Valkyrae Feels Trapped in RFLCT Contract — Drama Explained
Valkyrae's RFLCT controversy doesn't seem to end soon.
The American YouTuber recently added to the drama when she responded to the growing backlashes and accusations during a YouTube stream, which has since been removed within hours of going live.
Trapped in RFLCT Skincare Contract
One of the many things she talked about in the live session was her RFLCT skincare contract, implying she now felt trapped being in that contract.
She first shared that she was initially named as the "Creative Collaborator" of the brand, but it was later changed to "Co-Founder" so that it looked prettier in her social media bio.
"I saw their research. I loved it, I thought it was so sick and I can't wait to be a part of this," she stated before admitting that she no longer wanted to be a part of it.
Valkyrae, real name Rachell Hofstetter, further explained she was in a bound contract and believed in the product, but since the research could not be public, she did not wish to be involved. However, she added she didn't have a choice and had to stay committed to her contract.
That’s the hard part. And that’s the honest truth… I don’t know if I really want to continue. But I don’t know if I really have a choice.
Valkyrae Reveals Why the Research Can't Be Published
When many of her viewers asked her to talk about the research of the RFLCT skincare products, she shared that she was not aware the research could not be published.
She said it was tough for her to be part of a brand that didn't reveal their research and work process.
"They can't show it because the specific research can be stolen by other companies," she added, revealing why the brand was against publishing the research. "The individual research being researched with how it works with blue light, I saw that."
Her Response to Backlash and Scam Accusations: Drama Explained
The drama relating to Valkyrae and RFLCT started after she launched a new skincare line — RFLCT — on October 19, 2021, with herself securing the position of a co-founder.
While many appreciated and congratulated her for the project, some spread negative comments, saying she created a solution to a problem that never existed.
The hate comment swirled around the internet because the brand claimed it protects against "blue light pollution" emitted from screens without sharing the research or conclusive evidence to back it up.
"There is absolutely no need to protect your skin from blue light coming from screens," one netizen wrote on social media.
Similar backlash and scam accusations continued to come in the YouTuber's way, who eventually responded to the matter, saying, "I'm also very confused," and asked people to wait until the next day for further clarification.
In her previous YouTube stream, she stated that it was "crazy" to blame her and put her in the middle of the drama because she was the face of the products.
Valkyrae also added that if she had the power to go back, she would have been more aware of what would be shown.