The ‘Classically Abby’ YouTube channel belongs to Abigail Shapiro, the sibling of political commentator Ben Shapiro. Many have been curious about the connection between the two and how it has influenced Classically Abby. Here is what you should know about Abigail and ‘Classically Abby.’
Who is Abigail Shapiro?
Born in 1992 in a conservative Jewish family in Los Angeles, Abigail was raised in Modern Orthodox Judaism. However, she currently identifies herself as an ‘Orthodox aspiring.’ She is married to attorney Jacob Roth, with whom she has one child and another on the way.
Often referred to as Abby by her fans and followers, Abigail is a trained opera singer and online content creator. She began ‘Classically Abby‘ to merge her love for music and her views on lifestyle, beauty, and culture. While she might be the sister of Ben Shapiro, her content mainly centers on lifestyle topics, beauty, faith, and conservative viewpoints on various issues.
Abigail turned to YouTube during the pandemic. Her channel has content on makeup, hair, and other topics, such as advice about living as a ‘classy’ woman. As of now, her YouTube channel has over 114k subscribers, 84k Twitter followers, and 95k followers on Instagram.
Why is ‘Classically Abby’ Controversial?
While music and the arts do play an important role in the channel, with Abigail often sharing her singing performances, it is her take on societal and cultural topics that resulted in the most debate. On the internet, she is targeted for her views on feminism, marriage, motherhood, and transgenderism.
Abigail’s content mainly promotes a women-oriented form of conservatism. She talks about her ideas on gender roles, pop culture, and occasionally Judaism. While she doesn’t label herself as a ‘tradwife,’ some believe her views align with the ideology.
Her videos that receive low engagement are paradoxically the most positively received. Abby, for her part, has always stated that her channel aims to offer an alternative viewpoint, and she encourages open dialogue among her viewers.
Abigail became a victim of online antisemitic bullying and trolling after her identity became known. She still continues to face backlash for her views and statements, especially those related to popular celebrities, such as Madonna and Taylor Swift.
Her channel’s comment sections often feature discussions, with viewers sharing their agreements and disagreements or simply seeking further clarity on the topics she presented. In response to the discussions surrounding her channel, Abigail stated multiple times that she values open dialogue and encourages respectful conversation.
Is the Controversy Related to Ben Shapiro?
Ben Shapiro, Abigail’s brother, is a famous conservative commentator, and she is said to be following in Ben’s footsteps. Ben’s public criticisms of the LGBTQ movement led to Abigail facing more trolling. Controversial tweets from Ben, later revealed to be fake by Snopes, exacerbated the trolling for Abigail as well.
On the other hand, Abigail publicly supported Ben on some issues, such as Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song lyrics.