Who is Trisha Paytas?

Trisha Paytas is a longtime YouTuber, admitted troll and practically invented the phrase “no stranger to controversy”. Let’s unpack Trisha Paytas’ controversies — or at least some of the bigger ones. In Paytas’ early videos, she played a character called Trishii, who was supposed to be a Japanese pop star. Her portrayal involved dark makeup and what many perceived to involve racist stereotypes against Asians. In 2015, Paytas admitted to Business Insider that she thought “dumbing [her]self down” would get attention and views. In 2016, Paytas faced backlash over a coming out video in which she claimed to identify as a chicken nugget. She faced backlash again in 2019, after posting a video in which she claimed to be transgender. In a 20-minute video titled “Meet My Alters,” Paytas claimed to have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and “multiple personalities”. In addition to using incorrect terminology to describe her “alters,” Paytas admitted that she has never been formally diagnosed with the disorder