How one girl's racy YouTube video reviews inspired vicious backlash and even death threats
YouTube has always provided fertile ground for controversy and debate but now one of its users is receiving death threats from her opponents.
Alejandra Gaitan, known to subscribers of her channel as 'The Reply Girl', wears skimpy clothing in her video reviews of other popular YouTube posts and in doing so has become embroiled in an online war.
Rival 'reply girls', YouTube users and companies posting content are infuriated by the way Miss Gaitan exploits her generous assets to make money from advertisers and have started calling her names like 'whore'.
What's your response Alejandra Gaitan, known on YouTube as The Reply Girl, posts video reviews of popular videos wearing skimpy clothing
Earning around $100 per video and up to $1,000 for those that draw more than 500,000 hits, the sassy internet sensation has come under fire from people fed up of her 'hustling'.
On the list of insults directed her
way by angry users, she told Gawker, are: 'go kill yourself, go suicide,
jump off a cliff, I'm going rape you, I'm going to go ahead kill you,
I'm going to hack your account…'
'Mainly negative,' she added.
But the softly spoken Latina, who lives in Canada, doesn't believe she is doing anything wrong by using her curves to make money legally.
'It's nature, it's sex appeal,' she explained in a short documentary about her daytime job for Daily Dot in which she admitted at one time she tried to make it as a model.
'Reply Idiot': Rivals, YouTube users and frustrated companies have vented their disgust on her channel posting comments like 'go kill yourself'
Her family don't see it like that.
According to the Daily Dot film, Miss Gaitan's parents are so
disapproving she may have to move out of home.
Miss Gaitan's clips, of which she makes anywhere between five and ten a day, are just long enough for advertisers to display their messages and pay her accordingly for the privilege
They know that because of the close-up shots on her chest her short movies will drive a lot of traffic to her channel and been seen by thousands of people.
Though her thick accent often makes it a challenge to comprehend what she is saying, most viewers either don't care or are there to post hateful comments about her.
Sassy: Miss Gaitan is paid by advertisers who know that her videos draw thousands of hits every day even from those who despise her
Complaints come in a more formal manner from companies who lose traffic when visitors to their channels click on the The Reply Girl's thumbnail rather than theirs.
They grumble that the 'related videos' algorithm keeps these kinds of videos at the top of the page even if people are hitting the dislike in response to the post.
YouTube are acting to better take into account the rambling, boob-enhanced 'related' clips and how it is affecting other featured channels.
If she loses her audience, however, Miss Gaitan is optimistic she'll be okay.
'Regardless of all the hate, there's this small group that supports me,' she said.
'If the YouTube partnership or monetization program didn't exist, I would keep doing personal blogs, you know, 'cause they do appreciate me.'