It doesn’t matter who you are, as long as someone else is involved in an incident, be it an argument, a crime, or a relationship, there will always be two sides to the story. Even in 2017, despite the wealth of recording equipment keeping track of us at all hours of our day, there are still going to be different interpretations to evidence.
Our story begins on Thanksgiving night, in a Cleveland bar, and two very famous people who were about to be caught in a situation they didn’t realize would be open to much interpretation in the coming days…
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In this day and age, the internet celebrity is as much a media darling as the old Hollywood greats of yesteryear. People like Lindsey Stirling, Bethany Mota, and even the Angry Video Game Nerd, receive endorsements, make appearances, and have legions of fans scrambling to follow their every move over social media.
Alissa and FaZe
YouTube and Instagram sensation Alissa Violet, 21, and her boyfriend Ricky ‘FaZe’ Banks, 26, are two such internet celebrities. Both have turned their Instagram and Youtube celebrity status into a veritable fortune. This level of celebrity and success can be a blessing, but sometimes, it can also be a curse…
It was Thanksgiving night, not your usual night for going out and bar-hopping. Still, despite being weighed down by turkey, wine, and pumpkin pie, Alissa and her boyfriend Ricky decided to spend their Thanksgiving out on the town in Cleveland, Ohio. Their first stop was a bar/restaurant known as the Barley House.
Though not many people know how it began, Alissa and her boyfriend were apparently assaulted whilst in the Barley House. They even got some footage of the assault, which involved some of the venue’s staff members. By the time they emerged from the bar, both Alissa and Ricky were wearing the scars of the night’s encounter. But that was only the beginning of their troubles…
Black and Blue
Alissa came out of the bar sporting a black eye and a battered lip. Ricky on the other hand only sustained a broken hand, which he apparently injured while punching one of the men whom both he and his girlfriend allege was attacking her. Almost immediately, the two internet savvy celebrities took to Twitter to express what they had just endured.
Posts and Pics
Among their posts related to the bar incident were photos of Alissa and her bruises, as well as pictures of Ricky’s busted hand. The images were accompanied by a video of Ricky yelling accusations while still at the bar, indicating that someone was trying to choke him and that someone else had tried to grab Alissa’s behind…
Gather the Troops
The posts had the desired result. In no time at all, Ricky’s 1.89 million Twitter followers had come to his and Alissa’s aid. The internet celebs were going to use their millions of followers (Alissa has a whopping 7.3 million on Instagram) to make the Barley House pay for what they’d done to them that Thanksgiving night.
In a testament to the unbelievable power of celebrity status, millions of dedicated fans of the two YouTubers came to their aid and launched a brutal hate campaign against the Barley House. But hating on the place wasn’t enough, they had to make the bar suffer for the indignity and harm they’d caused their YouTube idols…
One person was so incensed that they even started an online campaign asking for the Barley House to be closed. In a moment of rationality amongst the tide of insanity that was the hate campaign, the petition only received one signature. If it had ever gotten the requisite amount of signatures however, it was to be delivered to Ohio governor and former Presidential candidate John Kasich.
As insane as things got with Alissa and Ricky’s hate campaign against the Barley House, there was still one thing that had to be considered. The Barley House had their own side to the story and as far as they were concerned, the establishment was blaming Alissa and Ricky as the instigators of the whole ordeal…
‘We have done an internal investigation,” wrote the establishment when firing back at the tirade of bad press they’ve received as a result of the altercation. According to them, their conclusion is that their employees did an “exceptional job handling the situation.”
They went on to add that both Ricky and Alissa have instigated situations like this on three separate occasions at the bar. ‘We have also come to the conclusion that Ricky and Alissa are instigators, liars, and manipulators. They are trying to use their social media influence to not only destroy our business, but to encourage people to harm our employees physically and emotionally.” It was a bold reactive statement, and it provoked an interesting reaction all its own…
Not only was their statement of retaliation bold but they also threw shade at the YouTube stars’ followers. “Shame on those of you that have just taken these two intoxicated people’s words to the point of threatening innocent people’s lives before we could even do our proper due diligence to ensure no one on our team did anything wrong…”
While it is still very unclear exactly what transpired at Barley House, the footage from Ricky’s cellphone points a very damning light on the part of the bar, that despite their insistence that they did everything the right way, is hard to ignore. Nevertheless, the footage also shows Alissa threatening the establishment….
Yet, does this mean that Ricky and Alissa started the fight on purpose? The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Upon closer inspection, the footage from inside the bar has some audio recorded where Rick and Alissa can be heard yelling “Do you know who we are? We can ruin you?” over and over. This is corroborated by witness statements of other bar patrons as well.
Barley House even made a YouTube video statement to explain all this to Ricky and Alissa’s many followers. “We felt obligated as local owners to stand up to these lies against our establishment and our employees with the hope that we shed light on what kind of people Alissa and Ricky actually are.” Sadly, for the Barley House, it may already be too little, too late…
With over 9.5 million fans and followers between them, it seems understandable that a great many of Alissa and Ricky’s fans have taken to famous business critique website Yelp to speak ill of the Barley House. For weeks following the incident, the bar’s Yelp page was flooded with negative comments and damaging reviews.
One of the reviewers wrote: “Zero stars. Their employees assault customers and THEN go on social media to try and defend themselves for their unprofessional and criminal behavior.” Another said “Don’t waste your money or risk getting your face beat here.” While a third stated, “Terrible service being put out there, the bouncer was extremely rude to my friends, Ricky and Alissa and also did not have the politeness to welcome us into the bar,” All was not lost for Barley House, however…
The flood of reviews was so outlandish as to be completely false and therefore Yelp itself had to get involved. The website has taken to cleaning up the bar’s page in an effort to remove some of the abusive posts and restore normalcy. Unfortunately for them, you can’t undo everything.
Helping No One
In the meantime, plenty of Alissa and Ricky’s supporters have left outraged messages on Twitter railing against the bar, calling its staff members ‘f*****g disgusting human beings’ or other such phrases. It’s clear to this writer though, that regardless of who was at fault, this juvenile behavior helps no one.