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A sketch parodying YouTuber apologies aired during Saturday's episode of "Saturday Night Live."
Many compared the characters in the sketch to David Dobrik and the Vlog Squad.
Dobrik recently posted apology videos following an Insider report on a Vlog Squad rape allegation.
In a sketch that aired on Saturday night, "Saturday Night Live" took a stab at one of the internet's most storied content genres - the YouTuber apology video. Some people are saying that it's a clear parody of David Dobrik and his Vlog Squad, who have come under fire in recent weeks after Insider reported a rape allegation against former Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis.
The pre-recorded sketch, titled "Viral Apology Video," centers on a group of content creators who call themselves the Prank Posse, led by Marky Munro (Kyle Mooney) and his friend JP (the night's host, Daniel Kaluuya). Throughout, Marky is constantly apologizing for one thing or another: old content from his past, pranking JP by dropping a flat-screen television on him as he sleeps, and a video titled "tricking JP into kissing my penis."
Viewers were quick to point out online that the sketch seemed to be parodying Dobrik and the Vlog Squad, the group of creators with whom he created fast-paced comedy videos.
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Representatives for "Saturday Night Live" did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The sketch did appear to include parallels to Dobrik, his content, and previous incidents involving the Vlog Squad. Each of Marky Munro's Prank Posse videos feature three exclamation points at the end of every title (Dobrik's vlogs typically feature two), and Munro's hairstyle is reminiscent of Dobrik's own. The "tricking JP into kissing my penis" video referenced in the sketch is also reminiscent of a now unavailable vlog in which former Vlog Squad member Seth Francois was tricked into kissing Jason Nash, an experience which Francois recently described as sexual assault.
Dobrik has recently posted several apology videos of his own following the Insider investigation into the allegation of rape against Zeglaitis. The woman who made the allegations said that she was given alcohol by Vlog Squad members while she was under 21, blacked out from intoxication, and was involved in group sex with Zeglaitis while she was unable to consent. Footage from that night was included in a since-deleted 2018 Vlog Squad video posted on Dobrik's channel.
Dobrik uploaded his first apology video on March 16 on his podcast YouTube channel, which has nearly 17 million fewer subscribers than his main channel. In the video, he said that consent was important to him and that some of his previous videos no longer represent who he is. He also said that he had distanced himself from Zeglaitis.
He posted a second apology video on his main channel on March 23. saying that he's never apologized "correctly" or "respectfully, and my last video is a testament to that." He went on to specifically address the rape allegations against Zeglaitis, saying that he believes the woman accusing him and apologized for putting her and her friends in the environment that led to the alleged assault.
The "Viral Apology Video" sketch has been viewed over 1.4 million times on both YouTube and Twitter as of Monday morning.
Dobrik did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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