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Onision VidCon 2011.jpg
Jackson at VidCon in 2011
Personal information
BornGregory James Daniel[1]
(1985-11-11) November 11, 1985 (age 34)
ResidenceGig Harbor, Washington
  • Skye Tantaga
    (m. 2005; div. 2010)
  • Kai Jackson (m. 2012)
YouTube information
Years active2006–present
GenreComedy, commentary
  • 2 million (Onision)
  • 2 million (UhOhBro)
  • 1.6 million (OnisionSpeaks)
  • 565 thousand (OnisionArchive)
  • 162 thousand (OnisionEncore)
  • 48 thousand (OniChan)
Total views2 billion (combined)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2009
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2013
Updated May 20, 2018

James Jackson[4] (born Gregory James Daniel; November 11, 1985)[1][5][6][4] is an American entertainer and YouTube personality.[7] He is known professionally by his online alias Onision (/ˈnsɒn/). His primary YouTube channel, "Onision", features sketches and satirical clips; videos posted to his other channels focus on personal stories covering topics such as suicide and self-harm as well as discussion with his viewers. His online content has attracted controversy and criticism from online media outlets and viewers alike.[7][8][9]

As of November 2019, Jackson's main Onision channel has received over 2 million subscribers and over 330 million video views;[10] his secondary channel "UhOhBro" has received just under 2 million subscribers and over 370 million video views;[11] and his vlog channel "OnisionSpeaks" has received over 1.6 million subscribers and over 550 million video views.[12] A music video titled "Banana Song (I'm A Banana)" , written and performed by Jackson, is his most-viewed video; as of November 2019, it has garnered over 70 million views.

Early life

Jackson has told fans his mother raised him and his older sisters in a rural environment and that they were Seventh-day Adventists.[5][6] Additionally, in his 2014 self-published Facts About Onision (Story Time) video, Jackson states that his mother "filed for divorce once it was made clear his father was a child predator."[6] During his teenage years, Jackson composed music and worked on web and graphic design.[6]

Online career

Video content

Jackson created his channel in 2006 but did not upload any content until October 2007.[2][10] His earliest clips featured a character named Chibi, whom fans interpreted as a parody of Fred Figglehorn.[2] In 2019, Insider wrote that Jackson was "best known for his objectifying content and controversial reputation," and detailed that "he rates pictures that women submit to him, gives his opinions on their bodies, and comments on other YouTubers."[3]

In 2009, Jackson uploaded the "Banana Song (I'm a Banana)" , which went viral. The video featured Jackson "jumping around screaming in a banana suit,"[3] as well as his first wife, Skye Tantaga.[2] "Banana Song" was featured on Comedy Central series Tosh.0 as the "Viewer Video of the Week" in 2010.[13]

In 2011, Jackson posted a number of clips with his then-girlfriend Shiloh Hoganson.[2] The clips were scripted but presented in a manner many fans interpreted as unscripted.[citation needed] In some of them, however, Hoganson is seen apparently experiencing transient amnesia; Adrienne Jourgensen, an ex-girlfriend of Jackson's, published a letter stating that Jackson believed Hoganson was lying about her memory loss.[2] Jackson and Hoganson later stated that she was pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.[2][8] In 2019, a video featuring Hoganson resurfaced online; in it, Jackson is heard telling her, "You know this video is never going to be online, right? No one will ever know how much I abuse you", before hurling candy corns at her and laughing.[14]


Jackson's on-camera and off-camera activity has received criticism from online media outlets as well as from fellow online content creators. In 2010, Tubefilter listed Jackson as one of "5 YouTubers On Their Way Up", alongside Shane Dawson and the Fine Brothers. The outlet described Jackson's channel as frequently updated with a "very rough, in-your-face R-rated style" and called Jackson "the most controversial YouTuber."[7] In 2012, The Daily Dot described Jackson as "known for his militant vegetarianism, sex appeal, comedic skits, and controversial views on topics like circumcision."[15] The publication has also criticized his content on multiple occasions; in 2013, James Cook wrote for the outlet, calling Jackson "YouTube's most troubled star".[8]

In 2018, Jackson was included on a Daily Dot-published list of six YouTubers "worse" than Logan Paul.[9] The outlet opined that "[Jackson's] videos these days [2018] are just as obnoxious and irritating as they were nine years ago when he first struck YouTube gold with a truly terrible song about being a banana."[9] Jackson has also received criticism from fellow YouTubers, notably Daniel Sulzbach (known online as MrRepzion) and Blaire White.[2][16] In a 2019 email to Insider, Jackson shared that "People hated me, with a passion, for my opinions I openly held."[3]


Event and platform bans

Jackson was banned from VidCon 2012 due to a video in which he stated that, since Jourgensen slept with more than 20 people before she was with him, she is a "slut" and therefore cannot be "raped".[2][15] The video then received a backlash from viewers outside of Jackson's core audience, as noted by NewMediaRockstars and The Daily Dot.[2][15] VidCon co-founder Hank Green issued an email to Jackson stating "if it is possible that you will not be safe, we will not let you come [to VidCon]."[2]

In November 2019, Jackson was banned from Patreon after posting the phone number of fellow YouTube creator Billie Dawn Webb, who claimed she had been groomed by and manipulated into a sexual relationship with Jackson. At the time, Webb was among several women who had accused Jackson of harassment, manipulation, and abuse.[16][17] Patreon confirmed in a statement to The Verge that they had banned Jackson "as he violated our Bullying and Harassment [policy] as it relates to doxing."[17] In response to the ban, Jackson uploaded a video of him seemingly contorting himself, screaming, pouring kombucha on himself, and shouting, "What am I going to do now?"[16] Jackson subsequently opened a new web site where his supporters could re-donate.[16] In a video soon after, Jackson announced that the site was shut down shortly after its launch.[18]

Allegations of abuse and child grooming

In 2019, allegations of child grooming and abuse were levied at Jackson and his spouse, Kai Avaroe.[3] Jackson responded by stating that "the grooming stuff is absolute nonsense."[3] As aforementioned, Webb also made allegations of abuse by Jackson and Avaroe, stating that she was sent texts asking her to "be chained to [the] basement wall for a week with a sign around [her] neck that says 'I'm sorry for lying.'"[3]

When reached by Insider for a comment in response to these allegations, Jackson requested $10,000 for an interview and stated: "I do not want to participate in this circus without compensation, I should be paid to endure to [sic] stupidity of the current state of outrage/online culture."[3]

On January 9, 2020, Jackson called 911 on American television journalist Chris Hansen and his law firm, Mike Morse, for knocking on his door. He described Hansen and his crew as "YouTube stalkers... Yelling things at [him] through the door". He had previously asked Hansen for $350,000 in order to be interviewed. Morse stated that, "It concerns me that he [has] two kids in the home," and that he, "really didn't like hearing about this guy on Have a Seat with Chris Hansen."[19] Jackson and Avaroe have since filed two petitions for an order of protection from unlawful harassment conduct, one (also on behalf of their children) against Hansen and the other against Sulzbach, who has hired a criminal attorney for the case, which was on January 24 at the Pierce County District Court in Washington state, according to their court database.[4] There, it turned out Jackson had served the wrong Chris Hansen[20] and had requested to dismiss both petitions because he was advised to consider an "alternative, more effective legal action against both defendants".[21] The request was swiftly granted.

Other controversies

In 2019, Jackson was fined $90,000 by the Planning & Public Works Department of Pierce County, Washington for disturbing the wetlands in his backyard.[22] As of December 2019, Jackson claimed to have paid the fee and that he was currently replanting the area.[22]

In early 2020, a police report detailing an incident from September 2019 was leaked, in which Jackson's two-year-old daughter had fallen from Jackson's second-story window onto a concrete driveway. The report further states, however, that the incident was deemed accidental and judged insufficient for Child Protective Services to get involved. [23]

See also

  • Lyldoll, current stage name of Jackson's former girlfriend Shiloh Hoganson


  1. ^ a b Jackson, James. "I Legally Changed My Name..." Retrieved January 27, 2020. My mom named me, as a child, Gregory James Daniel.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Manarino, Matthew (June 27, 2013). "Onision: The Definitive Timeline Of YouTube's Perfect Villain". NewMediaRockstars. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Graves, S. (December 10, 2019). "One of YouTube's most reviled personalities is crumbling under scandal and asked us to pay $10,000 for an interview". Insider. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Asarch, Steve (January 16, 2020). "Youtuber Onision Sues Chris Hansen And Repzion In Civil Court". Newsweek.
  5. ^ a b Jackson, Gregory Daniel. "Onision FAQ". Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d Jackson, Gregory Daniel (January 13, 2014). Facts About Onision (Story Time). Onision. YouTube. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Hyde, William (April 12, 2010). "5 YouTubers on Their Way Up". Tubefilter. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Cook, James (December 10, 2013). "YouTube's most troubled star". The Daily Dot. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Katzowitz, Josh (January 23, 2018). "Forget Logan Paul—these 6 wildly popular YouTube pranksters are worse". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Jackson, Gregory Daniel. "Onision – YouTube about page". YouTube. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Jackson, Gregory Daniel. "UhOhBro – YouTube about page". YouTube. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Jackson, Gregory Daniel. "OnisionSpeaks – YouTube about page". YouTube. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  13. ^ "Tosh.0 - February 3, 2010 - Friendly Tackle - Full Episode". Comedy Central. January 13, 2010. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  14. ^ Schroeder, Audra (December 6, 2019). "Video of YouTuber Onision threatening ex-girlfriend resurfaces". The Daily Dot. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  15. ^ a b c Eördögh, Fruzsina (January 25, 2012). "YouTuber inflames viewers with rape comments". The Daily Dot. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  16. ^ a b c d Asarch, Steven. "Who is Onision? YouTuber banned from Patreon after doxxing". Newsweek. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  17. ^ a b Kelly, Makena. "Controversial YouTuber banned from Patreon after alleged doxxing". The Verge. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  18. ^ Jackson, Gregory (November 27, 2019). hiatus. UhOhBro. YouTube. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  19. ^ Ikonomova, Violet (January 13, 2020). "Why Is Mike Morse Chasing Accused YouTube Sex Predator Onision?". Deadline Detroit.
  20. ^ Mike Morse Law Firm [@855mikewins] (January 25, 2020). "Here's the official response from the "wrong" Chris Hansen. Good guy who wrote an appropriate response to the court."(Tweet) Archived from the original on January 26, 2020 - via Twitter.
  21. ^ Repzion [@DDsulzbach] (January 24, 2020). He dismissed his own case against me. I guess he's going to sue me in civil court at some point is my guess for attempted "slander" and "damages"...(Tweet) Archived from the original on January 26, 2020 - via Twitter.
  22. ^ a b Asarch, Steven (December 24, 2019). "Sarah On Her Relationship With YouTuber Onision: 'Why Did You Think This Was OK?'". Newsweek. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  23. ^ Asarch, Steven (January 21, 2020). "YouTuber Onision Has Open FBI Investigation, Incident from September Resurfaces". Newsweek. Retrieved January 27, 2020.

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