Everything You Need To Know About The Viral YouTuber Accused Of Faking His Own Hate Attack

Calum Mcswiggan posted an Instagram photo two days ago, claiming to be the victim of a brutal hate crime where he was punched in the face for being gay.

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Last night was the worst night of my life and I'm really struggling to find the words to talk about it. After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys. The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen. With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I've never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye. All I can do is thank my wonderful YouTube friends for being with me the whole way. I'd be lost without them. Right now I don't feel that I'm in the right place to talk about this but I will be addressing this fully in the future. UPDATE: I've posted a full statement of the night's events on my Facebook page.

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I followed Calum’s videos for a long time. He was one of the many gay YouTubers I watched as I slowly came out of the closet. He had one video about “ways to annoy a gay guy” that I always found particularly hysterical.

I slowly stopped keeping up with his videos, but when I saw his Instagram photo I was saddened and shocked.


Suffice to say, we would all become even more shocked when this allegation began trending.

Screenshot from People.com
Screenshot from People.com

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s stepped in to dispute Calum’s version of events after he claimed that the police “failed to protect him” the night of his attack.

The police say that they, β€œwere unable to substantiate the assault.” The mug shot provided to the LA Times, does not seem to show any injuries.

LA Sheriff
LA Sheriff

Almost instantly, the internet rioted.

But Calum claimed that we didn’t know the whole story. He spelled out his version of events in a Facebook post:

His friend Melanie also backed up his story, posting her version that appears to match up.

However, one commenter on Melanie’s status had to disagree with the entire narrative that was being pushed. He claimed to witness the whole thing firsthand.


Melanie, pushed back:


And Damien told his whole story:


But even Melanie, by the end of the discussion, was admitting that her views were held together by her faith in Calum.

(Which isn’t at all unreasonable when it comes to friends, but something for us β€” the general public β€” to keep in mind).


As of right now, the internet community is arguing aboutΒ whether Calum is telling the truth or not.

Many people want him to post a picture with his allegedly broken teeth β€” which is what Calum claimed was injured in the initial hate attack on him.

And a recent internet poll shows that people are skeptical of his story.

Calum claims that evidence of phone calls and video footage will eventually exonerate him.

I kinda hope it does, because the alternative is extremely fucked up. TC mark


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