Gabbie Hanna posted a TikTok suggesting indulging in hobbies can help ‘overcome’ depression.
She was slammed by subscribers and other YouTubers who accused her of being “deaf”.
Hanna responded by telling people to learn to knit instead of hanging out on TikTok.
Controversial YouTuber Gabbie Hanna has come under fire for posting a TikTok on April 1 in which she said practicing “hobbies” could help people “overcome” depression.
Hanna, who has 7.3 million followers on TikTok, told viewers that if they chose a hobby like jet-skiing, they would “never be sad again”.
In the video, which has 70,000 views, Hanna said, “Listen, this advice is about to change your life. This advice isn’t just about overcoming depression. It’s going to make you want to wake up every day. days.”
She said depressed people should have multiple hobbies, adding that she saw a man making a rug on TikTok and it made her want to start a rug-making studio to cheer him up.
“You’re sitting there depressed. You’ve never been on a jet ski, and you want to? You’ve got nothing to live for. You’ve never hopped on a plane. You’re sitting there like, ‘ I don’t want to live”, and you’ve never done parasailing and you want to do parasailing? Go parasailing,” she said.
Many commenters under Hanna’s video criticized the YouTuber for recommending such expensive hobbies, to which Hanna responded for some.
“I would love ‘to have a hobby’ but sadly I have to ‘pay my bills’ and work 16 hour days,” said a comment with 165 likes. Hanna replied: ‘Damn sis you have time to watch and comment on TikToks but can’t learn an instrument or how to knit? It’s your choice my friend.”
Another comment with 21 likes said, “Would be great advice if everyone had unlimited funds to do these fun things,” and Hanna replied, “You don’t need unlimited funds to have a hobby.”
Over the past week, the controversy has become widespread as various YouTube drama channels, which often comment on influencer controversies, made videos echoing the sentiment that his TikTok was “privileged” and “deaf” towards de many people who might not be able to. to afford equipment for sports or leisure activities, and wrongly to imply that hobbies can cure depression.
According to an article in The Conversation by Ciara McCabe, associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Reading, having a hobby can “improve” mental health and well-being, even for people with clinical depression. However, she also recommends seeking advice from a therapist or doctor to find the best treatment for the individual.
Hanna has spoken about mental health many times in the past. In April 2021, she appeared on the ‘Check Your Head’ podcast, discussing the negative comments she’s been receiving, which she says made her think she was ‘crazy’ and caused her to take a break. temporary social networks.
Hanna rose to fame on the now defunct shorthand video platform Vine in 2013. She then became an original member of David Dobrik’s YouTube collective, the Vlog Squad, and started her own YouTube channel, which grew to 5 .3 million subscribers. and featured comedy and skit videos. She has also published original music and two books of poetry. Over the past year, Hanna has started posting more frequently on TikTok, filming singing videos and regular life updates.
The 31-year-old has been embroiled in various controversies in recent years. In July 2020, she was criticized by various drama channels for showing an image of a dead teenager in a YouTube video. Hanna said in a tweet that she had contacted the mother of the murdered teenager and apologized to her personally. She has also publicly feuded with other influencers, including Trisha Paytas and her former friend Jessi Smiles.
Gabbie Hanna did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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