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Teen influencer shuts down TikTok after viewers accuse mother of exploitation

Popular TikToker teen Roselie Arritola, aka Jenny Popach, has disappeared from the platform after posting a video of her brother “opening” Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” movie. The video shows Popach, 15, wearing wrapping paper; Her brother pulled the paper to reveal Popach’s swimsuit.

After a wave of controversy and allegations of parental abuse, Popach’s unboxing video was removed along with the rest of her account. It’s unclear if TikTok deleted the account or she deleted it herself. (TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

Popach, who also followed Depophatesyou and That Girl Maria, Yes nearly 6 million followers. Seventeen reported last summer that Popach and her mother, Maria Ulacia, had broken into the Hype House content hub and subsequently founded their own home, Blok LA.

Although her account is about to go dark, Popach’s duets and snippets are still online. In response to the opening video, a December duet from @mimismusings said: “It was horrible.”

“How can a mother let a 14-year-old post this with her brother?” TikToker wrote in the overlay text of the video.

Another TikToker said that many of Popach’s videos “violate TikTok’s adult nudity and sexual activity guidelines”. TikTok’s Community Guidelines ban “Sexual exploitative content,” which the platform defines as “any abuse of a position of power or trust for sexual purposes, including financial, social, sexual or political gain.” treat”.

“This is normal for college-age kids,” TikToker @ thegreatlondini.com said in a TikTok about another Popach video showing her touching objects in the nativity scene. “But Jenny just turned 15”

Popach’s father and mother were fired on the platform for months. A quick search for “Jenny Popach” on TikTok shows teen safety videos in question. Similar to #FreeBritney Movement, TikTokers analyzed Popach’s video for danger signs or cries for help from teenagers.

“This is a video of Jenny asking for help,” TikToker @bylooi wrote in a December video. TikTok shows Popach says a word that @bylooi considers “help”.

The hashtag #JusticeforJenny, which has more than 525,000 views, includes videos of Popach. One post alleged that her mother was “making her weird videos”. Another user, @justiceformaria, accused Ulacia of “pushing” her daughter and touching Popach’s breasts in a now-deleted video.

“She’s definitely being taken advantage of by her mother,” one user commented on @mimismusings’ video. “Her whole channel is so much trouble.”

However, there is no evidence, just circulating speculation, that Ulacia is directing Popach content that appears sexually suggestive.

Neither Popach nor Ulacia responded to Daily Dot’s request for comment via email. @mimismusisings did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s question via TikTok comment.

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* First published: January 7, 2022, 12:13 pm CST

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is a journalist and comedian based in New York City. She is studying at Columbia School of Journalism and is a regular contributor to the Daily Dot. Previously, she wrote for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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