Lindsay Ellis, who got cancelled earlier this year, has announced that she has quit YouTube and other content channels.

The YouTuber made her announcement via a Twitter post on Monday, December 27th.

Who is Lindsay Ellis?

Lindsay Ellis is a content creator and YouTuber.

She has over 1 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform where she uploads video essays and other nondescript content, as described by her.

“Enjoy these hottest of takes on Disney, Transformers, and Musicals. All hail the Algorithm,” her YouTube bio adds.

She has amassed 317k followers on Twitter and also shares content on Patreon.

Why has she quit YouTube?

Lindsay has confirmed that she has quit YouTube and other content on Monday (December 27th).

The YouTuber got ‘cancelled’ in March 2021 after she shared her thoughts about Raya and the Last Dragon and Avatar: The Last Airbender in a tweet, which led to mixed reactions on social media.

In a since-deleted tweet, she wrote: “Also watched Raya and the Last Dragon and I think we need to come up with a name for this genre that is basically Avatar: the Last Airbender reduxes. It’s like half of all YA fantasy published in the last few years anyway.”

Lindsay tried to justify her tweet in another post after backlash from users, writing at the time: “I can see where if you squint I was implying all Asian-inspired properties are the same, especially if you were already privy to those conversations where I had not seen them. But the basic framework of TLA is becoming popular in fantasy fiction outside of Asian inspired stuff.” However, her post led to more backlash from social media users which got her ‘cancelled’.

Following the drama, Lindsay apologised in a 40-minute YouTube video titled ‘Mask Off’ in which she addressed how the word ‘cancelled’ originated, and how netizens have given rise to the ideology of “Twitter villain of the day.”

Nine months later, the YouTuber has announced her decision to quit all content in a lengthy Patreon essay. Lindsay wrote that her initial plan was to make a brief announcement in a tweet but she felt she needed to come forward with a statement since she has subscribers who pay for her content.

In her essay, Lindsay wrote that having a career in the public eye is a “losing game” and that her tweets and apology have ‘backfired’ at her many times. She added that all of this led to her decision to “remove” herself from the online conversation.

A lot of Lindsay’s followers have noted that the backlash she’d received for months have led to her decision to exit social media.

Social media reacts to YouTuber’s exit

Many Twitter users have shared their thoughts over Lindsay’s decision to quit social media, addressing the cancel culture and the consequences of it.

“The whole Lindsay Ellis thing is a great reminder that we need to admit cancel culture DOES exist. It just only functions against people without power to begin with, usually on the left. We’re tearing each other apart out of performative righteousness and it’s hurting people,” tweeted one person.

Another one wrote: “A lot of peoples reactions to Lindsay Ellis quitting YouTube are why she quit YouTube. Y’all are insane and you will never learn until it happens to you.”

“Lindsay Ellis quit? That is a very upsetting thing to wake up to. I loved her work. Her being harassed until the breaking point is AWFUL,” someone else wrote to which another user reacted: “I’m grateful for the work she has done and hope she finds some peace. Perhaps some time away will rekindle her energy, or perhaps what’s right for her is to stay away, but I hope she finds the right answer.”

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