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  • Jake Flanagin
By Jake Flanagin

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Filmmaker and actress Anna Akana, whose YouTube channel crests one million subscribers and 100 million views, got a bit of flack for selling ads on her popular videos. She lost some subscribers, self-proclaimed die-hards accused her of “selling out” in the comments section. Her response? “If a sellout is someone who puts high value on their work, than sure. If a sellout is someone who recognizes that money frees up your time to work on non-paying passion projects, awesome! If a sellout is someone who loves what they do, but also wants to make a living at it, than yeah.” Call her a sellout.

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