On his YouTube channel Channel 5 and in his recent HBO Max documentary This place reigns, Andrew Callaghan, 25, has garnered millions of fans as a goofy, deadpan talker, pointing out the absurdities of modern culture. His direct interviews with fringe members of contemporary society – prepubescent MAGA chefs, QAnon influencers, Flat Earthers – have often gone viral, with Callaghan becoming something of a left-wing celebrity online.
However, on TikTok, Callaghan is now going viral for much less trivial reasons. Two women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, accusing the internet personality of pressuring them to have sex and breaking consent boundaries. Callaghan did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Rolling stone.
Caroline Elise, a TikToker who goes by the handle @cornbreadasserole, posted a video last week recounting her alleged experience with Callaghan. In her video, she alleges that Callaghan asked to stay home after getting into an argument with one of her crew members. Although she said she told him she wasn’t interested in sleeping with him, he nevertheless ‘eventually got my consent because he wore me out,’ she said in the video. “I said nonsense because I was trying to get it over with…that doesn’t mean I told him no. [He] yet found a way to make me do things I didn’t want to do.
In the video, Elise said she did not wish to come forward, only doing so after Callaghan’s popularity skyrocketed. “It’s even harder to have to relive the trauma I endured every day seeing this man as a social justice warrior, as someone who cares about human rights, getting a platform,” she says. “You shouldn’t support him.”
Another TikToker, Dana, or @moldyfreckle, posted her own series of videos on Jan. 8 claiming that Callaghan also pushed her to have sex with him. In a video, she alleges that she had met Callaghan once, but found him “mean” and “demanding”, and that he had “creeped [her] outside.” When he contacted her again, she refused to connect with him, only for him to invite her to dinner so he could apologize for his behavior. At dinner, he allegedly asked repeatedly to have sex with her in his car; although she said no, she offered to drive him home, “although I never want to have sex with him again,” she said. she declared.
In the car, according to @moldyfreckle, Callaghan touched his inner thigh, kissed his neck and tried to put his hand down his pants. “I told him to stop. I told him to let go of me multiple times,” she says in the video. ‘stop please.’ She then claims that she repeatedly told him to leave his car, which she says he eventually did, although he asked if she could a blowjob beforehand.Although she says they never spoke again after this incident, in response to commenters asking for receipts to back up her claims, @moldyfreckle also shared DM screen recordings which she allegedly exchanged with Callaghan planning to meet to show that the two had already been in contact.
As a host of the popular YouTube channel All gas without brakes, which he created while studying journalism at Loyola University in New Orleans, Callaghan traveled across the country in his RV, doing street man interviews with various eccentric personalities. . In his ill-fitting beige suit with a mop of curly hair, he’s become a fixture at QAnon rallies, furry counters and Flat Earther get-togethers, showcasing the underbelly of popular culture.
Although Callaghan’s channel tone began as largely comedic, it later evolved into more of a vehicle for social awareness, with Callaghan becoming something of a left-wing celebrity online. After announcing in the spring of 2021 that he was leaving All gas without brakes due to contract disputes, he launched a new channel, Channel 5which has more than two million subscribers.
His movie HBO Max 2022 This place reigns, produced with A24, features interviews with various far-right members leading up to the events of the January 6, 2021 insurrection attempt on Capitol Hill. The film was made by Abso Lutely Productions, the production company founded by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric fame.
Callaghan, HBO and A24 did not respond to requests for comment from Rolling stone. Representatives for Heidecker and Wareheim also did not respond to a request for comment.