dahmer

Controversy has also grown from some of the responses to the series, as many viewers have posted fan edits of the show that romanticize Dahmer. Some pair clips of Peters’ Dahmer with his victims to love songs or pop ballads, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who do not understand why someone would make content glorifying the killer. 

Others have responded to the show by calling Dahmer “hot” or posting thirst tweets about his mug shot. This has resulted in a backlash of its own. 

“Jeffrey Dahmer molested and murdered people, mostly black men and boys,” one person wrote. “So to see people making edits and thirst traps of him is a little off putting.”

“if I see anyone tweeting thirst tweets about Jeffrey Dahmer I’m immediately unfollowing,” another person said. “That’s so fuckin nasty.”

Concerns that this kind of media results in more people admiring Dahmer are also mounting in Milwaukee, where many of his crimes took place. According to TMZ, the city is considering creating something to honor the victims, but officials fear a physical memorial would turn into a “mecca” for Dahmer’s fans. 

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YouTube Removes Age Restriction From Nicki Minaj Video After Singer Calls Company a “Bogus Platform”

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Even though her video can now be viewed by all YouTuber users, Minaj made it clear she was upset that the age-gate tanked its view count in the first 24 hours.


Nicki Minaj Vs. YouTube

Nicki Minaj called out YouTube on Monday after the platform age-restricted her new music video for “Likkle Miss Remix” featuring Skeng. 

By age-restricting a video, YouTube blocks users who are under 18 or not logged into a Google account from viewing the content. 

Minaj’s video features close-up shots of people in skimpy outfits twerking, but several videos on YouTube with similar imagery have not been gated. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” video is available for everyone, as is Minaj’s own “Anaconda” video. 

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Minaj accused YouTube of being inconsistent and playing favorites. 

“They restricted my fucking video but have things a million fucking times worse on their BOGUS FKNG PLATFORM,” she wrote in a post that included a screenshot of YouTube’s age-restriction notice. “This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for another ppl and posting fake fkng stats. Because the same ppl who run YouTube are in bed with a certain record label and mngmnt company.”

Minaj further alleged that YouTube’s actions were done to prevent her from getting a significant number of views in the video’s first 24 hours, which is often the most crucial timeframe for a video’s success. She continued to assert that the Google-owned company has a bias toward certain music labels.

YouTube Walks Back Restriction

“How long have yall been playing the numbers game to lie & pretend ppl r doing ‘good’ when they r not?!?!!” Minaj continued in another post. “How much ad space did these duds purchase to be promoted on my channel in the last 5 years?!??!!!!”

Later on Monday, YouTube removed the restriction from Minaj’s video, per Variety. The company said the content in it did not violate its rules and guidelines. 

While Minaj ended up deleting her Instagram posts calling YouTube out, she made it clear she was still frustrated by the debacle. 

“FUCK THEM DUDS,” she tweeted. “THEY CANT GIVE US BACK OUR FIRST 24 HOURS CAN THEY?!?!!!”

As of Monday afternoon, her video had been viewed over one million times.

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