After months on hiatus, David Dobrik posts a vlog with only vague mentions of controversies

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David Dobrik attends the 2020 American Music Awards on November 22, 2020

  • David Dobrik took a social media break in March following Vlog Squad sexual assault allegation.
  • Dobrik posted his first vlog since then on Tuesday.
  • The vlog only made subtle mention of the controversies.
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After months away, David Dobrik posted a vlog on Tuesday that only vaguely gave mention to the controversies that led to his hiatus.

Dobrik said he was taking a serious break from social media on March 23 following Vlog Squad sexual assault allegations.

The apology came after Insider’s Kat Tenbarge reported that a woman featured on Dobrik’s YouTube channel said she was raped by Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis, aka Durte Dom, in 2018 on the night they filmed a video about group sex.

The woman said she was given alcohol by Vlog Squad members and blacked out from intoxication and was unable to give consent.

In his apology, Dobrik said he was taking the time to be able to establish structures that enable checks and balances and can help people feel comfortable and express discomfort.

“It doesn’t feel right to go back to posting like I have been and it also doesn’t feel right to go dark because I love what I do but I think it is important to show that change is possible and that I’m learning maybe even forgiveness is possible,” Dobrik said. “I want to use this opportunity to step up and own my mistakes.”

He made no mention of the sexual assault allegation or of others that have surfaced since then in his new vlog.

The controversies were briefly and vaguely mentioned at the beginning by Jason Nash and his mom.

“I’ve been worried about you. I’m on Xanax because of you,” Nash’s mom says in the video.

The video also features Jeff Wittek, who had previously said he was injured by Dobrik while shooting a stunt for a vlog.

Wittek said he injured his eye while swinging from an excavator being controlled by Dobrik last year.

In the recent vlog, Witteck appears to allude to the controversy. While talking to Dobrik in a car, Witteck takes what seems to be a fake phone call: “Hold off the lawsuit,” Wittek says. “Yeah, he’s got it. He’s doing something.”

Dobrik laughs at the exchange.

The rest of the vlog shows a car that’s a replica of a toy wagon that Dobrik had purchased and references Corinna Kopf’s OnlyFans earnings,

Dobrik also gifts his friends with a trip to Hawaii and vlogs the trip. After a grasshopper lands on several of the squad members and Nick Antonyan, better known as “Jonah,” freaks out, eventually removing all of his clothes.

“Dude, how are you this scared of grasshoppers,” Dobrik asks him.

“Dude, that wasn’t a grasshopper bro. That was a leopard or some weird sh–t,” Jonah says.

The vlog ends with a road trip, where Jonah vomits after reportedly eating a large amount of McDonald’s.

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The family behind ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ sold the original viral video as an NFT for over $760,000

Screenshot from the "Charlie Bit My Finger" video
Screenshot from the “Charlie Bit My Finger” video

  • The original “Charlie Bit My Finger” video was uploaded in 2007 and was seen over 882 million times.
  • The family auctioned the original video as an NFT and it sold for over $760,000.
  • The original video will be taken down from YouTube after the sale was final, as promised.
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The family behind the early viral hit, “Charlie Bit My Finger,” auctioned the original video as a non-fungible token (NFT) and it sold for over $760,000.

In the video, the two brothers are seen playing together on the couch when Harry Davies-Carr, who was three years old, playfully puts his finger in the mouth of one-year-old Charlie Davies-Carr. Harry laughed and said the famous line, “Charlie bit me!”

The 2007 video had been viewed over 882 million times on YouTube, and the family vowed to delete the video from the social platform after the sale was final. The auction started on Saturday – which marked the 14th anniversary of when the video was uploaded – and ended on Sunday.

The sale of the video marks yet another early content creator breaking into the NFT space and profiting off the early viral videos. The people behind viral videos and memes including the “Leave Britney Alone,” “David After Dentist,” the “Disaster Girl” meme, and the Nyan Cat meme have all sold the original files of their viral content as NFTs – with some making as much as half a million dollars.

Harry, now 17, told Insider through email on Friday that the family is working with Original Protocol – a digital marketplace for NFTs because they offered them a “personalized auction” that is dedicated to the sale of their one NFT which was hosted on This is a change from the popular websites like Rarible and Foundation that other viral creators have used.

On the website, the family wrote that the winner of the auction will get to film their own version of the parody with Harry and Charlie, who is now 15.

Harry told Insider that the family did so because they “wanted to commit to the whole evolving ethos of NFT” and “give it a new life.”

The boys’ father, Howard, who recorded the viral video, told Insider they did benefit from the YouTube Partner Program after it launched in 2008. The program, which allows content creators to monetize their videos using ads, is still in use today by many content creators. “Our family did benefit financially and this really allowed us to provide the boys with a great start to their lives,” he told Insider.

However, they went into this auction with no expectations except with a commitment to meeting up with the winner and offsetting the environmental costs that have worried many cryptocurrency critics.

According to the Verge, “Individual pieces of crypto art, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), are at least partially responsible for the millions of tons of planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions generated by the cryptocurrencies used to buy and sell them.”

To help, the family said they will be donating to “carbon offset costs of mining bitcoins before we even worry about having anything left over.” Whatever is left will be put towards the boys’ education, “which will hopefully include universities,” Harry told Insider.

The boys’ father said they understood that the future of content sharing is changing and wanted to change the way they engaged with their audience. He told Insider, “NFTs allow us to engage with the fans in a different way.”

Charlie added that they wanted to “be at the beginning of this new platform just like we were with YouTube.”

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