Bobbi Althoff (@bobbialthoff) has quickly become one of the most recognizable faces in pop culture podcasting, but social media users are questioning the methods behind her rise.
Althoff, the host of “The Really Good Podcast” on YouTube, pivoted from being a parenting influencer to an interview-focused podcaster in July 2023, when she interviewed rap superstar Drake for her first episode. The 26-year-old mom of two even faced allegations of being an industry plant earlier this year as her page traffic began to grow due to the high profiles of her guests.
Since July, she’s interviewed some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including Lil Yachty, Tyga and Offset. However, users online are starting to call out her attitude in these interviews, claiming that she’s using Black spaces to grow her platform despite giving the appearance that she feels she’s above them.
“My biggest issue with Bobbi is not her dry humor, it’s her insistence on making a career out of being in spaces she thinks she’s too good for,” wrote @kyla_lacey in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
My biggest issue with Bobbi is not her dry humor, it’s her insistence on making a career out of being in spaces she thinks she’s too good for. https://t.co/8cIi6Uecfo
— Kyla Jenée Lacey (@Kyla_Lacey) October 1, 2023
“This woman wasn’t someone interested in doing hip-hop interviews, but was probably planted and using social dynamics as a gateway to drive clicks,” Jovanny Bates (@jay.gov) says in his video.
Bates made the argument that Althoff is using her platform and alleged ignorance of her subjects to gain fame while not having legitimate interest in the spaces she enters.
He made the post as a response to a viral video of Althoff at a strip club with rapper Sukihana. Althoff showed a similar awkwardness at a Drake concert in August. Althoff’s interview with Drake has been taken down from her channel.
Sukihana took Bobbi Althoff to the strip club and had her on stage 😂 pic.twitter.com/4JQbVx7gKR
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) October 1, 2023
Bobbi look like she enjoying the Drake concert pic.twitter.com/2vodIQ3fJ5
— Wost🐰 (@mosthiphop) August 13, 2023
That said, Althoff made comments in one of her recent interviews that suggested her client booking strategy may not be fully hers.
In a recent interview with former Migos member Offset, Althoff said that she didn’t know who the rapper was or how the two got in the same room.
“I honestly don’t know how this came about,” Althoff said in the interview. “Never heard of Offset. I Googled you on the way here.”
Althoff’s statements left several users confused about how she decides who to interview.
“My big question is why she keeps gravitating specifically towards black people, particularly ones she doesn’t seem to connect with. It really stuck out to me that HER team were the ones who called Offset. Very curious why pick Suki, Offset, & Drake but not like Sabrina Carpenter,” wrote @thedejaking on X.
While some X users are blaming Althoff for taking advantage of Black spaces, others have put more of the responsibility on the specific creators who choose to work with her.
But at the same time they be inviting and making room for her in these spaces… like was it no one else these black entertainers could’ve put in the spotlight???
— Alexis (@marieeeelex48) October 1, 2023
Althoff is signed to WME, one of the biggest talent agencies in the world. The podcaster, who is currently scheduled to do shows with Funny Marco (@realfunnymarco) — a fellow dry and sarcastic interviewer — hasn’t spoken about these allegations.
In The Know By Yahoo reached out to Althoff and her management team for comment but didn’t receive a response.
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