The TikTok personality collection have continued to ruffle the feathers of social media users with their controversial decisions yet again. Despite the scrutiny they have been under over the past few months, they are facing even more major backlash for deciding to collaborate with controversial rapper, Daniel Hernandez, better known as his stage name: Tekashi Six Nine.
It’s the fact that the hype house made videos with 6ix9ine (the r*pist) and are continuing to make videos and not apologize and pretend it didn’t happen ….who gave them a platform
— carrot (@caroline_tiff) September 11, 2020
Twitter and TikTok have not stopped talking about this collaboration since it was originally revealed. Creator and manager of The Hype House, Thomas Petrou, raised eyebrows this week when he decided to surprise influencers of The Hype House with a special visit from Tekashi Six Nine. This led to speculation that the popular influencers took part in this scheme to help him promote his recently released album TattleTales.
IM LAUGHING 6ix 9ine and his album were flopping first week so the label decided to go to the hype house to promote his music but the whole hype house deleted their tik toks with him cause they were getting sm hate 😭😭
— odessa (@cruelxkarma) September 11, 2020
This is yet another controversial decision for members of The Hype House as well as manager Thomas Petrou. Due to Tekashi Six Nine’s problematic past, many music fans, celebrities and other influencers have steered clear of both him and his releases. Back in 2015, Tekashi made headlines when he plead guilty to a sex crime involving a minor and recently, he was also arrested on charges related to firearms and racketeering.
y’all now i KNOW the hype house boys aren’t that desperate for clout that they’re all gonna collab w 6ix9ine :/ dap dap dap
— the empress (@rebeccaclancey) September 9, 2020
The “TROLLZ” rapper previously admitted to also beating up his girlfriend and has caused debate for using the n-word in his songs.
@6ix9ine STOP SAYING THE N-WORD.
— immaculate. ᴺᴹ (@trayseasick) September 5, 2020
The controversy and contention revolving around Tekashi Six Nine has been going on for years now. And many believe that this is not the last time we will hear bad news about the hip-hop star.
not thomas petrou letting 6ix9ine be in the hype house when it's full of minors
— cristina,, (@talkfastmuke) September 8, 2020
While at The Hype House, he took part in creating some TikToks with a few of the Hype House members. These members include Tayler Holder, Olivia Ponton and Ondrez Lopez.
Tayler and Olivia decided to post the TikToks created to their personal pages and even featured songs of Tekashi Six Nine’s while Ondrez was featured on Six Nine’s account. Since the videos were posted, Tayler Holder, Olivia Ponton and Ondrez Lopez have all deleted them from their accounts. However, none of the influencers have taken responsibility or apologized for their actions yet.
NOT OLIVIA PONTON MAKING A TIKTOK WITH 6IX9INE OH MY GOD I AM DONE
— S (@eemmaachambie) September 9, 2020
It is BEYOND me that Olivia Ponton ( @iamoliviaponton ) , a TikTok creator who is already very disliked, would make a video with a pedophile and non-Black person who uses the n-word, 6ix9ine.
Additional proof: pic.twitter.com/StdXv8rl3s
— Zaria Oates~ (@OatesZaria) September 9, 2020
In an interview with HollywoodFix, Tayler Holder said that the rapper was “dope” and “really genuine.” He continued to explain that he was a really nice guy and that he posted content from the visit. Holder also said that he didn’t think that collaborating with Six Nine was a “bad look” for the house.
Many fans and other TikTok stars have openly disagreed with this decision on social media. Other influencers went as far as calling out The Hype House.
ofc the hype house supports 6ix9ine
— caleb finn 💧 (@ccalebfinn) September 9, 2020
Some pointed out the fact that there are young girls at The Hype House and this was not a great idea based on Six Nine’s criminal history.
not the hype house inviting over 6ix9ine… aren't there underage girls there? /s
— barbie (@jaewise) September 9, 2020
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that celebrities have looked past the rapper’s controversial past and decided to work with him. Other influencers, such as Logan Paul and NELK, have created content with him as well.
Never forget that nobody in rap would interview 6ix9ine so he did a YouTuber press tour pic.twitter.com/rMQ0CfULvW
— adam22 (@adam22) September 8, 2020
The Hype House and many influencers in general have a very young audience and following on social media. The criticism of them working with an ex-convict and also not wearing masks during their content with Tekashi Six Nine has caused an uproar online.
out of alllll the people in the world, the hype house chooses to collab with 6IX9INE??? BRUH.
— the truth luv (@thetruthluv1) September 10, 2020
Thomas Petrou’s Youtube video and vlog featuring the rapper remains online. Top comments on the video call Hernandez a “predator,” “pedophile” and “abusive.”
Currently, Tekashi Six Nine is halfway through a four-year probation period and was recently released from house arrest for his firearm and racketeering charges from 2019.
Social media users continue to bash The Hype House for this decision specifically on Twitter and TikTok. However, any formal apologies are still nonexistent.
everyone in the hype house hanging out with 6ix9ine is is disgusting and gross. y’all have children who look up to you and you’re hanging out with a man who molested children he’s a pedophile and y’all posting this on your platform for clout…
— chrishona ♡ (@vinniesstorms) September 9, 2020
hype house really says blm and then they go and hang out with 6ix9ine
— 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗮ʷᵈʷ² (@DEARDEFENCE) September 11, 2020
Other current members of The Hype House include Avani Gregg, Tayler Holder, Chase Hudson, Alex Warren, James Wright and Jack Wright. Currently, Charli D’Amelio is not directly associated with the house at this time.
What do you think about Tekashi Six Nine and his recent influencer PR campaign?
Some TikTok users are deciding to unfollow the stars that were a part of this. Others are ending their support of The Hype House entirely.