Although JoJo Siwa (17) is currently being celebrated for sharing her coming out story on social media, there might be a few people who are not as supportive of the cheerful teenager joining the LGBTQ+ community. JoJo and her family became victims of a swatting incident during the weekend, and it’s now speculated that Siwa’s coming out story might have been the reason behind the frightening event. What happened at the Siwa Los Angeles family home, and what has JoJo herself got to say about it? We’ve got the exclusive behind the scenes details just for you!
JoJo Breaks The Stigma Around Coming Out Online
The seventeen-year-old influencer and ex ‘Dance Moms’ participant JoJo Siwa surprised everyone with a coming-out TikTok video on the 21st of January. The particular clip has been viewed for nearly 37 million times and has also earned the sympathy of other popular TikTokers such as James Charles (21) and Brooklynne Webb (16).
JoJo was pretty open when speaking on her sexuality and newfound happiness during an Instagram Live stream, which aired on the 24th of January. During the live stream, the teenager revealed her true feelings regarding the process of coming out online. JoJo said, and we quote:‘ Coming out has this stigma around it that it’s a really, really, really scary thing, but it’s not anymore. There are so many loving and accepting people in this world.’
In case you have missed out on the live stream, the video is still available for viewing down below:
Siwa Family Home Allegedly Swatted By The Paparazzi
Although people’s responses to JoJo openly joining and expressing her love towards the LBGTQ+ community were extremely positive, the event appeared to have caused a particular individual to do the unimaginable and swat JoJo’s and her family’s house in Los Angeles.
The particular incident took place over the last weekend. The swatting affected all members of the Siwa family including JoJo Siwa, her brother Jayden Siwa (20), mom Jessalynn Siwa (46) and dad Tom Siwa (50). The whole family was spotted outside their home surrounded by at least 7 police vehicles, a fire truck and a bunch of police officers, along with members of the SWAT team.
If you’re not familiar with the term, swatting is basically a high stakes prank which entails someone making a hoax call to 911. The call is made to report an incident which would usually require a SWAT team’s presence. It’s yet unclear who made the false report, but people are speculating the illegal act was performed by the paparazzi. This assumption occurred due to the media being outside JoJo’s house at the exact time of the swatting taking place.
The swatting was also captured on video and can be seen by clicking on the link below:
JoJo Addresses The Scary Experience Via Instagram Live
The ‘Boomerang’ singer addressed the situation with her family friend and videographer Nate Javier via his Instagram account (@natejavi). During the live stream, JoJo revealed, and we quote: ’Our house got swatted. We were at our place and, all of a sudden, there was a whole bunch of police telling us to come outside. And we didn’t know why. We headed outdoors, hands up like you have to. The police said that somebody had called and made a claim and then all of a sudden paparazzi came around the corner. It’s called swatting where the media will actually call the police so that way you have to come outside your house.’
Despite describing the particular incident as scary and quite spine-chilling, both Nate and JoJo remained positive and light-spirited during the video. It was also stated that the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) is currently doing their best to identify the suspects.
The full video of JoJo and Nate addressing the swatting incident can be seen here:
Fans Describe The Event As Disgusting Homophobic Hate Crime
After the whole swatting situation, JoJo’s fans didn’t hold back their emotions and expressed wrath towards the pranker. People referred to the incident as a disgusting homophobic hate crime and indicated that swatting can actually lead to death in several cases. See what else JoJo’s fan base had to say concerning the swatting below:
Should the paparazzi be held accountable for the swatting incident? Or is there another possible explanation to the event in question? We want to see your opinion in our comments section!
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