- David Dobrik’s empire dissolved in 2021 after a member of the Vlog Squad was accused of rape.
- One of Dobrik’s podcasts in 2018 contained a warning about “bad press”.
- Co-host Jason Nash said bad press doesn’t exist “unless you rape someone”.
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After YouTuber David Dobrik and his Vlog team fell out of favor following a rape allegation against one of the band members, a podcast clip resurfaced, strangely prescient.
Three years before his own career-defining scandal erupted, Dobrik sat down for a routine episode of his “Views” podcast with co-host Jason Nash, a member of the Vlog Squad. The two discussed YouTuber Logan Paul’s 2018 media debacle, which led to his YouTube channel being temporarily demonetized after he said he filmed a corpse in the “suicide forest” of Japan.
Dobrik and Nash opened up about the fallout from Paul’s vlog, with Nash predicting that the backlash would not hurt Paul’s career in the long run: “Nobody ever goes down, like, nobody. Or murder someone, everyone. comes back. There’s no bad press, ”Nash said.
In retrospect, Nash’s comments would foreshadow the rape allegations that brought down Dobrik’s business empire. In March 2021, Insider published investigation which included an anonymous woman accusing Dom Zeglaitis, known as “Durte Dom” in Dobrik’s Vlog Squad videos, of raping her when she was too drunk to consent. Footage of Zeglaitis leading the woman to her bedroom appeared in a vlog on Dobrik’s channel – less than a year after recording the episode “Views” with Nash.
Not only did Nash advertise the nature of the “bad press” that led YouTube to temporarily demonetize Dobrik’s own channel, he also seemed to accurately predict Paul’s return. In part of the discussion, Nash said the YouTube hit would only make her career bigger in the long run. In May, this proved to be correct. Paul’s net worth, number of followers and real impact have only grown. Data analyzed by Insider showed consistent growth on Paul’s chain. Now Paul is co-hosting a successful podcast and is ready to fight Floyd Mayweather as part of his lucrative boxing career.
—Def Noodles (@defnoodles) May 9, 2021
For now, it remains to be seen whether the second half of Nash’s prediction – that a career might not survive rape allegations – will come true for Dobrik, who is resisting the fallout from the allegations against Zeglaitis.
Dobrik has now weathered two major scandals
A TikTok that resurfaced Nash’s comments from the 2018 episode “Views” also juxtaposed them with Dobrik’s latest scandal involving a stunt gone awry.
In April, Vlog Squad member Jeff Wittek posted a video saying he was injured by heavy machinery operated by Dobrik. Wittek said he was holding a crane that Dobrik swung in the middle of a lake when he crashed into the side of the machine, causing traumatic brain injury.
Wittek has since posted a lucrative documentary series on YouTube about his injury titled “Don’t Try This At Home.” Dobrik is on hiatus on the internet as audiences react to Vlog Squad’s uncovered story